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DC Cabdriver by Bernard Sweetney

Usually, I do not like releases that feature just one person doing all the instrumental tracks. "DC Cabdriver" by multi-instrumentalist Bernard Sweetney shows the reasons why I don't usually like them. First, the songs follow a certain format that varies little from song to song. Except for "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears" and "Have You Met Miss Jones," the songs have extended vibraphone and piano passages, showing the strengths of Sweetney. Second, there is not a sense of interplay in the songs. When you track instruments, you can loose some of the interplay between the other instruments. Instrumental tracking is good for contemporary music, but for the kinds of songs feature here, including such standards as "Call Me Irresponsible" and "I'm In the Mood for Love," the interplay between performers is just so important. Sweetney is a great vibraphonist and will be better when working with other players. That way, some of the songs won't have the sameness that are found in "DC Cabdriver."

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bernard Sweetney
  • CD Title: DC Cabdriver
  • Genre: Traditional / New Orleans
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Globe Cab Co.
  • Musicians: Bernard Sweetney (vibraphone, piano, bass, percussion)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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