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I have to confess to being fooled by this recording, the second from guitarist Kenny Carr. It begins in a rather ordinary smooth jazz manner on the first few tracks. Carr, accompanied by bassist Tom Baldwin and drummer Frank Russo, generates a pleasant ambiance with Earl Klugh-type acoustic playing.
Then, with "Cadiz Sunset," the mood shifts to a fingerstyle Caribbean setting which is closer to mainstream jazz. Following that, guest tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, who appears on four tracks, instigates a fuller jazz combo appoach, which Carr's guitar matches on "Bleeker Street." On the title tune, organist John Dryden turns up the heat, and this selection heats up even more with a more rock-ish guitar influence from Carr.
Then the album falls back into that pattern of smooth jazz tracks, followed by far funkier organ-accompanied titles, as well as on the lengthiest selection, "Soho Strut," where McCaslin's stimulating tenor sax drives this session forward. This all makes it difficult to pick out the "real" Kenny Carr's style, since he seems much more versatile than I originally thought. Originally from Santa Cruz, California and a member of Ray Charles' orchestra, Carr seems comfortable working in smooth jazz, straight-ahead or fusion musical environments.
Track Listing: Tee Time; Going Home; Lost Tuesday; Cadiz Sunset; Bleeker Street; Turn The Page; Remember When; Ocean Avenue Groove; Highway One; Not Forgotten; Soho Strut; Hidden Agenda.
Personnel: Kenny Carr: guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, piano, guitar synthesizer; Tom Baldwin: acoustic bass; Frank Russo: drums, percussion; Donny McCaslin: tenor saxophone; John Dryden: organ.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.