5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
worst.... editorial... review.... EVER,
This review is from: If Less Is More...Nothing Is Everything (Audio CD)
I have to say I'm a little surprised by the Amazon editorial review of this record. From the first sentence it seems clear that this reviewer not only fails to understand or appreciate Kate McGarry, but is fairly confused and/or misinformed about what jazz music has become in 2008. (People who listen to and know about jazz music seldom begin a review by trying to sum it up in one breath.) I don't know what smooth jazz and a culture of self-defensiveness have to do with this album or its alleged "safe"ness. If I had to review this review, I would point out that it opens with a run-on sentence which doesn't make much sense, but provides the paragraph's only real "umph.:"
Now, to the matter at hand, this fantastic album. Ms. McGarry is in what I hope is the prime of her 20+year career. (I hope so because I'm not sure I can handle it getting any better.) This album features perhaps her most successful combination yet of profound emotion and masterful subtlety and restraint. (I really can't think of any better description of her music than 'SOUL' music.) Her touching re-conception of "Just What I Needed" stands out as a highlight for me, as does guitarist Keith Ganz's magical treatment of "Let's Face the Music and Dance." There are some great solo moments for both Ganz and keyboardist Gary Versace, who is quietly emerging as one of the great rhythm section players of his generation. Not much needs to be said about the bass and drum combination of Reuben Rogers and Clearance Penn, but suffice it to say they are excellent here, as is the anything-but-bland saxophonist Donny McCaslin. (Strange that Amazon's reviewer didn't mention him by name-- is it possible he's unfamiliar with the tenorist featured in both the Maria Schneider Orchestra and the Dave Douglas Quintet?)
There is no question: this is a beautiful album that anyone who buys it will be listening to for years and years and years. No explanation for why the unfriendly-sounding person who reviewed it for Amazon was so far off the mark-- guess there's nothing to say but "better luck next time."