Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » Dennis Haklar: Lizard's Tale

3

Dennis Haklar: Lizard's Tale

By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Prelude to Dawn"

Dennis Haklar: Lizard's Tale
There's always been an implicit connection between progressive rock and jazz fusion. Years of Internet-based collaborations with fabled prog-rock vocalist Jon Anderson (Yes) led to his appearance on several tracks for New Jersey-based studio engineer and session guitarist Dennis Haklar's debut solo effort. The guitarist also employs former instructor, jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell, along with the imposing rhythm section of bassist Mark Egan (Pat Metheny) and drummer Thierry Arpino (Jean-Luc Ponty). Without even listening to the album, it would appear on paper that Haklar must have done something right to command the attention of these notable musicians. On that note, he succeeds rather profoundly via these harmonically attractive compositions and thoughtful arrangements.

Built on Haklar and Coryell's circular phrasings that outline the primary theme on "Prelude to Dawn," Anderson and fellow singer Stefanie Haklar's tender vocals are subtly spotted in the background, as Anderson's whispery lyrics and wordless vocals cast a floating dreamscape that shades and contrasts a burgeoning ballad extended by the guitarists' ringing harmonics and jazzy soloing. With Egan's resonating lines offering a sinuous foundation, Arpino kicks it up a notch and elevates the intensity during the bridge, but the musicians revisit the main melody towards the coda, leading to an ethereal fadeout.

It's a piece that showcases Haklar's acute compositional pen, layered studio processing techniques and impressive guitar chops. Hopefully this standout recording will not go unnoticed.

Personnel

Larry Coryell: Gibson ES 339 electric guitar (second solo); Mark Egan: bass; Thierry Arpino: drums; Jon Anderson: vocals; Stefanie Haklar: vocals; Dennis Haklar: Godin ACS guitar (first solo).

Album information

Title: Lizard's Tale | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Self Produced


Comments

Tags


For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

Near

More

Central Park’s Mosaics of Reservoir, Lake,...
Wadada Leo Smith / Amina Claudine Myers
Waive
Omawi: Marta Warelis / Onno Govaert / Wilbert De...
Shadow
Lizz Wright

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.