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Douvan, Thom: All Over Again
It seems these last few months have brought many guitar-centric discs to my attention with the latest being All Over Again, the third album from American jazz musician Thom Douvan. However, to call this solely a guitar album wouldn’t be fair as he has surrounded himself with some fine players adding an impressive list of instruments to Douvan’s colourful guitar work.
The music spans a wide variety of styles from easy listening jazz like “Ethersphere” and “Deju Vu All Over Again”, with its tasty acoustic guitar to romantic ballads rekindling the days of yore, including the passionate “When Things Fall Apart” and “Then I Met You”, featuring the dusty vocals of Lynne Fiddmont. It just might be the ’30s and ’40s all over again. In “Wes Coasting” Douvan’s lyrical guitar solo is front and center amidst the band’s swinging groove and in the album ending “Believe In You (Reprise)”, Jimmy Earl takes his funky bass playing to the next level with a fantastic solo. All in all, All Over Again is a highly listenable jazz album with excellent musicianship and great melodies. Some might be put off by the smooth jazz tag but make no mistake, Douvan is a fabulous player and he offers plenty of solos to prove it. Released on Redwood Records.
Added: April 28th 2015
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist’s Official Site