Exciting eclectic originals Brent Laidler – WOULDN’T BE HERE WITHOUT YOU: Here’s a brand new artist for me… guitarist Brent is joined by Mark Buselli on trumpet and flugelhorn, Ned Boyd on saxophones and flute, Jamie Newman on organ, Scotte Pazera playing bass and Richard “Sleepy” Floyd doing percussion, and the result is ten exciting eclectic originals that will thrill jazz lovers all around the world. Check out their totally groovy style on the tune “Sunday Mood” first..
I especially dug Jamie’s organ on this tantalizing tune, but at 6:18, all the other players gets their chance to shine as well… I predict that jazz DJ’s across the globe will be plugging this into their playlists for regular airplay!
The opener, “Keeping It Simple“, has a nice Latin flavor to it… the keyword I’d use to describe it is “bouncy”… excellent recording makes this a tune you’ll want to listen to with headphones on over and over again.
If “down & funky” is what you like, you’ll find the 5:23 title track, “Wouldn’t Be Here Without You“, very much to your liking (just like I did)… what Brent and his players seem to understand (better than many jazz groups) is that it doesn’t have to be “complicated” in order to be great!
There was no doubt in my mind after my first listen through the entire CD what my choice for personal favorite of the ten tantalizing tunes was going to be… “Foo’s Blues” demonstrates an intimate understanding of what the blues is really all about… GREAT song, great performance.
I give Brent and his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98. Get more information on Brent’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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