Title - 'Live at Red Clay Theatre'
Artist - Bill Hart Band
For those not in the know, guitarist and composer Bill Hart has already released 5 critically acclaimed instrumental jazz-fusion albums and on his 6th, his current 2018 Blujazz Productions album, Live At Red Clay
Theatre, Bill’s guitar instrumental sound proves authentic and
compelling in a live concert setting.
Recorded in June 2017 at the Atlanta concert venue, and released at the end of 2017, Live At Red Clay Theatre features Bill’s solid six piece band,
including: Pat Strawser (keys), Alex McGinnis (sax), Dwayne
Wallace (bass), Steven Walker (drums) and and Emrah Kotan
1. 'Beachside Isle'
2. 'Jim Gilligan'
3. 'Deep Skies'
4. 'Sara's Song'
5. 'That's Purdy'
6. 'Canadese Africano'
7. 'This Is Why'
8. 'Spazio Aperto'
On an album that Hart himself was quoted as mysteriously saying, "All the tracks are original, but none of them are new. Although, you could say they are new versions that somehow have taken on a beautiful life of their own”, the incredibly tight 'Beachside Isle' kicks things off in some style.
Complete with a stunning guitar intro that soon picks up the tempo with all the other instruments around it, McGuiness' sax and Strawser's keyboards most definitely add soulful depth to the cut. After a moment of quietening, scene setting mood play, 'Jim Gilligan' is up next and that's backed by both the Stratocaster-heavy gem 'Deep Skies' and, after a delightful acoustic intro, 'Sara's Song' soon becomes a mid-tempo soprano sax swing affair.
An old favorite from his repertoire, 'That's Purdy' gets doused in some playful blues combined with hot guitar rhythms, before one of my own personal favorites comes along in the shape of a reworked 'Canadese Africano.' Man, this track, complete with Emrah Kotan’s stunning percussion outro, is one you can play over and over and never get tired of hearing.
The reflective 'This Is Why' is next and that's backed by the melodic percussion and bass of 'Spazio Aperto.' Inclusive of Strawser’s Zawinulesque keyboards, the soulful jazz and blues cut is pure dynamite played live here and as the set rounds out with a energetic 'Elected,' you know what you have to do next, as the listener: Just. Hit. Play!