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Lighter Way

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Blanket Of Byrd
  2. Grey Area
  3. Wanting And Waiting
  4. Joyous
  5. Lighter Way
  6. Florence's Reverie
  7. Stigmata
  8. Variations

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 27, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I heard a track from this CD played on a local college radio station and felt compelled to call in and ask about Dave Kikoski. I had never heard of him before which, considering his vast experience as a leader and a sideman, was my fault. Given the brief audio sample snippets available online, I was really eager to hear the entire CD. I found it a mixed bag. The good tunes were really, really good and the average tunes were a little confusing. First, let me say that this group (David Kikoski-piano & synth, Ed Howard-bass, Victor Lewis -drums) are all virtuoso players. This CD is the antithesis of "smooth jazz." It's musically very open minded:

Track One: Blanket of Byrd: after a promising solo piano opening that is reminiscent of Liz Story it morphs into something heavy handed with too much synthesized and electric piano.

Track Two: Grey Area: a strong, percussive piece featuring electric piano with echoes of Chick Corea's "500 Miles High".

Track Three: Wanting and Waiting: a much deeper melody where Ed Howard seems to channel Eddie Gomez at the heights of his powers.

Track Four: Joyous: Much more vibrant and upbeat. Hard driving with tints of McCoy Tuner and the energy and grooves of Steps Ahead. If I heard this tune performed in a club, I would have stood up and applauded at the end. It should have been the first cut on the CD.

Track 5: Lighter Way & Track Six: Florence's Reverie: much slower tracks that calm things down and really make you think and reflect.

Track Seven: Stigmata: Great title but the piece itself is flipped out with too much aggressive energy that brings to mind Weather Report of the Jaco Pastorius/Joe Zawinul era. Too crazy!

Track Eight: Variation 1. The longest piece on the CD at 8:01.
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