CD Review - James Chance and Terminal City - The Fix is in

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CD Review of The Fix is in by James Chance and Terminal City

CD Review - James Chance and Terminal City - The Fix is in

The Fix Is In –
Le Son De Marquis

James Chance revisits early 50’s Jazz on his latest release, The Fix is in. The saxophonist and singer/songwriter mixes in a number of moods to support his fine playing and idiosyncratic vocal style. Vibraphones mix with brush work on drums, whilst a double bass and a piano provide the backing, with telling solos on Hammond Organ, bringing to mind a smoky jazz club. There are times when this record begins to charter unknown territory, and it may scare some listeners who believe everything that a record company tells them about what Jazz should be. There is no way that this would be filed away in the Smooth Jazz section. It brings to mind the more experimental later sounds of players such as John Coltrane, and even Ornette Coleman at times. Songs such as ‘Down and Dirty’ with its bluesy guitar work and ‘Leave my girl alone’ which bookend the album are good entry and exit points for the album, whilst the lap slide guitar and high register sax work on the title track make it sound like an off cut from a Film noir soundtrack. Although there is fine soloing on the album, particularly from James Chance on Saxophone, and the vibraphone player, the slow or medium pace of the vast majority of the songs, particularly the instrumentals ‘Another Pompadour’ and ‘Chance’s Mood’ mean that the vast majority of pieces will only really appeal to hardened Jazz fans, but I am sure that they will find things to like and admire on this distinctive album.


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author avatar spidermix38
21st Mar 2014 (#)

I was listenning "James Chance and the Contortions",and,yet,somehow,i missed this one.Thanks for review on this one.

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