ALMOST CERTAINLY DREAMING
The Chris Tarry Group
Welcome to the latest effort of one of Canada's best jazz performers.
Tarry, who now resides in New York has had eight Juno nominations so far, having taken home the hardware for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording on three occasions, including the 2008 Juno for this sweet release.
So when this jazz bassist brings out a new recording it's an event to mark on the calender.
If you're still not convinced give Almost Certainly Dreaming a listen, and you'll quickly become a fan of this guy.
This is Tarry's eighth solo recording, although he has played electric bass on literally dozens of albums for others, telling you this guy is a highly sought after addition to the richness of any jazz effort.
Like the best in jazz usually is, this CD is filled with instrumental cuts which are allowed something of a seeming life of their own, meandering joyously along. Not one of the cuts clocks in below five-minutes in length, and seven of the eight sweetly eclipse the seven-minute mark. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Numbers such as An Unlikely UFO, Prettiest Town of Goderich and Alien Blueprints are notable here, although the whole CD works wonderfully as a package with nice emotional swings present in the material.
While you can imagine this is bass driven jazz, Kelly Jefferson on saxophone, and Henry Hey on piano are allowed their moments too. Pete McCann on Guitar and Dan Weiss on drums round out the musicians.
Tarry wrote all but Same Clothes, Different Day, which was penned by Hey.
If you like jazz this one is a must. Check it out at www.christarry.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 4, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada