The music disappoints, rivalling the CD cover art for dreariness. Composer Hans Fahling needs either a Harmony 102 class or a shot of courage. He rarely ventures beyond a monotonous unison guitar (Fahling) and tenor line (Ralph Reichert and Aaron Birrell). Occasionally he throws in a few thirds or (gasp) sixths. "Golden Seven" surprises the listener with one likeable harmonic excursion, but it is all too tentative, slow, and brief.
The musicians may be equally at fault for the low energy of this disc. The soloists play metronomic eighth notes and breathe once every four bars during uninspired improvisations. But, after all, they have little to work with here. Fahling’s melodies repeat phrases with minimal or uninteresting variation, all the while clinging to the root, third, and fifth of the underlying chords. This release, named after a city rich in history, is pretentiously marketed considering what it is: a beginner's release. One might more accurately name it "Humbug."