This is pretty solid — if not terribly original — fusion from the bespectacled, Paul Reed Smith-wielding Stuart Hart. With a rotating roster that includes the likes of Gary Thomas on sax, Paul Bollenback on second guitar, Evan Miller on keys, Matt Garrison on bass, and Dennis Chambers on drums, Hart delivers funky tunes and high-energy, fuzzed-out guitar playing. There are echoes of the Yellowjackets, Scott Henderson, Electric Outlet -era John Scofield, that sort of thing. Paul Bollenback’s clean sound contrasts well with Hart’s fuzztone on "Speaquinox" (great title, huh?) and the latin-flavored "The Green Pedal." In terms of all-out smoking and impressive ensemble work, "First Impressions" takes the cake. On the other hand, "Right from the Right," the longest track, is also the dullest. Hart’s writing can be uneven, but he’s a promising player, and he’s got the right guys backing him.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!