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The Human Complexity by Dwight Sirls

This is an impressive collection of melody-rich tunes and smooth R&B rhythms from a multi-talented artist who plays all of the instruments on the CD, except for the sax (Kyle Stroud) on his last piece, "La Vida." He also engineered and mixed the whole thing. Do you think he was a little busy here? Well, in this writer’s opinion, it paid off.

The CD is heavily-laden with serious professional skill. At first glance, the title of the opening tune, "UFOs," gave me pause, as I expected some "out there" sound effects and disconnected, elusive melody. Quite the contrary. While, initially, the synthesizer strikes you as having a bit of a thick and robotic effect, Sirls quickly hauls the tune into a slinky, funky acid jazz perspective, complete with bright horns. This piece quickly establishes him as a very competent bassist (which appears to be his primary instrument of choice).

His clever use of the reverb effect on bass in track 3, the lively "Gray St.," adds a cool dimension. He also plays an adequate classical guitar on track 5, "Enlighten," and he definitely knows how to pour on the funk. Track 7, "Indigo," and the very upbeat track 8, "Louella Symphony" (now, this is my kind of symphony!) are probably the best indications of that.

Part of Dwight Sirls’s bio reads: "Dwight feels strongly about music being the primary conduit of expression." This CD makes a pretty strong argument for that concept. I’d love to see this guy live (with a full band, of course). He sounds like he might be a really fun and refreshing experience.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Dwight Sirls
  • CD Title: The Human Complexity
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Japoonoonie Records
  • Tracks: UFOs, Human Complexity, Gray St., A Cold World, Enlighten, Revolution, Indigo, Louella Symphony, Groove Interlude, La Vida
  • Musicians: Dwight Sirls (six-, five-, and four-string bass, electric and classical guitars, synthesizers and other keyboards, electronic percussion, drum sample manipulation), Kyle Stroud (saxophone on "La Vida")
  • Rating: Four Stars
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