Elements: Surf Blues and Greens
Surf Blues and Greens
Blown Away (BlueMoon A2 79177)
Clifford Carter (keyboards), Joe Caro (guitar).
Composed by Mark Egan.
Recorded: New York, July 1985
Rating: 83/100 (learn more)
Blown Away was not one of the better efforts from the normally stellar Elements. It seemed less inspired. Perhaps this was due to the fact that it was a concept album of sorts. All of the tune titles had a nautical theme. To be more specific, they referred to activities near the shore. Maybe this thematic approach limited the usually imaginative creativity of Mark Egan, who wrote most of the music. He just couldn't get his mind off the beach. Or maybe he was on vacation at beach when he wrote the music. Maybe he was having some of those drinks with the long straw in them. I just don't know.
"Surf Blues and Greens" is the most worthwhile cut. It is a laid-back groove that features a very engaging melody. Egan is always impressive. His flowing bassline captures the spirit of his oceanic composition hook, line and sinker. But the main man is Bill Evans (sax), who sets the tone with a luscious invocation as Danny Gottlieb's casual backbeat pushes the tune along. Guitarist Caro takes a short smooth-edged turn in keeping with the tidal vibe. I can quite easily envision myself on a Brazilian beach, working on a coconut drink of some sort while listening.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky
Tags: 1980s jazz