James Hurt: Dark Grooves - Mystical Rhythms
Highly recommended, Hurt’s album ranges from smooth melody to harsh outside music, sometimes within the same piece. "Eleven Dreams," for instance, comes across as outright avant-garde at the start, then evolves into a loping blues. Similarly, each of the pianist’s arrangements allows for variety and passion that takes off in an impressive outing for a jazz newcomer.
Track Listing: Neptune; The Tree of Life; Waterfall; Mars; Jupiter; Eleven Dreams; Venus; Dark Nines; Faith; Pyramids; Orion
Personnel: James Hurt- piano; Francois Moutin, Eric Revis- double bass; Ari Hoenig, Eric McPherson, Nasheet Waits, Dana Murray- drums; Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Greg Tardy- tenor saxophone; Antonio Hart, Abraham Burton, Sherman Irby- alto saxophone; Russell Gunn- trumpet; Robin Eubanks- trombone; Elizabeth Kantumanou- vocal chant on "Waterfall."
Record Label: Blue Note Records