Have you ever had the experience where an album seeps into your bones?
Here’s how it usually works: You pick it up and right away you think, “this is good.” Then you listen to it some more and you think, “Hey, this is even better than I thought.” Then maybe you listen to it some more and you think, “Okay, yeah, it’s good, but I’m a little tired of it now.” You set it aside. But within a day or two, you want to hear something from it again. You put it back on, and you say, “Holy crap. This is even better still.”
If you don’t like blisteringly hot and complex percussion work, swirling keyboards, intricate guitar work that moves between carefully restrained and rivetingly intense, all punctuated with astonishingly soulful singing, this isn’t for you. Ditto if you aren’t interested in subtle, multilayered arrangements of top-notch songs. A rich, textured, steaming jazz/blues/folk/soul/jam gumbo isn’t for everybody I suppose. But let me tell ya: you don’t know what you’re missing.
If, on the other hand, that sounds even a little appealing to you, Hittin’ The Note is probably going to be your album of the year. It’s already mine. Such a rich, textured, multilayered blues-based, hard-rocking jazz album doesn’t come along every day. It really doesn’t.
Oh, and by the way: although some will be tempted to call this album “southern rock,” anyone who does so should be shot. This is a fabulous jazz and blues rock album. One of the best in years. Go buy it. It’s really good.Powered by Sidelines