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Burning Bridges by Jazzy Devils

I read a review recently comparing Jazzy Devils to Spyro Gyra and well they were correct. Peter Cor seems to have assembled some great musicians from the four corners of the earth. East Coast's own Gary Regina, who plays both saxes beautifully here, especially on the track like 'Night Groove' which will make you want to turn the lights down a shade and sit back and relax. Renato Annicchiarico, a native of Italy has taken some Italian-Latin grooves and mixed them in to most tracks with relative easy. One would expect that any sort of percussion would be brought up to front and drown out the track but Renato adds his own 'little diddies' keeping them back in the tracks but not far enough for you not to realize that they are there and he has some hands and fingers!.

Chris Miller adds a 'pop sound' to his drumming coming up through the ranks playing with artists like Kenny G and Glen Frey and Billy Preston. In his travels he has studied with master percussionists in Senegal which helps to add on some beat to this album. I may have liked to heard a bit more soloing from Chris, he is a good drummer and hopefully in time, through the live show he can branch out abit. Roxy McDaniel is a German import. One can only be a product of their influences and when Roxy heard Paul Jackson from the Herbie Hancock band it appears he was hooked. Roxy follows Jackson abit but does not 'be' Jackson. Roxy's playing is solid throughout, the way the traditional bass playing should/could be.

This album does not stray too far off something that Earth, Wind & Fire would do, as Peter Cor has worked with them and Lee Ritenour, Tuck & Patti and Lenny White. This has helped him and his band find the groove. Everyone stands out on this album, I am going to single out Gary Regina for praise, his sax playing is worth the price of admission not only for the album but for the live show as well. Peter Cor plays the keys on (in the )Am with ease and the interaction with Gary Regina on this track make it the second most popular track on the album, save for 'Night Groove'. Spyro Gyra fans have a future with Jazzy Devils, go out and see them live and you will see for yourself.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jazzy Devils
  • CD Title: Burning Bridges
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Rhombus Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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