Readers of Denis Poole’s Secret Garden, will know it’s the place to go for a British perspective on all that’s good, and not so good, in the world of smooth jazz and classic soul. In order to bring you more of the news more of the time this latest Secret Garden Snippet delivers another current sound bite from the adult contemporary scene. I receive all manner of CD’s for review but one item that recently dropped into my mailbox has completely blown my mind. It’s the CD titled Dance by ex Ray Charles tour band trumpeter / flugelhorn player David Hoffman and Paul Adams. They are both from Peoria Illinois and, as well as pursuing solo careers, record and perform as The Neurons.
Dance is an album that almost defies description comprising as it does afro influenced percussion, jungle beats and off the wall vocal snippets but, buried within it, are several standout dance tracks. Its been written many times that to really hit the mark in soul, dance, R & B or smooth jazz the music must have two components, rhythm and melody. Not surprising then it’s the more melodic tunes that come to the fore in this eleven track selection that is packed with rhythm. ‘Luminosity’ is tremendous with real Hardcastlesque qualities while the flamenco flavored ‘Spanish Horizon’ gets the job done too. The flute on ‘Shuffle and Suspense’ is a surprising but pleasing choice and ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ is a tight tune woven together with unobtrusive vocals and a great beat. Finally ‘Island Girl’, with delicious Spanish language female vocals, is further confirmation of the eclectic nature of the recording.Posted by Denis Poole at June 24, 2005 2:54 PM