Harvie Swartz

Full Moon Dancer

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In the late '80s, bassist Harvie Swartz did his best to have his group Urban Earth catch on. He even emphasized the band's name on his recordings, in this case billing the CD as "Urban Earth Featuring Harvie Swartz," to no avail. The Urban Earth Band in 1989 consisted of the leader, Billy Drews on tenor, soprano and occasional keyboards, up-and-coming guitarist Wayne Krantz and drummer Yves Gerard; Ted Lo was added on some tracks on keyboards. All of the music on the date was by band members, including a couple from Joan Johnson Drewes, whose voice is utilized on a few numbers. However, this CD only contains 39 minutes of music, and with every selection clocking in between 4:30 and 5:37, the solos are sometimes overly concise; a commercial feel makes the results seem a bit dated in places.

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