Brian Hudson drum led jazz fusion debut Brian Hudson – NEXT LEVEL: It must be because Brian has performed with so many different genres (jazz, of course, as well as straight-ahead roots rock, soul/funk and various other bands)… debut CD’s seldom contain a full set of tunes that are ALL “picks”… just listen to the full-body on one of my favorite jazz pieces (yet) in 2017… the 5:07 “Seventy Eight” has so many heavy changes that you’ll have to listen to it (at least) three times before you start to really “get it” (& even then, it will demand repeated listens again & again)! It certainly doesn’t hurt that he has some truly stellar players surrounding his high-energy sounds… Randy Hoexterer – keyboards and piano; bassist Adam Nitti on four tracks; Joe Reda bass on the other four tracks; Sam Skelton on saxophones; Melvin Jones on trumpet; and Trey Wright doing electric and acoustic guitars…
The compositions are all originals by Brian and Randy, and readers who visit here often know that I firmly believe that the “energy levels” are always at peak when the “creators” are performing their own tunes… & if you want a great example of that, just listen to the git-DOW-un & funky “Metro“… it’s really easy to visualize yourself hop-skippin’ through those horrendous inter-city transit systems in total “rush” mode… this one is a KILLER track, to be sure; I LOVED this one, & it got transferred to my iPhone playlists immediately!
In this case, it was a bit difficult to come up with my own personal favorite of the eight tunes offered up – because every one of them is jam-packed with great energy… after repeated listens, though, it is the guitar work (& Brian’s drums of course) on “Silver Lining” that got my vote. All-in-all, this is a SUPERB jazz adventure that gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99. Keep your ears on this gent, folks… you’ll be hearing a lot more from him over the coming months & years. Visit the Brian Hudson website to get more information. Rotcod Zzaj
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