Paul Bollenback – Double Vision (2000)
SACD ISO Stereo: 2,13 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 992 MB | Full Artwork
Label/Cat#: Challenge Records # SACHR75030 | Country/Year: Netherlands 2000 | 3% Recovery Info
Genre: Jazz | Style: Guitar Jazz
Spurred on by the internationally acclaimed Joey DeFrancesco on Hammond organ & Jeff Tain Watts on drums, Bollenback shines on this outing with dazzling fretboard facility, a hard-driving sense of swing & exquisite phrasing on contemporary fare by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hootie & The Blowfish, & a few popular chesnuts by Earth, Wind & Fire & Stevie Wonder. The results are scintillating, soulful, & swinging. The disc contains high points from his Original Visions album of 1995, & from Double Gemini, the CD recorded 2 years later & likewise produced by Hein Van de Geyn.
There are 2 combinations, quartet & trio, both with Joey DeFranceso as the organ virtuoso. Striking original compositions, plus pieces from soul & pop repertoire.
Another U.S. jazz group that had to go to a European jazz label to get released on disc. Hadn’t heard of Bollenback, but organist Joey DeFrancesco is a top name in U.S. jazz today. A studio in Maryland was used & the original analog tapes were mixed & mastered to DSD in Amsterdam. Bollenback plays in a strongly swinging single string electric style which mates perfectly with the electric sound of DeFrancesco’s B3. Four of the 9 tracks are his own, & the shift to more pop songs rather than all jazz standards is shown by his opening treatment of Stevie Wonder’s I Am Singing, as well as his closer: a tune from Hootie & the Blowfish. The lyrical version of Strayhorn’s Lush Life is also an album highlight. Bollenback’s guitar is recorded up quite close & the B3 bass end has as strong impact. By the way, if you don’t own an SACD player as yet, the CD layer of this hybrid disc provides really superior sonics on its own.
1. I Am Singing
2. Open Hand
4. Breaking The Girl
5. Reflections Of You
6. Lush Life
7. After The Love Has Gone
8. Thank You Mr. Hancock
9. Let Her Cry
Terri Lyne Carrington,
Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts.