Warren Kime & His Brass Impact Orchestra

Explosive Brass Impact

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In the liners to the second album by Chicago bandleader and flugelhorn player Warren Kime, the old fogies are still expressing their astonishment that a new fellow could come in and make better albums than almost all of the previous Command dreck. Of the three Kime albums, Explosive Brass Impact should have the most appeal. "No Moon at All" launches into things with female "wordless chorus" really working hard in and around the horn solos. The fact that more time was taken for longer solos makes this album more confident and relaxed than the first. The heavy coverage of bossa nova hits ("Brasil '66" anyway) beats the predictable mod set of "Going Out of My Head" and so forth. "Reza," for instance, highlights both Kime's flugelhorn and Phil Bodner's flute, the latter of which is the dominant instrument in the series after brass and voice. Among the old chestnuts resuscitated from Squaresville, "Everybody Love My Baby" gets a playful treatment with two flugelhorns and a trumpet, plus the obligatory "pow pow pow" of the chorus. On "The Constant Rain (Chove Chuva)" the pat formula just screams like blasts of thunder over a drizzle; for once the brass impact notion lives up to the hype.

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