DW Project is chiefly Dan Walzer and Chuck Wiggins with help from their outstanding collaborators Ric Hordinski, Dave Larocca and Kerry Jordan.
Their new CD gives notice that they are more than ready to "Emerge" as a compelling force in the instrumental jazz-rock fusion dominion. Although it is multifaceted in its maturation, I found this music quick to assimilate. It all seems to come as a natural matter of course for this talented ensemble to design this breathtaking music. It was very easy for me to fall into the vast pool of sounds offered on this carefully textured and toned amalgamation of jazz. While taking colors from the palettes of specific genres such as rock, jazz and blues, the blend is both appealing and interesting. They in effect create a sub-genre that is hard to define. What you get is one-way ticket around the musical world on one CD, and the price is right.
When I listen to music like this, I cannot help but feel how words would get in the way of the aural landscapes that are painted so beautifully with the instruments alone. If it sounds like I am gushing, it is because I am. I absolutely adore music like this. Because of my love for jazz and progressive rock, I feel that exposure to the best of both worlds is the opportunity that presents itself to me on albums like "Emerge." I of course accept the invitation to indulge myself with open arms and ears.
The separation of the instrumentation is out of the ordinary on the disc. You will hear each instrument individually and collectively, which is the key to a complete listening experience. I did however notice how the drums and percussion stand out more than normal in this particular mix down. I must be fair though; all the instruments get equal time and sound wonderful. The engineering was obviously paramount in helping to make this CD such an audio connoisseur’s delight.
If you like jazz, rock, fusion, progressive rock, blues, or any combination thereof you will love this album. I could have easily listened to another disc full of this music; it is only a little over 40 minutes, which is not enough for my insatiable appetite. It is okay to go away hungry though, that way I will be ready to devour the next entrée served.