Jimmy Herring: Gray Day


Gray Day


Jimmy Herring (guitar)


Lifeboat (Abstract Logix ABLX 013)

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Jimmy Herring (guitar), Greg Osby (sax),

Kofi Burbridge (piano, flute), Oteil Burbridge (bass), Jeff Sipe (drums)


Composed by Jimmy Herring


Recorded: Atlanta, Woodstock and Norcross, GA, 2008


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Wow. This brooding melodramatic piece belongs in a soundtrack of really great movie. It oozes mystery. What is happening? Who is around the corner? What do I do next?

This is soundscape fusion. Old-time soap opera organ backs the track. But hearing is not believing. The orchestrated sounds, including the organ, are actually the product of the imaginative Herring and his guitar. Overdubbed, Herring plays atop the storyline (or the other way around). His notes are full of the unknown, yet drive the plot. Herring puts forth some dazzlingly beautiful runs as his bandmates follow the score. It is hard to describe just how affecting this music is. It gets right into your psyche. Some would argue that "Gray Day" is more of a mood piece than jazz or fusion. But it falls under the same category as some Mahavishnu, Return to Forever and Santana fusion orchestral pieces.

Reviewer's Conjecture: If Alfred Hitchcock had been born in 1940 he would use this music in his latest film. If Kim Novak had been born in 1975, she would be the star of this movie frantically walking the late afternoon streets of a gray London. If Christopher Walken had been born in 1943, he would be following her. If you were born after 1960 this conjecture probably means nothing to you. Google it.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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