Love for a thing can make a tremendous difference in a musician’s approach to how music is played. When the scenic beauty of one’s home land is the inspiration, the passion that follows likely will be of the highest order. So it is with Kevin Stout and Brian Booth’s Color Country (Jazzed5 Records, 2015).

The two hail from Utah. One section in the southern part of the state has five national parks. Each of the 13 tracks represents part of that landscape.

Booth plays saxophones and flutes. Stout plays trombone, guitar and percussion. Accompanying them are Joey Singer, piano; Tom Warrington, bass; John Abraham, drums; and JoBelle Yonely, vocals.

“Aquarius Plateau” has a flare of bossa nova, influenced largely by the percussion. Trombone and saxophone blend on the lead, with a bit of a throaty growl from the former. One can easily imagine samba dancing to this song. The music shifts to something indicating solitude during Singer’s tranquil solo. Even then, the sense of celebration continues. The song is named for part of the Grand Staircase National Monument, an elevated land form that includes Bryce Canyon National Park.

The title song features the wordless vocal chant of Yonely. It has a strong, Brazilian vibe. The term “color country” refers to the different colors that can be added to the group. As Stout explains, it’s basically a quintet but some over-dubbing was done to create vocal harmony and allow Stout to get some of his percussion in there. He also gets some guitar and trombone action in as well.

“Hoodoo Voodoo” might sound like something out of New Orleans. But it’s more of a Latin piece, similar to Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue.” It has a dark, brooding mood in the opening. Once things warm up, and transforms into a soundtrack that might accompany a walking excursion in the area these songs are named for, especially if it were in an adventure movie. It then evolves into a swinging jazz piece, with the tenor sax leading the way. Stout explains hoodoo is a term referred to towers of sandstone that forms sort of a natural amphitheater in Bryce Canyon.

Color Country is the fourth recording of Stout and Booth.