Friend - It's Not What You Think
is coming from the rock business. The title is a warning to his
friends, who might have expected a rock album. As you can see on the
front cover of his album he is a drummer, but he also plays keyboards
and guitar. He has written, recorded and produced this album. In
conclusion a self-made album, but a good one.
Jeff's new album "It's Not
What You Think" (2003) starts in the middle of modern life, just
in a city traffic. Too Many Cars is
Jeff's musical sigh. The horns of cars are disturbing his nerves and
Jeff can mediate this feeling.
Kinda Like Bob
is dedicated to Jeff's favorite jazz musician Bob James. One of those
musicians all smooth jazz fans know. Jeff tried to capture the spirit of Bob James' music of
the seventies/early eighties. I especially like
the organ part.
My first impression of Biahya
was: "Sounds like Pat Matheny". I am deep impressed
by Jeff's professionalism and versatility. He plays all instruments on
this track. Keyboards, drums, percussion, guitar and all perfectly
arranged. "Somehow it stuck", is Jeff's comment and I can
is Jeff's trial to interpret Sade's music with a sensitive artistic
understanding. Matt Warner (sax) and Bruce Clingan (trumpet) are
adding some brass to this groove song.
And The Rain
Falls is featuring Matt Warner again. I was wondering when the
drummer Jeff would start his first solo. Here it is.
The CopyCat is
the music on smooth jazz radio we are used to listen to. Sammy Peralta's
"Kiln" was Jeff's reference for this song. By the way the
name isn't used because this is a copy of a song. Jeff's comment:
song was written after I attended a seminar on graphic design. The
speaker (Jason Moore who did the graphic design for the CD), was
talking about how in art school, whenever he turned in a project, he
always had to include a reference. A photo, a piece of art, or
something that he used to get the idea for his project. It started me
thinking about how in advertising, most of what you see are copycat
The title song It's
Not What You Think is a fine fusion of smooth jazz and some
rock elements. Jeff's guitar is rocking. "This song just wanted
to rock", is Jeff's explanation. Sax, trumpet and Jeff's vocals
are giving this song the necessary "jazz feeling".
Jeff's album is a fine smooth jazz
project. Unfortunately it is with a time of play of 26:51 minutes