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Big Neighborhood: 11:11

Read "11:11" reviewed by Donald Elfman


Right at the start of this set, on “Anthem for Jolyon Wagg, we can see and hear what this group is all about. It's new music alright but it's smart, well-played and colorful while at the same time being straight ahead, in the pocket and most mellifluous. These guys write smart tunes that give the players a chance to shine and listen to each other. They're inventive without being arty for arty's sake. It's a big neighborhood ...

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Big Neighborhood: 11:11

Read "11:11" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The liner note explanation of the title of Big Neighborhood's second CD release, penned by the group's guitarist/leader, David White, sounds sort of loopy and New Age weird. White claims that “in some circles 11:11 is a wake-up code as seen on digital clocks designed to reach the subconscious mind and trigger genetically encoded memories showing us that we are higher spirits...."Claptrap. Go hug a crystal. That's my take on it. But when you spend an evening with ...

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Big Neighborhood: Neighbors

Read "Neighbors" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


This sax/bass/guitar/drums quartet struck me on first listen as a group that Steely Dan might hire for a recording session. The sound is crisp and clean, modern, with sharp lines and well-defined, ear-grabbing tangents. And democratic, as opposed to a sax-in-front-of-a-rhythm section affair. Then I heard some Pat Metheny shadings when guitarist David White brings the guitar synthesizer into the mix; but the sound is friskier than Metheny's, the group more concise in the collaboration.The collective sound is ...


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