Stuart Hart: Inner Voice
In places I heard flashes of Gambale, "Ernie's Over", and lots of Richard Smith voicings. Hart's soloing reminded me of Tommy Bolin's fusion modes on "First Impressions" but that jazz standards breakdown, groove lost my interest here as well as in other cuts. I guess I've heard way too much "cruise boat", Caribbean-slick jazz in my day. You see, it's this Hart plays excellent guitar, polished jazz but the soulfire seems low-key, buried in doing everything acceptably jazz-correct and "safe". Inner Voice is mostly bereft of that intangible quality called soul energetics, soul-fire, and laying-all-the-cards abandon. Catch my drift? Cool yet cold. In spite of my clear subjectiveness here, I recommend folks try Hart out anyway! Especially sample "Running Out of Words, the outro on "The Green Pedal" w/Hart and Dennis Chambers rippin' it up in good olde '70s fusion, (Larry Coryellian/11th House), style and lastly, check out "Instrumentality".
I hate to slam Hart's effort here in any way because he is one great person doing incredibly fine things with his talent after many, many struggles through grief and pain to finally release this CD. Still, I believe artists want true reviews versus "fluff jobs". So do it again, Stuart! You can play the heck outta that PRS dude. Kick out the jams next time and loose all that lounge-jazz restraint.
Track listing:1. Running Out of Words; 2. Ernie’s Over; 3. The Green Pedal; 4. First Impressions; 5. Right from the Right; 6. Speaquinox; 7. Toe Nails; 8. Instrumentality
Record Label: Mother West Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock