Southern California-based progressive rock band, “Djam Karet’s latest effort may indeed represent the logical link between the hard hitting, Live At Orion and the melodically tinged yet equally powerful, The Devouring. With this newly released outing, the quartet produces shrewdly conceived textural arrangements via well-placed synth textures, crisp, slicing electric lead guitar lines, impacting crunch chords and hammering rhythms.
The piece titled “No Man’s Land,” is all about contrasting elements amid subtly rendered EFX, atmospheric underpinnings, and a straightforward hard rock approach. However, “All Clear” features Gayle Ellett’s catchy organ-based motifs in concert with the musicians’ melding of 70’s style and somewhat brazen prog-rock musings along with slight injections of quasi-psychedelic treatments. Here, the soloists’ pursue climactic opuses atop suspenseful orchestrations, Mike Henderson’s wistful electric slide guitar work and their altogether forward thinking strategies. - Highlights abound throughout, as the musicians’ also embed unobtrusive doses of space rock, ambient electronic passages, and homespun electro/acoustic interludes into their rather diverse bag of tricks as the band’s rich legacy continues to unfold with each subsequent release. Recommended!
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.