Steve Clarke, through the work of KeyNote Productions notably Edwin Hernandez have brought us another slick produced album full of signature melodies and slap style bass.
Much like Steve's previous 4 CD releases, this album branches out to explore different time signatures while delivering straight forward funk grooves. With the help of Timmy Mallory and Dave Dana, the guitar overlays are not 'overlayed' or over produced they are in synch and compliment each other, neither stray to far to take the 'battling guitarists' approach one might expect from having two guitarists. Chris Coogan's keyboard work here is excellent, he lays back, fills in the space quite nice and keeps everyone steady. Chris Stanley on drums has it all sown up especially on 'A Walk In The Rain'
where the interplay between himself and Steve Clarke and Chris Coogan give that track its life. Slap style bass is where Steve Clarke shines. Most tracks he brings it out to the forefront and some he will let it 'low-end rumble' either way, no matter what the song signature is, Steve brings them all to life with his playing, some may say this is his best work yet.
In closing, if you are fan of funk/jazz funk, this album is for you. It is not total jazz funk, there are a few things that slow it down a bit but there are cuts on here that make you stand up and take notice, you will want to play this album again and go out and explore more from Steve Clarke and all he and his band have to offer via the live show or ordering his previous albums on-line.
Key Tracks: A Walk In The Rain, Riff Raft Dance, Look To A Star