I came to guitarist Dom Minasi’s Time Will Tell (CDM) expecting great things. His last album, Goin’ Out Again, recorded with his regular trio, including bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Jackson Krall, was one of last year’s best. On his latest, Time Will Tell (CDM), Minasi changes direction a bit; instead of the roiling abstraction that characterized the last record, Minasi takes a gentler, more straightahead approach. The album definitely has its moments, in particular a wonderfully arranged and beautifully sung version of “‘Round Midnight” featuring Minasi’s wife Carol Mennie on vocals. Much of the rest, however, leaves me wishing for a bit of the wild-and-wooliness that makes his work with Filiano and Krall so compelling.
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