Don Immel: Long Way Home
Long Way Home
Don Immel (trombone, keyboards)
Long Way Home (DTI 1001)
Don Immel (trombone, keyboards),
Marc Seales (piano, keyboards), Andrew Nelson (keyboards), Chris Spencer (guitars) Dave Captien (bass), Ben Thomas (percussion), Gary Hobbs (drums, percussion).
Composed by Don Immel.
Recorded: Seattle, no date given (CD released in 2008)
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
This title track to trombonist Immel's Long Way Home CD captures a dreamy film noir quality. Immel has a deep background in classical music and clearly knows the jazz vocabulary, but he might want to consider a career shift to scoring soundtracks. His music evokes potent visual imagery and possesses a persuasive narrative quality. I wish the rhythms here were a little more potent. This artist might be better served by a setting that was not quite so smooth-jazz-ish. But Immel's trombone playing is first rate, and is especially noteworthy for his warm, full tone and great phrasing. Don't be surprised to hear this track on the radio.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia