A.J. Croce

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This is a tremendously talented individual on his way to eventual recognition for great talent. First off, there are the outstanding songs (he either wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 13 tunes on this disc) that combine intelligent lyrics with strong rhythmic music; one can feel the strong influence of the New Orleans piano masters, such as Fess, and especially Dr. John in his compositions. Many of his vocal stylings and complex rhythms combine that New Orleans funk with the Caribbean meter that is so particular to the area. He is accompanied by a band that consists of Paul Kimbarow on drums and David Curtis on bass. A fine release from this up-and-coming talent.

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