Saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa mixes the energetic and serene in this CD. Each piece is rich in melody, emotion and texture. While the tracks are not lengthy, there is more than …
Saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa mixes the energetic and serene in this CD. Each piece is rich in melody, emotion and texture. While the tracks are not lengthy, there is more than enough time for the musicians to stretch their collective muscle.
There aren't many designated solos, but instead a great showcase of cooperative musicianship. There's quite a line up, as noted in the above information. Rhythms are solid and funky, with a sweet taste. Kashiwa runs a good show throughout, though I would consider "Hyde Park," "The Power of Midnight," and "Dream Within A Dream" as highlights. "Dream" has clever interchanges between Kashiwa and guitarist Marc Antoine.
Mood music, it is! While energy abounds, you won't be startled by sudden bursts of inappropriate noise or high theatrics by Kashiwa. It's always a pleasure when a saxophonist doesn't try to drown us out with overbearing shrills and screams. He shows relaxed and tasteful restraint, but he's also remarkably expressive. The sax talks while the rhythm section and background vocals give soulful support.
Kashiwa is deep, but not overly mysterious. Other similar saxophonists could learn something from him. From the sound of this, he'd rather let you know the beauty of it all, not just the athletics. Perhaps when all is said and done, you should hear for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Fusion folk should dig this as it's got those goods worked into it. It's "straight ahead" in a different way.
What's next, I ask!