Amos Lee

What’s happening with Blue Note?

It’s always been a safe bet to buy any release from them recorded in the fifties or sixties, most of the seventies and selected eighties albums. The legendary jazz label still has cool jazzsters like Medeski, Martin and Wood and Charlie Hunter but waters itself down with people like this. Now, I LOVE the idea of a label you can trust because it leads you to explore new things just because you follow their guiding hand and Blue Note have lost that touch.

The album is Amos’ second and rolls by pleasantly with a lovely organic solidity but fails to distinguish itself in material or performance, no feel of real emotion (other than relaxed smoothness) penetrates the plastic CD grooves. There are some nice variations in song and my favourite would be the olde time dance shuffle of Sweet Pea. Other songs ride an easy path with a deep, late night sound of bass and autoharp, however nothing compels me to play it again and, in a world with diminishing resources for making plastics for CDs, that’s a drag on resources……

Ross McGibbon