July/August 2004

Oliver Lake Steel Quartet
Dat Love
Passin' Thru

Dat Love (Passin' Thru) by the Oliver Lake Steel Quartet teams the alto and soprano saxophonist with steel-pan ace Lyndon Achee. Achee is no dabbler: he plays with excellent jazz feel and a fresh imagination. Modern jazz standards like Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" and Horace Silver's "Senor Blues" contrast nicely with the leader's own Grover Washington-esque "Double Space" and the Stevie Wonder/Mary J. Blige funkster "Time." Electric bassist Reggie Washington and drummer Damon Duewhite are there to set grooves and not much more. Lake does his inside-outside best with the material, yet he never really cuts loose, either. On the other hand, this music is mostly about feel. On that count it surely works.

Originally published in July/August 2004
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