Andy Summers: Charis
Andy Summers (guitar)
Charming Snakes (Private Music 2069-2-P)
Recorded: North Hollywood, CA, February 1990
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
As a fusion fan, I always get excited when a rocker or a straight-ahead jazzer puts out a fusion recording. Every fiber in my body wants the music to be great. I must admit, though, over the last 30 years, I have been disappointed about 90% of the time. In 1990, the Police's Andy Summers did everything right in Charming Snakes, surrounding himself with jazz-rock players of the highest caliber. Two decades later, I am still trying to make up my mind about some of the album's other material. Do I like it? Or do I like it a lot? But I am quite clear on "Charis," which finds Summers playing beautiful ringing jazz-tinged chords as Bill Evans (sax), ingratiating as always, glides and flutters evocatively all around them. Summers plays only chords. He takes no solos. In fact, he never takes a single-note run even when he doubles on the melody of this beautiful ballad. Yet this tune is proof positive that Summers has serious jazz chops at his disposal.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky