Dan Lambert: Melodies/Improvisations
Despite the segmental advance of new ideas, many of which hint at being somewhat pre-arranged in nature, Lambert avoids harmonic complexity. A lot of the material on Melodies barely implies major or minor tonality; fifths and ninths are more the rule than sevenths. Octaves pop up everywhere, reinforcing the resonant sound the guitarist pursues to the exclusion of emotional tension. Melodies is a laid back record, with little pretense or suggestion. Not that Lambert's technical prowess is anything but superlative; it's just that he uses it to pursue consonance to the exclusion of dissonance. Listeners coming towards jazz from a folk perspective may find this record quite satisfying.
Track Listing: October Rhythm; Harbinger; Baysbrown; To Donny; A Life's Dream; Design; Secret of the Secret; In the Shade by the River; All Legs; Theme for an Imaginary Talk Show; Pirates in West Texas; Please Remember Me; Grasslands; McDonalds on Beale Street; Song Within a Song.
Personnel: Dan Lambert, acoustic guitar.
Record Label: Coordinate Records
Style: Fringes of Jazz