JAZZ REVIEW: At first, I was taken aback with the sound, it was almost like a chill out CD, the more I listened the better kept getting. Perry seems to encapsulate the summer sound from the off. It's a blend of the most eclectic styles of music your likely to hear moving from soul, jazz to latin fusion through to ambient and deep house. It's the sort of CD that you find yourself lying in your pad thinking of sun-drenched beaches and lazy afternoons. Track 1, A closer view is 8 minutes of fender rhodes bliss and moves straight to another of the strongest tracks on the album shifting seasons which is a beautiful horn led fusion track, then the pharoah-esque Abstractions which sounds very eastern. Next up is orbiting which reminds me of spacial soul jazz from 70s. The stand out track is Rhodesmode which is a floor filling Nu-jazz track which has haunting string drenched riff running through it. The album continues to move through the gears surprising you at every turn. The emphasis of the album is not on the mix but the melding of eclectic styles. The album closes with peacemaker which leaves you with images of brasilian guitars on the sand sipping chilled drinks under sweeping palms.
A real surprise for me but one which I'm pleased to have reviewed. This is an album that has to be discovered over 60 minutes so don't expect a quick fix as your getting ready to go out. Reserve an hour and see what I mean.