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Steve Kimock Band: Eudemonic

Although a majority of the material on guitarist Steve Kimock’s new re-lease Eudemonic doesn’t qualify as jazz in even the loosest sense of the term, it’s clearly improvisational and edgy. Kimock moves in and out of numerous genres during these nine pieces, making tempo adjustments and maneuvers with ease while also playing steel guitar, mandolin and ukulele. He zips through rock tunes, blues progressions, pieces with African and Asian influences, even adding bits of country and Hawaiian sounds. Occasionally, as on the nearly 12-minute “Elmer’s Revenge” his quintet extends things too much, but they’re mostly disciplined enough to break off solos or exchanges that are degenerating.

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