Astounding contemporary jazz debut Randal Clark – IMAGINARY WORLD: When I receive a new (digital) package of albums to review, I often “hold” the most exciting album to be the last in my queue… I can tell you right now that the astounding contemporary jazz debut that saxophonist Randal has put together will thrill all true jazz lovers… to get a taste of his high-energy playing, watch this video of him playing alto saxophone on “Discovery” first…
You’ll find several more highly enjoyable videos when you SUBSCRIBE to Randal’s YouTube channel – I highly recommend it in fact.
Tunes like the 5:23 opener, “Trailblazer“, will make you an instant believer, I’ve no doubt… I predict this song will be getting MAJOR airplay on stations around the globe, to be sure!
Some listeners and reviewers may fall into the trap of describing songs like the beautiful “Daybreak” as (the dreaded) “smooth jazz“… I can tell you right now, this goes much further than that pigeonhole label… Randal gives you clear visions through his playing.
The 4:20 “Times Arrow” captures your heart by the second bar; astounding rhythms and soulful playing work together to get your spirit moving in the right direction as you start your day!
It was actually one of the shorter tunes that got my nod for personal favorite of the eleven exciting tunes Randal offers up for this jubilant jazz jaunt… “Tiger Lily” has dynamic drums, romping reeds and some great bass pulse that you will be hitting “replay” for often… I totally loved this song.
I give Randal and his high-quality players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. This is the BEST debut CD I’ve listened to (yet) in 2021. Check the album out on Spotify. Rotcod Zzaj
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