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500 Pound Cat by The Living Daylights

If the genius of jazz musicians is judged by how they make the complexity of their music accessible to an audience, then the members of the jazz/rock/funk trio the Living Daylights could be considered geniuses. For several years they have wooed audiences throughout the US with their virtuosity and intricate compositions, and without alienating the listeners with 20-minute solos or a barrage of pointless experimentation. Instead, they prefer to play progressive jazz with a definite pop flavor. Saxophonist Jessica Lurie supplies most of the beautiful melodies, while drummer Dale Fanning and bassist Arne create the tight rhythm section. Each musician shines individually, but when they play in unison their talents are blinding.500 Each musician shines individually, but when they play in unison their talents are blinding. Pound Cat is my favorite jazz release this year. They are a coplete crossover band appealing to not only jazz lovers but the jamband" tapers, and avant new music scene.Recently opening for the 70,000 fan Phish events in Oswego, NY they seem destined to follow in the footsteps of famous crosover bands such as Medeski Martin and Wood(who ironically also got their big break through the Phish scene as well).

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Living Daylights
  • CD Title: 500 Pound Cat
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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