3 Chairs

3 Chairs 2

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Released on Theo Parrish's Sound Signature label, the second Three Chairs release once again finds Parrish, Rick Wilhite, and Kenny Dixon, Jr. splitting groove space with their solo productions. Rather than another triple-pack bonanza, this one's compacted onto one 12" and features one track from each artist. If it wasn't for the dry, pungent nature of the beat beneath Parrish's "Blue Out," the track could be mistaken for a Dixon production. Unlike the casual nature and slowly entwining and overlapping elements that make up most of his work, "Blue Out" is a lot more nimble and thrives on sudden pace changes with the beats -- this gives the track a thrilling twisting motion. Wilhite's "Good Kiss" is dreamy, full of big spaces and eerie, drawn-out keyboard tones. Dixon, under his usual Moodymann alias, sticks with the driving theme of the first Three Chairs' "Outer Drive" with "Transit." It, too, features some slick changes of pace and features some of the drop-ins and drop-outs Dixon masterfully arranges. Three for three, another strong release.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
feat: Rick Wilhite
feat: Theo Parrish
feat: Moodymann
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