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Neon
     

Neon

by Mike Clinco
 
The dogmatists, ideologues,and rigid purists of the jazz world have a lot of silly ideas, and one of them is the notion that jazz musicians aren't legitimate unless they are recording a bunch of warhorses that have already been recorded literally hundreds of times over the years. But truth be told, there is absolutely nothing wrong with jazzmen emphasizing their own

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The dogmatists, ideologues,and rigid purists of the jazz world have a lot of silly ideas, and one of them is the notion that jazz musicians aren't legitimate unless they are recording a bunch of warhorses that have already been recorded literally hundreds of times over the years. But truth be told, there is absolutely nothing wrong with jazzmen emphasizing their own material as long as they are talented composers -- and Mike Clinco's compositions serve him well on the self-produced Neon. The only song on this 2009 release that the lyrical guitarist didn't write himself is Henry Mancini's "Charade," which Clinco performs in a highly introspective fashion. Everything else on Neon is a Clinco original, and that includes enjoyable post-bop selections like "Sonship," "Bookends," and the Brazilian-flavored "Amalgam." Post-bop dominates Neon, although Clinco ventures into fusion territory when he shows some rock influence on "X Cue Says" and "Beaten Paths." Not only does Clinco (who features saxman/flutist Bob Sheppard and flugelhornist Walt Fowler extensively on this 52-minute CD) reject the dogma that jazz artists are obligated to make overdone standards a high priority on all of their albums -- he also rejects the notion that jazzmen should not allow themselves to be influenced by rock under any circumstances. Most of Neon is straight-ahead post-bop rather than fusion, but even so, the fact that "X Cue Says" and "Beaten Paths" are as rock-influenced as they are demonstrates that Clinco is not opposed to making some fusion moves when he feels it is appropriate. Neon is a solid illustration of Clinco's skills as both a guitarist and a composer.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/2009
Label:
Whaling City Sound
UPC:
0687606004429
catalogNumber:
44

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