The Optimist [Hybrid SACD] Hybrid SACD, SACD
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This product is a hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) and has been encoded with two layers: one is a normal CD program and the other is an SACD of the same repertoire. The product is playable on both SACD-compatible machines as well as standard CD players.
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"Blah de blah" and "Patchy Sunshine" (great V/C changes) are my own personal pick.
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There are really no exact analogs to this music, but it bears a resemblence to a couple of songs ("U. B. The Monster" and "The Hipster") on Metalwood's brilliant disc The Recline, although Presencer's approach is generally not that funky. It also resembles some things from Voodoo Dogs, the great eponymous disc from Bob Ward and Larry Goldings, esp. "The Birth of Life," although, again, it's not that funky (but Presencer can pull out the funk moves very effectively when he wants, as on "Patchy Sunshine").
The overall vibe is more along the lines of Silent Singing, a very pleasant disc by Steve Tavaglione, or, even more so, Steve Erquiaga's brilliant fusion disc, Erkiology.
Not really "jazztronica," e.g., Sonic Trance from Nicholas Payton or Freak-In from Dave Douglas or Largo from Brad Mehldau, The Optimist instead is very accomplished modern British jazz-pop-funk. 4 and 1/2 stars.