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JazzNotJazz (1996)
Hue And Cry

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Name:  Juergen Martens
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Comments:  Hue and Cry is the Kane brothers' keys/voice duo from Scotland that went quite big in the late 80's with sleek designer soul/pop, a bit in the Steely Dan groove. After some initial success with their debut their record company gave them carte blanche for the successor which found them spending big bucks for top notch studio pros in New York - Michael Brecker, Ron Carter, it had to be that league. Low and behold, the record didn't do all too well and the guys made a third one on a much smaller scale in Scotland before finally being dropped. End of part 1. In 1996, the now by the general pop public almost forgotten brothers gathered again to cut "JazzNotJazz" for the British record-label-gone-HiFi-company Linn. The idea behind it: when some of the guys from their heyday joined that year's Glasgow Jazz Fest, they'd simply ask them if they could spare an hour in the studio for a contribution. So here you'll find Danny Gottlieb on drums, Randy Brecker on trumpet or Mike Stern on guitar highlighting some of the cuts that otherwise display equally stunning musicianship by Scottish local jazz scene heroes as well as witty, intellectual lyrics, lots of Rhodes and Pat Kane's distinctive dark singing voice. Key track on this album (for me) is "Virus of Love", that features a truly blistering tenor excursion by Michael Brecker (yes, he was in too!) and a KILLER Rhodes solo by Brian Kellock.