Earl Klugh's Windham Hill Jazz debut, titledPeculiar Situation, isn't really peculiar at all, it's mostly a familiar situation. Klugh's music has always been presented in semi-glossy productions, from his earliest outings under Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen's touch to the majority of his releases which have been self-produced. His music is always easy on the ears, featuring his easily-recognizable acoustic guitar voice sailing through catchy melodies over tasteful arrangements. As usual, the compositions are all Klugh's. All of the tunes feature programmed rhythm tracks, with Klugh adding the keyboards and Al Turner supplying the bass and drum tracks. Lenny Price adds sax to most of the tunes, and Roberta Flack sings one selection. The first four tunes of this set give a definite nod to the more urban, contemporary beat-driven settings of today's playlists, but after that the proceedings slip into that easy-going groove that we've come to know and enjoy from Klugh. (Windham Hill Jazz 11383)
Tracks:Peculiar Situation; Now and Again; Private Affair; Thin Ice; I'm Falling; Romantic Intent; Desert Paradise; Forever Girl; Before You Go; Southern Dog; When I Look at You. (52:01)
Earl Klugh, guitars, keyboards; Al Turner, bass, drums, percussion; Lenny Price, saxophone; Roberta Flack, vocal (on "Now and Again"); Greg Phillinganes, electric piano; Rick Williams, Donnie Lyle, rhythm guitar; Tommie Walker, bass synthesizer; Gary Brown, Cindy Mizell, The Ambassadors, background vocals.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.