Tag: jazz

Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman

Destination Space

Oglio

After a brief cinematic prologue, “Destination Space” blasts off with the title track — a “Hang ‘Em High”-esque theme with the most-natural-sounding guitar, bass and organ sounds ever to come out of a synthesizer. About a minute in, the truly synthetic sounds take over, but only for a while before backing out into Spaghetti-Western Land again.

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Steve Howe Trio

The Haunted Melody

HoweSound

Howe, longtime guitarist for progressive rock group Yes, always had it in him to deliver a great straight-jazz album. This is it.

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George Gershwin

Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra

Bridge

These symphonic reimaginings of Gershwin’s crossover compositions succeed in terms of performance as well as engineering: Anne-Marie McDermott superbly conveys the serious and playful side of the material; guest conductor Justin Brown moves the Dallas Symphony Orchestra along at just the right speed, balancing restraint with vigor; and the digital recording combines with the excellent Meyerson Symphony Center acoustics to provide optimal audio.

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Donald Fagen

Morph the Cat

Reprise

Let’s not mince words here: This is great stuff.

More than Fagen’s other solo albums — 1982’s “The Nightfly” and 1993’s “Kamakiriad” — this sounds like a Steely Dan album. One could dare say it sounds more like Steely Dan than the Dan’s last two albums.

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Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks

Selected Shorts

Surfdog

That’s Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, not to be confused with Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. They are two different groups — the latter having finished its four-album career in 1973, and the former releasing its debut in 2000.

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