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Ah, well this was a surprise for me. Levin is a legend. His bass playing is incredible time and time again on many releases. I expect fascinating things from Levin. But what about this solo release? Well . . . it has its moments. First track called to mind a great 1990 release by Jai Uttal called Footprints. So here we go in a Levin-driven, near-Indian, ethnic raga, smooth-age rock modality. Interesting but after that the rest of the CD lost my interest as it was basically well-done bass techniques woven into Narada/New Age jams and near-prog. Levin shows he can be very mellow and smooth. Many nice and relaxing, easy-listen, tunes are covered but if you're looking for Levin to crank it up or bottom-out in huge, low-end crunch this CD is not that. Expect a very soundtrackish work with the final track easily bringing to mind scrolling end-of-film credits after a teen angst/hero worship flick. Overall, a showcase of Levin's talent for mainstreamers "adventurous" purchases. This release of Levin's is smooth jazz/ New agey prog-jazz/ soft prog which your girlfriend might like.
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.