Ultracool hip jazz trilogy Dave Stryker – EIGHT TRACK III: When it comes to ultracool & hip jazz, guitarist Dave Stryker is at the very TOP of the list… what an absolutely fun album. To “get acquainted” with Dave’s style, here’s a video from the “Eight Track II” album…
…though I didn’t find a specific “channel” devoted to Dave’s music (ah, if ANYONE deserves a channel – it’s Dave… hint! hint!), you can SUBSCRIBE to his TOPIC to find tons more video of his elegant performance skills.
It’s been a bit since I reviewed Dave’s fantastic “Strykin’ Ahead“, and the new songs are even cooler… the album opener, “Move on Up“, alone, makes it well worth purchasing the full album… the musicians joining Dave are Stefon Harris-vibes, Jared Gold-organ, McClenty Hunter-drums, Myra Casales-percussion… Jared’s organ just KICKS IT OUT on this superb tune! I can see this one getting MAJOR airplay on jazz stations all ’round the globe, to be sure!
Stevie Wonder’s “Too High” starts off in a very mellow frame on the intro, then moves right into one of the best performances of the tune I’ve ever heard… the recording is just flawless… best listened to with your headphones, at least for the first sitting.
There was NO question in my mind about which song was my personal favorite… “Papa was a Rolling Stone” takes me back to the way-early days of listening to funked-up music… it’s also the longest piece on the album, clocking in at 7:29, with plenty of room for each player to show their unique playing abilities. This track earned an IMMEDIATE place on my iPhone list… & it will be rolling constantly as I drive ’round town in my 1966 Pontiac GTO, lol!
I give Dave & his superb players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information about Dave at his Dave Stryker website. Rotcod Zzaj
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