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Two For the Road by Matt Geraghty

Anyone remember Miles Davis’ "Bitches’ Brew" or "Filles de Kilmanjaro"? Of course. Lengthy, deep tracks that are thought provoking, yet very enjoyable. The late 60’s and early 70’s are indeed alive.

Two minutes into "Djema El Fina," "Brew" came to mind. It’s got that kind of thing goin’ on. There’s the melody, the musicians stretch out, then back to the melody. Geraghty as bassist is leader, which is impressive, since the bass players of this world get overshadowed quite easily. His presence remains strong and solid throughout the tracks, and his troop doesn’t step over him.

Neal Alger strums beautifully through "C & D groove" and Jon Irabagon livens it up with some hearty sax. "4802" is Ben Lewis’ chance to solo with a truly vintage, yet contemporary groove that’s some real ear candy. The title track is soft, intellectual and meditative. Geraghty and Lewis really strike some sophisticated chords here and on "Beautiful Love" that are worthy of the term "classic."

"Pica Lagartos" has a Brazilian-rapid-samba flavor, but I’ll admit that description could be inaccurate on what the actual beat is. Nevertheless, these guys are doing the "Carnaval" and if you can appreciate that.... right on! Lewis keyboarding and Joe Adamik really mix nicely with Alger’s silky guitar. "G-funk" is a different deal, with a sound similar to Grover Washington’s groups getting truly funky. It’s organ-guitar based, highlighting Lewis and Alger with Geraghty, Irabagan and Adamik kickin’ hard right there.

Things get really sweet with Mal Waldron’s "Soul Eyes" in romantic serenity. Irabagan and Lewis give stellar performances on this piece. Joe Henderson’s "Inner Urge" is a showcase for Geraghty and Adamik with Lewis punctuating nicely. Irabagan comes in with a powerful statement and Lewis returns for an equally captivating solo.

If you like it deep, this is a winner. For those who require less, same sentiment applies. Strong work from strong musicians.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Matt Geraghty
  • CD Title: Two For the Road
  • Genre: Acid Jazz
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Musicians: Matt Geraghty (acoustic and electric bass), Neal Alger (guitar), Ben Lewis (piano, organ, electric piano), Jon Irabagan (saxophones), Joe Adamik (drums, percussion)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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