So: What makes this one work? The compositions, all but two by Darren, are likable in an easy-going sort of way. They seem to absorb many tunes that have come before and package them in new ways; they're new but they make you think you've heard them before. A plus for me is the fact that all the parts are played by live musicians, and in this case it's an All-Star cast: Gregg Karukas or Joe Sample on keyboards, Vinnie Coliauta or Land Richards on drums, John Pena, Alex Al, or Keith Jones on bass, Lenny Castro and / or Brian Kilgore on percussion, and Dino Saldo and Tom Scott (on one cut) on sax. The expertise of these musicians certainly helps the music along. And perhaps the most subjective, intangible quality this CD has is taste; simple, eloquent, good taste.
In any event, this CD pushes the right buttons for me. I like it.
Record Label: Telarc Records
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