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This is Lenz’s superb, guitar-driven release that set the scene for his equally exceptional follow-up; Lost and Found. I really enjoyed Lenz’s riffing and strong song-writing on every cut. His studies with the famous Mike "Sterno” Stern show through everywhere. Imitation? No. Lenz just has that same fired-up passion for jazz and fusion rockin’ things out too. The slower, quieter movements, the lightning-swift runs, and the overdriven wailings of explosive legatos and string bends all flow together as one thought. Lenz has mastered his instrument and his confidence overflows everywhere. Fans of Stern’s releases with great sax/axe unison lines and interplay will also surely get off on Lenz’s jams. His fine jazz tastefulness and fusion rock drive is perfectly balanced. I’d give this CD a “two thumbs up” and a “golden pick” rating. High recommendations. Trust me, Lenz has got the right stuff.
Track Listing: Tell The World, Funky Soup, From The Heart, Making Amends, Stick-N-Stones, Noxious Fumes, Perseverance, From The Heart
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.