Here, Scotsman, Nigel Clark utilizes a nylon string acoustic guitar for a series of predominately up-tempo standards and original compositions. Besides being influenced by the great Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt - the artist rounds out his overall attack with rippling single note leads, and classically tinged, flamenco-style expressionism. Clark also utilizes space and depth in concert with his band’s lightly swinging tempo on Herbie Hancock’s “Dolphin Dance.” Whereas, the guitarist renders blazingly fast, yet concisely stated lines atop a peppery samba groove during his composition titled, “Sakura Samba.” However, the musicians perpetuate an open-air like environment on, “Island Dance,” where the leader harmonizes with bassist, Ewen Vernal amid complexly stated passages and the rhythm sections’ oscillating swing groove. Otherwise, Clark tempers the generally vibrant proceedings with a few nicely arranged ballads.
A guitarist who has performed with a variety of European notables, spanning multiple genres, Clark demonstrates his eloquent phraseology and near supersonic speed throughout this altogether attractive program. Simply put, Clark is a facilitator of fine jazz music via his awe-inspiring technique, graceful mode of execution and mood-evoking sensibilities. Recommended.
Track Listing: 1.East of the Sun 2.Grand Hotel Europa 3.Dolphin Dance 4.Sakura Samba (Cherry Blossom Samba) 5. Once I Loved 6.In Another Mood 7.Island Dance 8.Caso De Verao (A Summer Affair) 9.How Deep Is The Ocean 10.You Are Too Beautiful
The first jazz record I bought was a Verve compilation of 10 LPs! I saved for more than six months and gave it to myself as a
Christmas present. I was about 18 years old. Since then, my love for jazz has taken me to program the only jazz radio station in
Mexico City, Horizonte 107.9 FM.