Sunday, 4 December 2011

Jeff Berlin - Taking Notes 1997



Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Release Date: 1997
Label: Denon Records - AGAT




by Scott Yanow
Jeff Berlin is a superb electric bassist, and the music on this CD, although it has its rock and funk moments, is quite jazz-oriented. On some selections, Berlin is joined by four or five horns playing big-band-style riffs. While the bassist is in the spotlight much of the time (including a duet with keyboardist Clare Fischer on "Imagine" and an unaccompanied "Clinton Country," which is a medley of familiar patriotic songs), he was generous in allocating solo space; there are occasional spots for Rob Lockart (on tenor and alto) and trumpeter Howie Shear. Attention was paid to varying moods and styles, with the result being a satisfying release. And any musician witty enough to name an original "Hello Dali" deserves attention.....


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