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Excellent jazzy, Chapman Stick work here! Hahn surely pulls off that Chapman, Levin, Johnson, Howard, and Leechford precision. On this release, as on his sh release, Hahn keeps things lively and hopping with endless Stick finesse.
You can hear Michael Hedges, Stanley Jordan, or Will Ackerman in his songs. Listen for Levin and Frippy moments. As on sh , Hahn dubs in his fine Mark Ishamic trumpet skills. Ernie Crews helps out on drums and percussion. Hahn tackles The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood", Gershwin's "Summertime", and even Weather Report's "Birdland" and "In a Silent Way". He nails 'em so deftly and nicely. You Gentle Giant fans will get off on his renditions of "Raconteur Troubador/Acquiring the Taste" and "Spooky Boogie".
Hahn's originals like "Big Heavy Critter" are very strong and call to mind Levin meets Isham and "65 Years in the Business" is simply bliss-ville. Hahn winds things up with another original, "Funk Potpourri" that is excellent! I swear it was like Alex De Grassi doing Happy The Man! Strongly recommended. Let Hahn Stick it to ya.
Steve Hahn: Stickburst (CD, 53:25); DeeP Chocolate Productions SR930301
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.