I can imagine on any given night walking into a jazz club in Los Angeles an hearing drummer David Lynch and his esteemed sidemen cranking it up and cutting deep into the fabric of raw fusion, acoustic jazz improvisation with a taste of groovology. “Jazz Lobster” is David’s 4th recording in a series of music dedicated to the preservation of composing and recording music that comes from the heart and mind of David Lynch and his cohorts.


The Players: Bob Sheppard ~ Saxophones, Dave Carpenter ~ Bass, Frank Gambale ~ Guitar, Bill Cunliffe ~ Keyboards, James Carter ~ Guitar and David Lynch ~ Drums. David Lynch Music, © 2005


The first track on “Jazz Lobster” is written by David Lynch is called “Untitled W/Horn”. This trio selection features talented bassist Dave Carpenter (you should know him from playing with Brandon Fields) and sax-man Bob Sheppard subsequently joined by Lynch the guys dive into gut drenching groove. There’s lots of energy with precise execution by the Trio taking full command of their instruments making this an engaging listening experience.


Next up bassist Dave Carpenter unveils his compositional stylings with  “Future Generations” featuring the trio from the previous selection. I dig how Bob Sheppard saxophonist bleeds into the core of the song garnering its structure collectively and mythically interweaving the threesome into oneness artistically.  


Carpenter once again lends his writing skills to this project with a track titled “Riff Raff” featuring the guitar wizardry of Frank Gambale.  On the edge, yet somewhat on the quirky side, Gamble’s guitar chops adds freshness, another dimension to “Riff Raff” and the project itself as a whole.


“Variations on a Latin Theme” is the 4th selection on Jazz Lobster. Guitarist James Carter and David Lynch collaborate as composers on this title. Carter’s guitar strokes are similar too Gamble’s maybe not quite as edgy but, just the right dose of substance to remind us that yes he can indeed play the guitar.     


Dave Carpenter’s presence here is up close and personal throughout “Jazz Lobster”, case in point he’s back with another selection with the finger popin’ “Cinammon”. So far in the project Lynch and crew have spoken the language of fusion however, it’s now time for Lynch and his contemporaries to dive into the jazzier side of music. David called pianist Bill Cunliffe to the session who just happens to be the perfect candidate for taking the lead role as a new chapter unfolds here on Jazz Lobster.


Carpenter, Cunliffe and Lynch team up as writing partners on “The Art of Improvising #1”. Pianists Cunliffe successfully lures you into the composition tastefully with his timbered tone bordered by a duo-layered landscape of improvisation with bassist Dave Carpenter. Drummer and featured artist David Lynch makes his entrance with a solo and now the trio begins to swing with finesse and absolute expertise.


Bassist Dave Carpenter opens with a solo voicing his point of view on the prolific “The Art of Improvising #2”, soon thereafter joined by pianist Bill Cunliffe. The duo patiently adventures with short improvisational solos that are cemented into the heartfelt expression of the composition. The momentum of Cunliffe’s affinity for playing material that is distinctively rich with texture for the piano solos as in “Song for Ruth” penned by Cunliffe wraps up this session of passionate music produced and co-written by David Lynch.


“Jazz Lobster” by David Lynch is a very unusual title but on the other hand identifies itself as adventurous by means of covering the elements of what jazz is from David Lynch’s perspective, which is a good thing. If you love fusion that’s fueled by jazz and driven by improvisation “Jazz Lobster” is a must for you. After all, David has called some of the best musicians that money can buy to record and complete this project in return giving drummer David Lynch something to be proud of now and in the future.




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