E.M.P. Project is the debut album by the talented Ellis, Moore and Perkinson. The CD is labeled Contemporary Jazz in this review, but it goes beyond that. The most remarkable thing to comment on this album is the artists’ ability to sample the many sub-genres of jazz, and to play them as if they are well seasoned in that particular field. Among the styles featured on this CD are traditional, Contemporary/Smooth, Fusion, Balled/New Age/Easy Listening, and Latin jazz. The knowledge that the artists not only played all these different jazz styles, but also composed them, contributes to the CD’s overall impression.
I recommend this CD to anyone who wants to survey the sub-genres of jazz with a band that can play all of them well.