This is the kind of album that makes me want to get up in the morning, it's simply brimming with life, variety and invention.From the very off there is a captivating mixture of musical ideas and styles- from fairly simple but catchy funky jazz to some very pacy be boppy excursions that fully demonstrate the main man's prowess on his saxophone.What impresses me about this album is the quality of the writing, the brilliance of Kenny and band and the very natural production job that gives the whole project a feeling of freshness and immediacy.In short, this is a little gem and deserves a place in your collection!
Some fans may grumble that the man has gone jazz lite on some tunes ('Sounds Like Winter' is a notable example) and to an extent Kenny may be guilty. But even in those moments he shows his beautiful tone and ability to phrase and anyway,surely a player has the right to decide what and how they wish play!Given that sales of jazz CD's are a minor affair,anything that an artist can do to promote this noble art form has to be welcomed, even if a little compromise is required.
Simply Said' is a very enjoyable album that even non -jazz lovers could appreciate,while there is sufficient room for up tempo fireworks to keep die hard's happy.
Stand out tracks: 'Charlie Brown Goes To South Africa' and 'Delta Bali Blues'.
on 14 January 2000
I initialy bought this album on the strength of the opening track, G.T.D.S, which is a stormy type of bouncy, funky sound that goes down well especially with a loudish, powerpushing system. The other 'Filler' tracks are more than just Fodder. All interesting Numbers. No Spacemakers here. All was well to start with, until I got to Track 8: Can I just Hold Your Hand ? I've heard many a smooth, almost, dead feeling plasticky, highly polished tracks of late, but this is real, emotion in sound. Moody, with a beautifully flowing sax melody, almost Pied Piper hynotically, which just sets me up for the following blaster of a number, Track 9: Organized Colors. Starts off slow with an almost hypnotic Sax appeal to the senses, before rising to the most beautiful and well composed (if not organized!) tunes i've heard in a while. Lenghty, complicated with just the right changes and twists to delight the most serious deep listeners. The Albums worth it just for these two tracks ! Simply Said, Intelligent Compositions ! My definite fave of the year. Truly a delight.