The new release Mixture drops on 11/27/12 and is an impressive hybrid of jazz, fusion, with that smoldering southern sound reminiscent of Muscle Shoals bubbling just beneath the surface. The opening track is the only vocal on the release and laid down nicely by Pam Rule. As Mixture rolls on Stuckey takes command with a edgy yet angular line of single note runs that are clean, precise and methodical but emotionally charged at the same time. "Too Pooped To Bop" is a perfect example of establishing a lyrical direction from a rich harmonic color palette while creating a sound somewhere between post bop and the more traditional fusion. The band is rock solid and immediately changes direction with "Sunday Brunch" which is a tune that could make serious headway on the smooth jazz charts. Stuckey knows the importance of taking a simple melody and then letting the music come to you. A bright and breezy flow that fits perfectly within this six string showcase. Closing out the release we get the funkier side of Stuckey, clean and precise with the finesse of a surgeon and the melodic heart of a poet.
Stuckey swings hard and lays down a groove with the best of them. Sidestepping genre classification is a beautiful thing and that is what good music does. A solid, inventive, and incredibly entertaining release!
Tracks: We'll See; Fall; Windows Down; Too Pooped To Bop; Sunday Brunch; Give Five; Raining; Holly Tree Hopeful; Dot Dot Dot; Crooked.
Personnel: Joey Stuckey: guitar and drum programming; Tom Rule: keyboards and drum programming; Miguel Castro: drums & percussion (1,3,4,6,7,9& 10); Marcus Reddick: drums & percussion (2 & 8); Mark Williams: percussion (5); Monty Cole: aka - "Dr. Flute-a-licious"; flute (6); Pam Rule; vocals (1)