Jango's new release,Dreamland, seems to have a split personality, with both halves positioned for the current "smooth jazz" format. The even numbered tunes are vocals, stylistically akin to late-70s/early-80s top forty pop tunes. "City of the 2nd Chance," "Dreamtown" and "Golden Fool" reflect an obvious Steely Dan influence, the cover "How Long (Has This Been Going On)" and "Too Much Time" bear remarkable similarity to Hall and Oates. Tunes such as this are now a staple on smooth jazz playlist. The odd-numbered tunes are instrumentals, and vocalist Steve Nieves switches to sax (usually soprano) to pursue the Kenny G-clone route. With the tone of the program constantly alternating between the two genres, there's no real continuity. And while it's all competently performed, one does wonder what Jango adds to the music scene that hasn't been done many times before. Is this what the group would really be playing given total artistic freedom, or is this a calculated effort to break onto the playlists? Will the real Jango please stand up? (Samson Music)
Tracks:Dreamtown Intro; City of the 2nd Chance; With Your Love (Victor's Song); How Long; 7th Journey; Dreamtown; Driftin'; Too Much Time; Kings Road; Message to Ramona; Sunset to the Sea; Goldon Fool. (51:54)
Steve Nieves, lead vocal, sax, percussion; Steve Le Gassick, keyboards; Nick Kirgo, guitars; Leon Johnson, bass; Dave Beyer, drums.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.