Monday, April 21, 2008

168. AFFZ CD: GRAHAM CONNAH'S JETTISON SLINKLY: Sparkly (4:39)

Sparkly (4:39)





A true jewel from the AFFZ CDs!

First off, Mr. Connah is such a gifted composer. Check out all the themes and countersubjects and little interjections of previous material at just the right time!

This tune just never stops grooving. There is quite a bit of room for improvisation. For example, Rob Sudduth plays a beautiful short eight-bar solo after the initial written-out section; a short return to a previous theme; Alex Candelaria follows with a probing guitar solo.

Eventually, Mr. Connah himself plays a funky synth solo. Noel Jewkes on flute is particularly impressive. Connah puts a cool little background behind the end of his solo.

If your musical tastes are anything like mine, listening to this will literally compel you to seek out more Connah music. [I ended up playing all of JETTISON SLINKY: Dank Side of the Morn after writing this!]

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