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Round 3 by Four80East

Some people call it trance jazz, some people call it trip jazz. Four80East's latest release called Round 3 is a blend of electronic and acoustic jazz that is 21st century in nature. Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace use the talents they have to come up with music that sets the pace for the new millennium. They are helped along the way by saxist Jon Stewart, flutist Andrew McPherson, trumpeter Benjy Perosin and harmonica player Carlos del Junco. The ten tracks on Round 3 are compelling and mix in contemporary grooves with an acoustic moody side. Even though their last release Nocturnal was darker, Round 3 has a dark undertone, but is more playful in nature.

Four80East wanted to use a boxing theme for this release and T.K.O brings about that theme. But the other tracks show different themes that complement each other. Shot Clock brings about a basketball theme with cowbells included. Mint Julep and Burn Down the Bayou has a down right and dirty feel. Last Flight to L.A. and Montreux give the feeling of two different ways to travel.

There are some tracks that hit the nail on the head, but there are others that seem to drag on too long. However, the majority of Round 3 is good and proves Four80East can bring jazz into the 21st Century with music that is experimental, but listenable. I might suggest to DeBoer and Grace that they might like to try to not be as introspective non their next release. They will be able to reach even more people with whatever message they have to convey.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Four80East
  • CD Title: Round 3
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Higher Octave Jazz
  • Rating: Three Stars
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