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Denny Jiosa - Among Friends (1999)

31-12-2014, 10:15
Jazz | Smooth Jazz | FLAC / APE

Denny Jiosa - Among Friends (1999)

Artist: Denny Jiosa
Title Of Album: Among Friends
Year Of Release: 1999
Label: 1201 Music
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Format: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
Bitrate: Lossless / CBR 320 kBit/s
Total Time: 42:29 min
Total Size: 257 MB / 98 MB


01. Y2gruv
02. Nic Of Time
03. Lisa
04. Gottatude
05. I Only Have Eyes For You
06. Among Friends
07. Spider Dance
08. Tacotuesday
09. Cahmdadaddy
10. Gentle Spirit
11. Bonus Track

The slick electric guitarist is among some very supportive, high-profile friends on his latest release showcasing his post-Wes Montgomery style in a smooth jazz-easy funk-dash of blues context. Kirk Whalum's always soulful sax dances harmony lines around Denny Jiosa's cool melody line on a lyrical tribute to the latter's young son called "Nic of Time." Chester Thompson comes in monstrously on the drums at times, but shows admirable brushing restraint on tunes like "Nic of Time." Harlan Rogers provides ample key support throughout, but goes into especially high gear on the wily "Spider Dance," providing a moody blues organ foundation and an occasional piano harmony behind Jiosa's crisp lines. And percussionist Glen Caruba joins with Jiosa on "Gottatude" in stirring up an explosive Latin jam as flugelhornist Hollie Farris wails in the background. Ironically, however, according to the liner notes, the "friends" Jiosa is referring to in the album's title are his rack of Gibson guitars, all illustrated but not detailed in the notes. No big deal for the average fan, but guitar enthusiasts might have enjoyed knowing. As attached as Jiosa is to his strings, it's clear that he's a big believer in teamwork and he has no problem letting some of his pals in on the solo action. The only strange misstep is his vocal on a pleasant but average cover of "I Only Have Eyes for You," but he redeems himself with a brief but colorful guitar improvisation. Overall, electric guitar-oriented smooth jazz doesn't get much better than this. -- Jonathan Widran ~



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NewGrammophone   User offline   31 December 2014 16:14

Great album, thank you!

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