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Saturday, October 13, 2012

CD Review- Introducing The Verve.

Jon Hanser (keys, Voice, tpt, compositions); Kenny Shanker (sax, keys, voice);Brian Fishler (dms, perc., voice) + special guests - Richard Bona (bs); Andrea Valentini (dms); Danny Conga (perc.)
(Review by Lance).
Firstly, let me say I like this CD - I don't love it - but I do like it. The musicality is rather special with Shanker outstanding and the tunes are, generally, only a few degrees short of memorable. Difficult to categorise it, I would guess Smooth might be close.

The blurb describes it as  "An exciting mix of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Merging improvisational music with World Pop and original songs." 
There is a compulsion about the CD that has half of me wanting to bop around the room whilst the other half is saying - "Act your age!" 
Miles' Joshua has, like most of the tracks, a Latin/jazz feel to it. Solos pop up all over the place and, in a more conventional setting would get the nod. All sorts of things spring to mind - Spiro Gyra, Grover Washington, Hoochie Coochie, New Years Eve in Downtown Rio. 
I don't quite see the connection between Johnny Hartman and Britney's  2011 hit I Wanna Go but it's a good track anyway. Yes, I could party to The Verge and there's actually a percussionist on the disc named Danny Conga - you couldn't make it up! Then again, maybe you could...
Now where did I put those dancing shoes? 
Introducing The Verge hits the streets on November 20. Danger Productions inc.
Lance.

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