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Mellow grooves and lush rhythms combine to take the listener on a melodic soundscape on Subterranean Jazz's latest CD, Subway Sonnets. The musicianship is top notch and displays a tight group that clearly enjoys having fun as well as performing. The musical diversity is refreshing and and keeps the recording exciting. On the track "Irma", the music vibe is enveloped in a funky African stew and brew, which will have your toes tapping and head swaying to the infectious groove. One of the real treats is the selection "Irish Kid" which blends jazz and Celtic themes with satisfying results. Whether jamming on percussion or sustaining tight rhythms on his kit, percussionist Dave Sorenson exhibits great skill throughout the recording. Tom Clohessy's saxophone work showcases a warm brown tone and he is equally adept on guitar. Doublebassist Jimmy Peggie holds the session together with a full and deep sound. Check out his solo on the mellow selection "The Fever Broke". The session also features some very nice guitar work from guest fretmen, Jeff Lauffer and Chris Rodgers. Subway Sonnets was recorded on independent label Subjazz and is a solid treat for those who desire their jazz smooth, but not overly placid.
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.