Artist: Arthur Fowler
Album: Here I am Again
Genre(s): Jazz fusion, rock, alternative, and acid folk.
|1. Here I Am|
|2. Blues for Wesley|
|3. Tick Tock|
|4. Los Anos|
Here I Am:
Jazz, Blues and rock fuse and dance in merriment in this wondrous mixture of an opening track that flows with energy and good vibrations. With quavering organs and a metallic undertone forming the subtext, this song is a good introduction to the kind of guitar playing that sets Arthur Fowler apart. No inhibitions as far as tasteful restraints in guitar playing goes. This is a kick-ass intro.
Blues for Wesley:
A Blues song that morphs into jazz with wah-wahs and sassy guitar solos that keep interjecting and backing out throughout the song. The influence of Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery and Santana is clearly evident in this electric track that is intricately constructed and fizzes with energy throughout.
Tick Tock almost sounds like a funky glam rock addition to the songs in this album with its steady bassline and sultry jazz licks. The keyboards race to catch up with the almost exotic chanting voice that Fowler dons for this track.
The intro to this song reminds me one of early Robin Trower before it segues into latin-flavored jazz and then the organs and tremulous guitar solos takeover for an immersive experience. My second favourite track of the album.
The best song on this EP – The smooth Latin jazz melody flows and simmers with infectious rhythms that keep your foot tapping and humming for days. The album closes with a bang.
Picks of the album: Here I am, Los Anos, Disappearing