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Dan Zimmerman: Drifting Home

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In an era where shredding and playingasfastasyoupossiblycan for no apparent reason have become a norm, it was a pleasure to listen to a guitar being nurtured as the beautiful classic musical instrument that it is.

Drifting Home is the first solo effort from veteran guitarist Dan Zimmerman. It features nine original songs. All of them composed by Zimmerman. Bassist Brendan Statom and drummer Luis Munoz were at the core of this ensemble providing more than just a solid foundation.

The hauntingly clever and melodic piece entitled "The Hangman" kicks off Zimmerman's stylish offering. Soft and intelligent guitar progressions lead in to the scintillating chops of trumpeter Jonathan Dane. As is the case through the majority of Drifting Home Zimmerman's compositions and arrangements are precise and well designed.

From the delicate and sultry "Erasure" to the subdued yet jazzy "Mosquitos," Zimmerman displays a fine and nuanced touch that I alluded to at the outset.

"Nate's Place" rivals "The Hangman" for being my favorite song in this set. Munoz and keyboardist Brian Mann shine along with Zimmerman on this slow burn. This tune is a great example of staying nifty all up and down the line without rushing.

Zimmerman's classical training came to the forefront on "The Two Cats." The manner in which he softly melds with trumpeter Dane makes this a stand out piece.

They close with the beautifully composed "Ghosts." This was assuredly well thought out placement and left this listener wanting more.

Zimmerman's approach is cemented in patience and thoughtfulness. The pacing and tempo comfortably allows time to breathe and absorb the subtleties and distinctions that are well crafted in this stellar debut.

Track Listing: The Hangman; Erasure; Home; Mosquitos; Kim's Song; Nate's Plate; The Two Cats; Drifting Away; Ghosts

Personnel: Dan Zimmerman guitar Luis Munoz drums Brendan Statom upright bass Brian Mann Keyboards George Friedenthal Keyboards Jonathan Dane Trumpet

Title: Drifting Home | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Dizzymusic

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