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Pleasant enough but not much more....
on 24 September 2012
At the risk of sounding overly cynical, I would describe the music here as healthily 'nice': it's mellow and undemanding, well delivered by very competent players (guitar especially) but relying as it does so heavily on pretty sounding refrains it just sort of leaves me in the same place as I start - not swept up or challenged or surprised or going 'Wow, where do these guys find this stuff?'; which is what I look for most often when I listen to jazz. I appreciate that this exacting quest needn't be the only purpose of music (setting a mood as this album does can be just as relevant) but for me it's THE MAIN ONE more often than not, and hence my luke warm response. But each to their own, eh? Perhaps I'll find more of what I was hoping for in Burton's recently released 'GBQ in concert'.