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Gerald Veasley: Your Move

Veteran smooth-jazz bassist Gerald Veasley offers an album every couple of years while not running a jazz club in his native Pennsylvania or leading his annual Bass Bootcamp. The fact that his stuff doesn’t get played on radio means he’s too adventurous, and radio program directors don’t know what they’re missing. That probably won’t change with Veasley’s seventh studio effort. You can almost hear the cry: Come on, Gerald, give us something we can work with! No thanks.

Your Move, like all of Veasley’s works, bears the unmistakable stamp of the f-word: fusion. Not rough-edged, but the smooth brand with funk around the edges. “Hear Now!,” “Slip ‘n Slide” and the title track are prime examples, with the latter two tracks carrying the unmistakable stamp of producer and guitarist Chuck Loeb. But the star, of course, is Veasley. Whether on his four-, five- or six-stringed basses-which he plays to anchor “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” or as the lead on solos and melodies-Veasley shifts moods and tempos, keeping the music interesting while creating his best CD to date.

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