Flute Jazz, Acoustic Disc CD ACD-30, 1998
All together now: "Flute jazz."
Wow. I was surprised to find no cover of Mancini music on
this cd. I mean, its flute jazz, and Im afraid thats
the first thing I think of when someone says "jazz flute" to
me. Then I think of Snoopy music. But, to each his own stereotype.
Ill have to admit that, not looking at the track list, and
doing other things as the CD plays out, I cant tell the
difference between tracks at times. Where does one song end, where does
the next begin? Thats no problem if youre putting the music
on for background or for mood. But then again, I doubt if your
un-average thrash metal fan is going to go looting the local
Borders for anything called Flute Jazz. This may be
the kind of album you have to like before you buy it. You know what to
expect, what you want from this album. So, you get it.
The basic formula is: flute, with soft plucking guitar chords
underneath, with the odd bongo or someone hitting a wicker basket in
the next room.
Jimmy Van Heusens "Like Someone In Love" is a
good cover, and Eakles own "Flute Jazz"you
guessed it! The cover song!I find quite relaxing and sprightly.
"Speak Low," by the only Alec Wilder ever, darts around like
a bird on a KFC roof. The bass bangs and plucks away, and this is the
first song I remember hearing the bass in! Sobonus points,
The great thing about jazz is that, at its best, it takes
something youve heard before and plays with it until its
totally new. Well, unless you read music. If youre an idiot like
me, youll swear youve never heard Cole Porters
"I Love You" before. Either that, or he paid good royalty
money just to write his own stuff.
But if youre like me and you like just too many
thingsand if one of them happens to include the kind of flute
jazz that makes you mad at your parents that they didnt have you
in the early 50s so you could enjoy the late 60sthen,
get this album. Its fun. It hits the mark, even if the range
isnt all it could be. But then, whats a better compliment
than "fun"? Ben Ohmart
Matt Eakle, flute, bass flute; Davis Ramey, guitar; Harvie
Swartz, bass. Produced by David Grisman and Matt Eakle.
Grans Blues A Secret Love Love in
Provence A Simple Matter Memories of
Tomorrow Troubled Thoughts Like Someone in
Love Pra Dizer Adeus Flute Jazz
Speak Low My Flower I Love You Monk
Asks Billy For a Smoke