What I found most enjoyable and satisfying about this CD is that all the vocal tracks are excellent, and after a good helping of meaningful lyrics pushed along by some fine jazz and pop instrumentation a different aspect of the group takes over, the instrumental side. Tracks 10 through 14 serve as a spotlight on those talents. So not only do you get variety with lyrical content you get the full color palette of jazz at its best, without the vocals. While I really enjoyed the vocal tracks immensely, I honestly believe that the most powerful and meaningful music is played by instruments alone, and in jazz in particular it’s more evident than in any other style of music.
This kind of music reminds me of when I was just beginning my jazz journey in the early eighties while I was out in California. I was listening to this great music on a radio playing somewhere and I asked what station it was and a person replied-"Why, that’s KBLX, the Quiet Storm." What better way to explain what jazz is.... a quiet storm, isn’t that perfect? It’s as if the people creating the music have an emotional storm brewing inside and rather than expressing itself with words it comes pouring out through instruments and becomes a thing of beauty. This all makes so much sense to me. Thanks Big Al for reminding me of when I discovered jazz and what it means to me, your music brought it all back with a smile that is enduring in my heart as I write these words.
What’s even more gratifying is that this music becomes more meaningful and understood with each successive listen. This is one of the most upbeat and consist jazz and pop CDs that I have heard in some time. The liner notes are an added bonus helping to make your experience that much more meaningful, comments are made on what style of music is being played along with what the lyrics are conveying. So do yourself a favor to take the time, give yourself a little space, then kick back and relax to enjoy a nice long ride on the smooth waves of this quiet storm.