ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#8] Stefon Harris And Blackout By
out" the narrow views constricting the construct of jazz, Stefon Harris and
Blackout break genre boundaries while maintaining a high level of musicality and
originality. With Marc Cary churning out phantasmagorical sounds on the Fender
Rhodes and keyboards, Terreon Gully cracking the sticks across the snare and Darryl
Hall breaking out on the acoustic upright, Blackout maintains a voguish sound
throughout a group of eclectic numbers. Evolution starts out hot. Bump,
thump, romp and stomp out on Don Grolnicks "Nothing Personal."
It follows with a jungle cruising "For Him, For Her" and then steps
out of the box yet again with a classically cadenced waltz rendition of Stings
"Until." "Red-Bone, Netti-Bone" adjoins salsa and chill funk
as Harris and Blackout take yet another unexpected turn that is quickly welcomed.
Gershwins "Summertime" is equally set ablaze with Gullys
cross stick and some alternate chord changes at the end of the head. "Blackout"
- the song - swings hard, "King Tuts Strut" does some Afro-Cuban
strutting, and Bobby Hutchersons "Montara" takes a quick jaunt
down hip hop alley. Vibe it, ya dig?