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Richard Hart Quartet
Fearless Shores
Innervision Records

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 vibration.

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.

-Susan Frances

Track listing:
1. R&R
2. Getzmondes
3. Fearless Shores
4. Bimjo
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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