This recording is Dago's most ambitious project to date. As is the case with many releases coming out of Europe, this CD was rather difficult to classify. Most ambient/acid jazz recordings come heavy on electronic rhythms, coupled with minimal attention to improvisation. In most cases, these recordings are precision works that come heavy on bass and percussion. On Dago - Sounds For A Blue Planet, Dagobert Bohm draws upon the talents of 13 musicians from all over the continent to record an instrumental breakthrough. This is an unprecedented release for Dago, due in part to the first time he has attempted to do what he calls a smooth jazz effort. As an acoustical guitarist, Dago draws upon melodic grooves to expand upon his emotional desire to record music with an airy blend of harmonic sensitivity and strongly stated rhythms. Bohm also attempts to paint an instrumental collage of strong melodies that are augmented by vocalese, as is the case on some of the tracks.
Dago - Sounds For A Blue Planet starts out strong on the first and second tracks. After that, it ebbs and flows, back and forth, up and down with varying degrees of subtlety and intensity. Although Dago likes to describe this release as an ambient smooth jazz-world-pop chillout recording, it does not quite fit the category of smooth jazz in total. The CD does have its moments fitting into the so-called smooth jazz style, but it does not adhere to the idea on each and every track.
Dagobert Bohm has come full circle since his humble beginnings as a professional musician. Having been born in 1959 in Mannheim, Germany, a city filled with musical tradition, this classically trained musician continues a tradition etched in history. Having achieved numerous accolades and a well-rounded career, Dago - Sounds For A Blue Planet appears to be a moment waiting to happen. In my mind, this CD is an interesting and entertaining exposure to the European side of music known as acid/ambient jazz.