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Dave Weckl Band: Perpetual Motion

There’s certainly no shortage of energy on drummer Dave Weckl’s Perpetual Motion (Stretch). Weckl powers his fine quartet through a series of rhythmically and harmonically intricate compositions that provide each member with ample opportunities to shine. The rousing, horn-spiced opener, “Double Up,” finds Weckl playing drums and percussion simultaneously, while on the vocal-accented fusion tune “Mesmer-Eyes,” saxophonist Brandon Fields and keyboardist Steve Weingart engage in some brisk tradeoffs. Weckl’s sweet-voiced young daughter, Claire, leads a chorus of vocalists on the exotically flavored “Child’s Play,” while Fields presides over the swinging “Skipper,” which also includes a percolating solo by bassist Tom Kennedy. A vigorous Weckl drum solo highlights the upbeat “7th Sense,” and Far Eastern elements flavor the dramatic “Oasis.” The band lets up a bit on “Beacon,” but it brings the album to a dynamic close with the vibrant, Latin-flavored jam “Tiempo de Festival.”

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