On His Eye Is On The Sparrow, violinist Judy Scheinman does a unique rendition of this gospel classic. It also has a bluesy sound that doesn't dominate the spiritual nature of the song. On Bantu, the band takes us to Africa with lively percussion by lead member Scott Amendola. Saxophonist Eric Crystal also delivers a fantastic performance while Scheinman adds the harmony. This would make a good TV theme song. Calling all networks! On A Cry for John Brown, the band has an eclectic and unusually happy tone considering the fact that John Brown was a martyr for the abolition of slavery. You can also hear a lot more of guitarist Nels Cline on this track, who adds the rock element to this song. The saxophone is almost non-existent here.
What I didn't like about this CD was it tended to be a little bit too avant garde for me. For example, Whisper, Scream was horrible because all of the instruments clashed and they sounded like cymbals clanging together. In addition, the violin sounded like loud screams during an argument.
My Son, The Wanderer was my favorite song on the CD because it had a funky but melancholic sound. Once again the guitar was dominant the saxophone sounds were harmonious. Scott Amendola's drumming was also fantastic. In spite of its' title, Streetbeat reminds me of hard bop artists such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis. I also love the choppy style of the song. I think this is the only danceable song on the CD. This is a wonderful CD that blends African, jazz, gospel and rock to create an eclectic blend of music. Scott Amendola and his talented sidekicks bring a fresh approach to contemporary jazz. I'll give this CD three smoked hams.