Title - 'Fly South'
Artist - Allen Hinds
For those not in the know, Allen Hinds has played a variety of jazz music for years and is a highly creative, expressive, and accomplished soulful guitar player.
Indeed, Hinds has performed and/or recorded with jazz and R&B luminaries including Randy Crawford, Gino Vannelli, Patti Austin, Roberta Flack, BeBe and CeCe Winans, The Crusaders, Bobby Caldwell, James Ingram, Marilyn Scott, Boney James, and many, many others.
An active studio musician as well as live performer, Hinds has written songs for Larry Carlton, Patti Austin, Jeff Kashiwa as well as many popular TV shows, and he is also a passionate educator; and has taught at Musicians Institute for 30+ years.
On his delightful solo album, released June 30th, 2016, Fly South, the Alabama-reared guitarist combines a distinct style with a strong workmanship that come together to give us some of the best work that I've heard in the past decade from guitarist-based solo albums.
1. 'Springs Eternal'
4. 'Yonder Hills'
6. 'Little White Lies'
7. 'Boo's Folly'
8. 'Old Mill Pond'
9. 'June 15th'
10. 'Blues for O.K. Darpley'
The opening track, the winding 'Springs Eternal,' will have you creating your own lyrics to it, it's just that infectious a melody, and that's backed by the R&B-tinged, rock-leaning 'Buckley' and his tribute to one of his influences growing up, 'Joni' (Mitchell).
The up-tempo jazz rock of 'Yonder Hills' finds Hinds raising the musical bar even more, and that's followed by the acoustic, subtle beauty of the quite ballad, 'Heartfell.' The tempo is raised, once more, for 'Little White Lies,' before it comes down a few notches for the pragmatic 'Boo's Folly.'
The stunning pretty, dainty 'Old Mill Pond' is built for summer days, idyllically beautiful as any track dare get close to in history for such a sunny time, and then the album comes to a close with the gentle 'June 15th,' and then the longest track on the album, the soulful blues of 'Blues for O.K. Darpley.
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