I went berserk with enjoyment over the previous CD release, "DIALOGUE". Loved it. That album spoke to me. It was the perfect blend of Contemporary Jazz with a percussive twist and the vibe of a new version of Weather Report. I can honestly say Steve Weingart has incapsulated the aura of the legendary WR keyboardist, Joe Zawinul, but without attempting to mimmick JZ in any way. On this new album, OBSERVATORY, Weingart/Jones has elveated thier A Game another notch. More edgy and adventurous than DIALOGUE, the new tracks are incredible in depth, rhythm & melody. For a small combo, they have a very powerful sound. Very fresh. The mix & production is stellar. Renee Jones, is equally impressive on Bass; she holds it down hard. Simon Phillips kills on drums. Katisse Buckingham on Sax/Flute adds a nice nuance to the set. The band sizzles and all tracks are excellent. The one that really jumped at me (and my senses immediately front end aligned with) is called "Time Will Tell". I cannot stop playing this track. Steve's keys are off the chain! The synth work here is soo tasty! It builds to a gradual crescendo and the out vamp with SW hitting these killer badazz chords is too cold blooded. It's such a unique song you will hit 'repeat' over & over. The whole effort is excellent, zero filler. Repeat plays yield new subtle nuances, like peeling an onion. For those Contemporary connoisseurs who love
well executed Jazz Fusion with class, style and a huge taste of funk in it's purest current form will just eat this album up. This
CD deserves very wide exposure-it's that great. You can easily tell the whole group put their heart & soul into this labor of
love. My description is taken from a true listener's perspective. I am not a musician, I just KNOW great music. My review here
does not do the album any real justice-you must hear this album to belive it for yourself.
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