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This review is from: Alternating Currents (Audio CD)
What we have here is a young(ish) British Jazzman showing the rest how to make a great album without resorting to gimmickry, trendy beats (yawn) and overrated superstar guests who have been resting on their laurels for too long. In my opinon, Denys has already bettered his mentor Courtney Pine in that his first two albums easily surpass those of the latter in terms of playing and strength of composition. OK, Denys has enlisted the wondeful Martin Taylor and Juliet Roberts on this recording. However, these people are not has-beens, they are never-weres who deserve far better than the relative obscurity that they have acheived thus far ( Talent doesn't always find the success it deserves without multi-million dollar A&R parasites in tow.) Putting my soapbox away now, this album has many fine and challenging compositions which although complex are never overcooked, inaccessible or cluttered with excessive blowing. The backup of his superb band is exemplary. This is an album that should not be missed. If there is any justice in this world ( and I seriously doubt that there is) this guy is going to be big news in the future. Good luck to him, he dererves it. He respects the tradition of the music while bringing new life to it. His compositions have the same freshness and originality of a young Wayne Shorter.