- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
|Larry Carlton||Guitar, Group Member|
|Nathan East||Bass, Vocals, Group Member|
|Harvey Mason Sr.||Drums, Group Member|
|Ken Freeman||Programming, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing|
|Harvey Mason Jr.||Producer|
Posted October 1, 2010
As wonderful and as seductive as contemporary polished jazz can be, it's often pretty slight and forgettable. That's definitely not the case with this album. With Heartfelt, Fourplay has not only broken away from the Warner label for Bluebird, but has ripped free from their increasingly conservative template of delivering smooth, romantic jazz in exchange for a much more experimental - and satisfactory - undertaking. From the opening overdriven guitar lick and entrancing piano melody of the ethereal, longing "Galaxia," the restrictive label of "smooth jazz" is immediately tossed out the window. The LP quickly then shifts into the epic "That's the Time," by contrast a tightly-constructed and pulsating piece projected by a beautiful interchange of rhythm and melody phrasing that leaves nothing to be desired. For the most part, the rest of Heartfelt delightfully backs these two pieces up with justice - the snarl of "Cafe l'Amour," the bright catchiness of "Karma," and the downright classic jazz traditionalism of "Tally Ho!" open up a lot of room for soloing - which Yes, Please lacked - and exploration for each virtuoso. Essentially, these pieces stand out with their unique and memorable melodies and original production. It's not the perfect record, but it does stand a head above the rest of the industry's production because of its musical strength and artistic earnestness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.