Don Lanphere with New Stories

Home At Last

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Ben Ohmart, Muses Muse

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This cd is getting hot in my computer drive. It's been spinning for the last five hours. That's because this is the sort of jazz that was made for minds like mine. First off, it's over an hour in length, and the long 10 tracks spin with a constant, but smooth buzz that speaks always at night. But more importantly, the mindset of contemporary, straight forward, mainstream jazz is ever present. None of this artistic, ground breaking trial by error stuff that jars and bites like Philip Glass drunk at the Cotton Club. No, this is sweet. It's hot, but cool. Dig?

And there ain't a dry muscle on stage when these guys get through with a track. When 'Alone Together' cranks me up for 8 minutes, I feel subconsciously excited, as if all the hurry of the world can suddenly go on the back burner because it's fun, man, it's not really going to roll right over you and kill you.

Same with the opening 'The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.' There's no tension involved, even though you couldn't at all call this medium tempo music. Not once the bass starts its brisk warm up, and the sax and piano glide as if painted on with butter. These people somehow manage to do the required activity that Should work up quite an intense sweat, but there's nary a drop of water that falls. (Forget all that stuff about wet muscles, OK?)

I'll definitely have to check out the other New Stories on the Origin label. Titles like Circled By Hounds and Remember Why are intriguing. Though it's going to take a good heap of time to make the current Home At Last boring enough to want to leave.






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