Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fareed Haque Out Of Nowhere Charleston Square 2013

Stupid good!
Brent Black /

The aptly titled Out Of No Where marks the return of Fareed Haque to the more traditional foundation of modern jazz guitar. Out Of Nowhere is a tale of two ensembles. The first ensemble includes the incredible talents of Billy Hart on drums and George Mraz on bass. Doug Weiss turns in a solid bass performance on "Tex Mex Jungle" while Hart and Mraz are featured on "Inner Urge" as well as "Out Of Nowhere" and "Lollipops and Roses." The second and equally adept ensemble consists of Rob Clearfield on piano with Corey Healey on drums, John Tate on bass and Salar Nader handling duties on tabla and percussion.

Rich ambient layers of fluid texture wash over the listener. As comfortable as a warm blanket on an autumn day or that favorite sweater in the dead of winter, Haque weaves a lyrical tapestry few guitarists can touch. Standards such as "Giant Steps" are imaginatively reinvented while originals such as "Waiting For Red" embrace the past while making an intimate statement of harmonic voicing seldom heard in modern jazz guitar. A former editor often cautioned me about artistic comparisons and while they can be inherently unfair to the artist and potentially confusing to some listeners, Haque embraces his influences as a personal hybrid of Pat Martino and John McLaughlin. Instead of making a career doing a riff, Haque makes these influences his own and pulls from a special harmonic base that is uniquely different from each of these giants.

Delightful reharms of Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge" and the Duke Ellington standard "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" simply seal the deal for one the best guitar releases not to mention over all recordings for 2013. A stunning release of simplicity and complexity. An intimate journey into the musical world of the artist voted "Best World Guitarist" by Guitar Player Magazine.

Tracks: Waiting For Red; Tex Mex Jungle; Flood In Franklin Park; I Got It Bad; Giant Steps; Inner Urge; Out Of Nowhere; Lollipops And Roses.

Special Thanks To Michael Bloom of Michael Bloom Media Relations.