on April 25, 2011
Personally I'm a huge fan of Jeff's playing, and I will certianly be transcribing all of his solos off of this one. I love his fluidity, not to mention soloistic ideas. He really is one of the most versatile electric players in the world.
That being said, this was a huge payoff for me in terms of JB solos, because of course, he solos on every tune. Awesome. Plenty of bang for your buck if you're into electric solos.
So now for the critical part: I don't feel like the album ever really settles. Jeff's solos are extremely on top of the beat, and his comping doesn't sit back for a minute. By the time I got to Body and Soul, I was more than ready to chill back on some more lyrical playing, but even that turned out to be just as busy and hectic. I Want To be Happy takes right off, then their version of Invitation is blessidly swinging, but then we're right back into the madness. Almost like he's trying to inject energy into the group. Hit a spliff or something, Jeff (and play some REAL HIGH standards), and relax a little bit, man. We know you can do it all, and sometimes we want to get our butt kicked by your playing, but sometimes we just want to listen to the music.
To sum it up, if you're into bass solos up the wazoo (which was exactly what I wanted), this is the album for you. If you want to hear a trio grooving for real, get some Brad Mehldau. This album is GOOD, but if you want 5 stars from me, you gotta be good enough to not have to try so hard.