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Wax Is Melting

by Paul Carmichael

Jazz bassist Paul Carmichael's musical CV goes back to 1980.. A mainstay of the London jazz scene, This CD is a varied set of original tunes featuring blistering solos from some of Londons best players. and vocal feature from Vanessa Haynes.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Destination
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2. Contemplation
4:53 $0.99
3. Sea Below
7:48 $0.99
4. Wax Is Melting
4:34 $0.99
5. Break Point
6:20 $0.99
6. Wake Up (Spring Is Here)
6:44 $0.99
7. Go Go
5:12 $0.99
8. Liberation Salsa
4:51 $0.99
9. Jazz in the Desert
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Album Notes
Proceedings open with a blistering jazz-funk workout, 'The Destination'. It's big and brassy with a
tremendous alto solo from Nigel Hitchcock. Underpinning it all is the rock steady bass of Carmichael. The mood changes dramatically as the next three tracks offer a suite based on the Icarus legend. The piano-led 'Contemplation' – which opens
the suite – is particularly strong... the title saying it all. Different again is the Latin romp of 'Liberatation Salsa'. Hugely percussive, it's another brass heavy piece held together by the steadiest of bass lines. Carmichael's bass is more loping on the almost hubby 'Jazz In The Desert'. It's a real pot pourri of sounds and features eerie choral vocals from Graciela Rodriguez.
The album also boasts a couple of "proper" vocals and on both 'Wake Up Spring Is Here' and 'Go Go' label mate, Vanessa Haynes is on tremendous form. The former , which reminds me a little of the best of Carmen Lundy, has a lovely summery feel to it while the latter is a driving soul dancer that includes a French language rap from Svenz which takes it into Guru/MC Solaar territory.
Maybe you can see now what I meant by "varied" at the top. That said, though, 'Wax Is Melting' doesn't sound like a disparate set. It's given a unity by Carmichael's strong leadership throughout. His bass lines are clear and strong but they don't dominate. He leaves plenty of space for his fellow players to shine – notably the aforementioned Hitchcock and piano man Rick Laughlin.



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