Don Lewis: The Colour of Time

Don Lewis’ CD The Colour of Time (L-Town 223; 56:36) is a curiously strange document, and not just because he’s an American who spells color with a “u.” He’s got an attractive trumpet sound and approach that suggests 1960s hard bop, and he comes off well on the propulsive, churning title track and the tasty original “Beans and Hot Sauce,” with its soul-jazz groove and funky conga. But the sideman solos and, in fact, most of the other pieces seem to run out of steam after a chorus or two. Is it a matter of faulty technique or limited imagination? Or is this simply a local group that needs the stimulus and polish of rubbing elbows with fellow musicians in the big city? Some context might help, but it’s hard to know because the liner notes by Freddie L. Wright are so poorly written as to be incomprehensible. Freddie, get thee to an editor!