Reset your password Click the eye to show your password. Membership has its privileges. Learn more. All About Jazz musician pages are maintained by musicians, publicists and trusted members like you. Showcase Buy Now. Shop Amazon. One Lineup, Two Approaches. Human Dust Suite Miki Yamanaka. Maybe it's just not good for a party guy to be this polished. The eight songs on VooDoo Boogaloo feel like they've gone through a spiritual compressor as well an audio one, where everything is above-average without soaring heights or missteps.
It may all be executed well, but it's contrary to music where a cut-loose mentality should rule. There's little subtlety as Levy opens with a heavy beat and shimmering organ on "Organ Colossus, featuring enough lively bit parts to act as teasers of what may come.
But the brakes get hit on the subsequent minute title track, a Latin ballad featuring Levy on vibes. Levy, flautist Karl Denson and guitarist Melvin Sparks turn in some relatively straightforward moments of note, but if one has to go back and listen for them on an album like this it's like an overly intellectual joke where the punchline has to be explained - the sense of fun is lost. Maybe this is what makes "Spy On The Fly, a "take off on '60s' Quincy Jones cop show soundtracks, complete with sirens, string synthesizers and smokin' Sax one of the album's more enjoyable tracks.
Gimmick songs can be tacky without a second act, but Levy's simple lines impart a sense of fun and the hook has character. A new version of "Spank! The good news is Levy sends everyone home with some of the ensemble's better work on the previously mentioned "Memphis Mem'ries. The funk proceeds at a moderate pace, but Portnoy's harmonica, Denson's sax and Levy's keys are full of a down-and-dirty quality without overreaching into far-flung complexity.
There's no need to worry yet Levy is losing his touch or getting complacent after several decades of performing, but by setting a high standard on his best albums music that might pass as quality work by other hands feels less accomplished in his. Newcomers can buy VooDoo Boogaloo and understand why Levy is so acclaimed and diehard fans will doubtless find support for their arguments of his ingenuity. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.
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