Don Immel: Long Way Home


Long Way Home


Don Immel (trombone, keyboards)


Long Way Home (DTI 1001)

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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


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