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by Mackenzie Horne
Guitarist Dave Howard was raised on a robust diet of jazz, classic rock, and the blues. He is the type of individual who stubbornly throws himself into the cross- genre deep end, ears first, and refuses to come up for air. Praying at the altar of fusion at midmorning, lunch at the Hard Rock Café, and paying dues to the electronic union, Howard lives a fulfilling life of musical extremes. These influences all converge in a space on The Dave ...read more
by Todd S. Jenkins
An overall excellent disc by a creative, challenging ensemble with some innovative ideas. This album perhaps doesn’t get off to the best start, as the opening track is steeped so richly in the Pat Metheny Group’s oeuvre that Howard comes off as a mere wanna-be. The guitar tone, cymbal shimmers and wordless vocals just scream, “Metheny made it big like this, so can I!” Fortunately the band redeem themselves on the fun second track, “The Change”. Dennard, a former sideman ...read more