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  •  The Independent Musicians CD Reviews

    Welcome to the EvO:R Independent CD Reviews Section.
    I would like to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves to everyone. The EvO:R review section features reviews from various independent musicians that submit material for our consideration.

    I wanted to let you know a little about our review teams collective thoughts on music. It's important to let the people we review know what we think of their music and how we listened to their creations.

    We hold nothing back! The team has been instructed to be honest and respectful of all CD's reviewed.
    The EvO:R CD Review Team
    Artist: Rick Reynolds Group
    Album: Verb
    Genre: 6 piece Jazz Group
    Rating: 8 out of 10
    Website: Band Official Website
    Downloads: Music
    Reviewed by: Kelly Macina
    Edited by: Janne Zawa
    Review Comments: jannezawa@gmail.com

    One might expect 6 piece Jazz Group lead by Jazz Guitarist Rick Reynolds from Florida to deliver music that could be categorized as say overly rock based. I mean before I even listened to a single note of music from Rick Reynolds Group thatís honestly the impression I got. Why? Releasing 12 albums in the past seven years, Rick Reynolds is a musical force.

    As if writing over 1000 songs isnít enough, Rick is the writer, lyricist, producer, singer and guitarist in three groups, Sounding Rick, Lucky Henry and the Rick Reynolds Group. Listening to Sounding Rock I get the impression this guy is like a modern day more rocked out version of Van Morrison. I expected them to be a kind of flipped out Rock-Jazz band with excessive showboating and excessive musical meandering.

    To sharpen my skepticism over the years Iíve heard my share of rock guys crossover in the Jazz ream. That one big step and much of it is lacks a unique freshness or mass marketability appeal to vintage Jazz lovers. However thereís a real

    sense of musical independence here via this latest work entitled Verb. While everything here on Three is shall I say exceptionally entertaining, and it all covers a pretty wide range of musical styles, a few tracks stand out from the rest for me in particular. ďWalk the LifeĒ is a great opener and one of those songs that delivers a methodical musical build that is pure magic. While the movement presents a straight forward hooky Jazz guitar, somehow this has a more of an organic feel as the first track hits solid stride.

    This is definitely a modern example of classic Jazz artists cut from the same cloth as Jerome Richardson, Ike Quebec, Gene Harris, Tiny Grimes and Jimmy Raney. Because of itís improvised nature some Jazz is not easy to pigeonhole, however I suspect many of the previously mentioned bands have had an influence. The musicianship from all three members is how shall I say - off the chain. The guitar front from Reynolds sets the standard and is beyond impressive. Three delivers plenty of cool guitar riffing, bass playing that sits deep in the pocket but above all it shows just how far Reynolds and company navigate with sheer precision through the uncharted waters of free form Jazz. So are you thinking what Iím thinking? Somehow all the above is not compatible with the superficial musical times we live in.

    Verb by Rock Reynolds Group is well-suited for audiences that enjoy progressive music, improvised Jazz and melodic fusion. Even slight elements of earthy Jazz R&B. Expect great things from Reynolds as his fanbase expands. Thereís obviously a disgruntled Jazz audience out there just waiting for them to arrive. Well the wait is over Ė Verb by Rick Reynolds Group is here.
    Reviewed by: Kelly Macina
    Edited by: Janne Zawa
    Review Comments: jannezawa@gmail.com
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