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Homecoming by Gateway

This album is one of my all time favorites. You can't go wrong with Jon Ambercrombie on guitar, Dave Holland on double bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums and piano. Three of the hippist players alive today, (in my opinion of course). The whole album has a real sense of freedom and a relaxed atmosphere which allows for some great interaction between the musicians. Every tune is great, but since you asked for my favorite song, I had to say How's Never, a Dave Holland original. The tune is in 7 and starts out with a funky bass groove with kind of a half time funk feel to it. Then Jack and Jon come in and match the groove and they just sit on it for a while. It's got a neat little head and then the soloing begins. They stretch that groove out so far that I find myself struggling at times to follow where one measure ends and the next begins. Great interaction between all three guys on this track. On the way out they just groove for a while and let Jack improv over the groove. He really takes it out, almost to the point of losing the other two guys! I really can't say enough about this album and the fine players who recorded it. This group originally began in the 70's and they cut two albums, Gateway, and Gateway II.I haven't heard either of those albums and I only recently got this one, but from what I've heard so far, I highly recommend all three if you like a modern, progressive approach to jazz.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Gateway
  • CD Title: Homecoming
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1995
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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