Wherever I Lay My Home That's My Hat

Trio AAB

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Wherever I Lay My Home That's My Hat Review

by Glenn Astarita

With its second outing, this guitar/sax/drums trio dishes out a series of electrifying jazz-rock numbers, ethereal dreamscapes, and modern jazz-type extravaganzas. Concise and at times humorous liners are provided on a per-track basis. For example, the piece titled "Dark Driller" is dedicated to "rock & roll, horror films, and cordless power tools." In fact, this number seems conspicuously framed upon Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," although the artists do not take themselves too seriously but abide by a credo brimming with breezy, bop-like passages and torrid exchanges amid loose grooves and tightly woven unison choruses. They even perform a slightly altered rendition of the standard "All the Things You Are," which is renamed "Some of the Things I'm Not." The trio experiments with sound while also implementing military-style march progressions in concert with jazz and blues-based elements. Overall, the musicians' hipness and cheery disposition augment their enviable technical gifts. A warmhearted and undeniably engaging affair it is.

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