I'm willing to concede that Rik Emmett, who once anchored the rock trio Triumph, is a talented picker with a precise, clean sound. What his Swing Shift lacks is any trace of originality or true inspiration. Emmett and his band, the Open House Collective, breeze through 12 original compositions (now there's an oxymoron) that borrow heavily from just about every major guitarist you've ever heard." Way Cool" reeks of George Benson, "Santa Fe Horizon" is warmed over Metheny and Gladhands sounds like a Chet Atkins hand me down. Swing Shift hits rock bottom with Emmett's hokey, embarrassingly sentimental, vocal track "One Look". Yechh! A feeble entry into the smooth jazz, swing revival sweepstakes. Sorry Rik, but I think this one is destined for the delete bin. 2-4 stars.
The first record I bought was Miles Smiles. Having been a drummer since age two, hearing a young Tony Williams opened up so many possibilities for a 14 year old church drummer. My life changed that day and I've never looked back!