Richard Hart's latest release Fearless Shores is
a medley of classic jazz standards and fusion with thematic sweeps
and rousing variations encrusting the terse tempo changes. The
guitar licks kindle dynamic movements that rig fluctuations and
impromptu instrument parts, buoying cruising sequences of saxophone
shuffles, guitar sprees, and laid back rhythms. The parts converge
into tightly whirled harmonies forming streamlined sweeps and
giving the compositions a melodic style. Hart's compositions have
distinction among fusion artists like Allan Holdsworth,
Robert Fripp, John Scofield, and Dave Stewart,
by creating a soft rock glaze for the vivid jazz spreads.
Hart's songs all have a theme to them from expressing a carefree
spirit and mirth like in the tracks "R&R" and "Getzmondes"
to communicating soul-searching and private inflections like in
the flaccid motions of "Can't Pass You By." The music
facilitates the mood. The title track is heavy on island beats
revealing a calypso ambience. "Bimjo" is relaxing and
lightly pulsed, whereas "Hop Skip 'N' A Jump" and "Groove
On G Street" are accrued with hopping sax riffs and bangles
of guitar trills. The guitar wails on "Promise Fulfilled"
seesaw between puffing up and deflating sequentially, and the
final number "This Be It" is a classic jazz aria with
bubbly beats and scaling guitar scats. Richard Hart's album Fearless
Shores is music that is expressive of people's movements.
His musical themes show merriment, introspection, and seesawing
motions. It's as if he composed music to resonate with people's
Joining Hart on his recordings are saxophonist Ron Munn,
bassist Dorothy Soto, and percussionist Mark Winkel,
who make up the Richard Hart Quartet. All songs are written
and arranged by Hart and imprinted with distinct sonic improvisations
and melodic compounds. He makes a new pleat in fusion's fold.
3. Fearless Shores
5. Can't Pass You By
6. Hop Skip 'N' A Jump
7. Groove On G Street
8. Promise Fulfilled
9. This Be It
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