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Germination by Lotus

Pop.... uh, I mean, jazz quiz: what might one get if they could combine smooth/mellow fusion with a jam band, adding a generous dollop of drum & bass/jungle-style electronica? Answer: Lotus. While a bit lite on the "grit" (the musical equivalent of Grape Nuts, or crushed red pepper on that pizza - minimum adult daily requirement not yet established) for this writer, Lotus do lay down some goes-down-easy, fleet-fingered, spry, endlessly-jimmy guitar grooves (echoes of Wes Montgomery abound, filtered through Robert Frippeā€™s note-multiplying electronics) over top of a shifting ebullient, breezy yet insistent rhythm matrix. Lotus have the potential to chase casual gloom with their glossy (in a good way, I mean) zoom.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lotus
  • CD Title: Germination
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Harmonized
  • Musicians: Lotus: Steve Clemens: drums; Jesse Miller: bass; Luke Miller: guitar, synthesizer; Chuck Morris: percussion, hand sonic; Mike Rempel: guitar.
  • Rating: Two Stars
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