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Sunday, April 26, 2020

CD Review: The Coachella Valley Trio - Mid Century Modern

Doug MacDonald (guitar); Larry Holloway (bass); Tim Pleasant (drums) + Big Black (djembe - tracks 3,6,7,8,9,10)
(Review by JC)

From the first notes of the first track on this album the listener knows they are in the hands of a highly proficient and experienced guitarist. The warm tone and gentle insistence of the music sends out a nice relaxing vibe that continues throughout the eleven tracks.

The guitarist, Doug MacDonald, has made numerous albums over the years in a variety of big and small group ensembles and played with a wide range of fine musicians. Here he is in a trio format and with a guest player Big Black on djembe (a type of skin-covered drum played with the hands, originally from West Africa - if you're wondering) on selected tracks. Four of the pieces are composed by MacDonald, two in samba/bossa nova style that maintain the laid-back feel of the playing. The other seven are standards some of which give MacDonald the opportunity to stretch out and play with a more attacking style.


Give Me The Simple Life is full of lively, rippling runs, while Dizzy Gillespie and Co.'s Woody 'N You has a nice tight bebop sound. I particularly liked the final track The Way You Look Tonight with some fast soloing and good chordal work.

Larry Holloway on bass and Tim Pleasant on drums provide a strong platform for MacDonald's guitar and Big Black's djembe adds depth to the mix but might perhaps have been given a bit more chance to solo.

However, I must mention that the founder and editor-in-chief of BSH is getting even more musical recognition as clearly one of  MacDonald's original compositions, Lance or Lot can only be about one person!
JC

My Shining Hour, Lance or Lot, Cat City Samba, Tram Jam, What's New, Give Me The Simple Life, Stranger in Paradise, I Hadn't Anyone Till You, Woody 'N You, Bossa Nueva, The Way You Look Tonight.

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