Title - 'Just Get In'
Artist - Wonderland Park
For those not in the know, Wonderland Park is Allen Hinds on guitar, Peter Hastings on bass, and Chris Wabich on drums.
An instrumental trio playing rootsy avant funky modern jam and such like, the band was started by old friends Allen Hinds (guitar) and Peter Hastings (upright bass). Having co-written a batch of tunes with the idea of keeping it simple and stretching out, incorporating talented friend of theirs Chris Wabich on drums thereafter, was a no brainer.
Hinds has played a variety of jazz music for years and is a highly creative, expressive, soulful player; Hastings builds a foundation on upright bass wherever he goes; and Wabich brings his exceptional and eclectic skills to the drums, as if it had always been second nature to him.
Their collective debut album, Just Get In was released May 24th, 2016, but still resonates here today within the music industry and their fans alike.
1. 'All Due Respect'
2. 'Just Get In'
3. 'Bobby's Big Wheel'
4. 'Barron's Crossing'
5. 'Truth Be Told'
6. 'Spittin' Image'
7. 'A Far Cry'
Opener 'All Due Respect' is a winding, exploring, jam session-sounding cut that showcases the guitar work of Hinds to a tee. That's backed seamlessly by the longest track on the album (just), the title cut itself, the gently funky 'Just Get In.' The pace is picked up somewhat for the jangly 'Bobby's Big Wheel' which is followed by the all-out rocker, 'Barron's Crossing.'
The second longest track (by seconds) is the lush 'Truth Be Told,' which in turn is backed by the mid-tempo guitar funk patterns of 'Spittin' Image.' the album all to soon though for my liking, then comes to a close with the truly wondrous, ever reaching, always earnest 'A Far Cry.'
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