San Marcos - Allan Holdsworth - None Too Soon (CD, Album)

Posted by Crimhead at AM. Muddy January 20, at PM. Crimhead January 20, at PM. Unknown May 31, at AM. Anonymous January 21, at AM. CarlosJazztage January 24, at AM. Anonymous January 25, at AM. Jasper January 25, at PM. Anonymous January 27, at AM. Anonymous January 28, at AM. Crimhead January 28, at PM. Anonymous February 4, at AM. Anonymous February 8, at PM. Inner Urge Total Time: In fact, Allan and his top-flight accompanyists go for the jugular with these songs, not content to stay with the "safe and easy" songs that have been done to death, but rather, take on some very challenging San Marcos - Allan Holdsworth - None Too Soon (CD difficult pieces, especially "Countdown" and "Inner Urge".

The notes and fur sure do fly here! If I were a Holdsworth newbie, I wouldn't start here, only because the level of abstractness might prove too much for some, and some might be put off by the near constant torrents of notes. However, if one is not put off by that, it makes for a very challenging and worthwhile listen. This is a jazz album with no room to hide and all four musicians are obviously on the very top of their game, bouncing the ideas and melodies.

Gary and Kirk obviously have a great understanding between each other and provide an extremely complex bedrock while Gordon's impact on this recording is immense. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Album). Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.

Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. The most revelatory moments of the date come from the acoustic sounding digital piano of Gordon Beck, a true master whose be-bop chops and inventive solo work San Marcos - Allan Holdsworth - None Too Soon (CD the legitimate jazz aesthetic into the fiber of this music.

Holdsworth has a predilection for stating melodies very briefly before immediately going into a solo. This is most evident during John Coltrane's "Countdown," where he tosses out the theme with nice chords, then rips into his distinctive flowing single 16th and 32nd note lines. Holdsworth is not all flash -- he comps frequently and tastefully, as on the well-played Henderson piece "Isotope," getting out of Beck's path as the Album) digs into an aggressive, melody drenched solo.

The leader skates around the melody of "How Deep Is the Ocean," with Beck proving himself a superior, cliche-free improviser reharmonizing the changes. Synth dominates the trumped up, phony take of Django Reinhardt's "Nuages," while a saving bass-led "Very Early" Bill Evans piece in waltz tempo has Beck shining on his sped-up improv from a slower introductory pace. Time and time again on this date he proves to be the true star. The remaining tracks are Beck's piano-driven, rather Pat Metheny-esque contemporary Southwest Album) hard swinger "San Marcos," and the synthaxe-oriented, three-note vamp of the title cut, with a more patiently constructed guitar solo at the beginning.

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