David Garfield - Giving Back (Creatchy Records)

garfield.jpgWhile riding my mountain bike uphill listening to studio ace David Garfield's latest release Giving Back on my iPod I was really having a great time. This album is varied, interesting, boasts top notch playing from an incredible lineup of L.A.'s best session musicians (Gerald Albright, the Brecker Brothers, Walt Fowler, Vinnie Colaiuta, Hiroshima's June Kuramoto, Ricardo Silveira, Airto Moreira, Paul Jackson Jr., Lee Ritenour etc. etc.) and doesn't shy away from some really demanding playing. The opening track "Desert Hideaway" is the first highlight with its catchy melody and great solos by Michael O'Neill on guitar and Will Lee on bass. The smooth "Laws Of Love" is a beauty with Larry Klimas and Walt Fowler playing the melody together on sax and flugelhorn. "Tune For Tony" is a wild jam featuring two drummers splitting the drum patterns between themselves while the Brecker Brothers really stretch out. Steve Lukather adds his rock guitar the way he did on previous Garfield albums. There are some vocal numbers on the CD as well and they have hit potential. Especially "The One With The Broken Heart" featuring Bill Champlin and some great background singers lift this catchy pop song to a new level. The Isley's "For The Love Of You" featuring Alex Ligertwood is a delight as well. I could go on and comment the rest of the great tracks on this album which range from smooth jazz to soul/pop and back to funk, latin and weird jazz. A standout CD which is highly recommended to the true music lover who knows no boundaries!