With determination and a lot of faith Tales & Destinations is more of a project than it is a recording. The AE!C is a group of musicians and educators determined to help youth who are troubled with drug abuse and violence. Through a special program called Project X, the AE!C are able to allow these kids to express themselves through music on a weekly basis. Jeff Kaye is the guiding force behind this latest release, composing most of the material.
When listening to Corner Pocket
, one immediately recalls the ground breaking work Herbie Hancock did back in the 1970's with The Headhunters and Rockit projects. Utilizing an infectious groove a la Booker T, Kaye sets a recurring pattern of rhythmic enjoyment. Other influences one can hear are George Duke and to an extent Joe Zawinul. Link's sax work compliments the thrust of this piece nicely. Delivering an understated counter melody that works beautifully.
The upbeat Vintage Keys
continues in the dance groove mode with Kaye freely improvising. Lonnie Liston Smith would enjoy this. Dr. Smith being one of the early purveyors of this style. Kaye's ability to build on his improvising to new and varied modalities is a breath of fresh air.
features Carr's sensitive approach with Kaye's bed of keyboard richness and experimentation adding a unified dimension.Original Intent
is a composition featuring Carr's soprano sax. Treading lightly but with intent. Kaye delivers on both percussion and keyboards. What a joy it is to listen to someone who can seamlessly glide over the keyboards and yet maintain a sense of balance. DeRaffele's repetitive bass lines pound like a heart beat in need.
Call it funk, urban or whatever. This is music with a purpose. Music that is happening now. Considering the real reason for this recording's existence is to help young people, the cause is a noble one. Musical enjoyment abounds especially if you love keyboards.