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5.0 out of 5 stars Nathan Haines does not give up all his secrets at once., 23 April 2001
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This review is from: Sound Travels (Audio CD)
Give it time! Nathan Haines does not give up all his secrets at once. Sound Travels takes you on a journey that needs to be experienced over and over. This album contains a range of numbers that touch many sources, World, Latin, Reggae, funk and Hip Hop. Something for everyone but everything tied by piano and bass played over complex percussion and Nathan Haines' incredibly fluid sax overlays.
A cool and somewhat detached start leads to ever more depth and layering. Impossible Beauty is almost dinner jazz followed by the title track Sound Travels with its mix of Hip Hop and incessant drum repeat. Honeycomb is a strange mix, starting as if a strong reggae is in store, then through the piano and sax intro it gradually moves to a slow rhythmic beat with a rich fusion. This is followed by a new fresh announcement with an amazing buoyant saxophone solo, have we heard this before? We don't really know or care as the patterns and textures are so closely woven.
Vocals have been chosen carefully, fitting the style and mood of the songs so closely. Pay attention to the fantastic harmony of vocals from Daniel Vacchio, Shelly Nelson, Marcus Begg, Vanessa Freeman and the lovely Verna Francis, half spoken, half sung Earth is the Place.
Can anyone avoid moving to the extraordinary varied rhythms and unusual blends to be found on this cd. Nathan Haines and Phil Asher have written and arranged a masterpiece that is well worth taking the time to know.
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