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Haskins, Victor / Showing Up
Album:Showing Up Collection:Jazz
Artist:Haskins, Victor Added:02/2019
Label:Self Release 

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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2019-02-19 
Jazz
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Review: On his second disc, Haskins has taken his message to yet another higher level. The band is comprised of himself acoustically and electro-enhanced, a bassist and percussionist—delivering ten highly intelligent, textured tracks. Each presents its own eclectic musical poetry. Haskins is genie-like here, granting listeners stimulating mind-colors and both emotional range and depth via his original compositions. This is music for introspection and involvement.
If You Like: Miles Davis, Weather Report, Pink Floyd, Rick Wright, Joe Zawinul, Tomita
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
*1/ Touch ( ) – electronic cricket noise starts> slow ethereal jam> slow fade
***2/ Grey ( ) – bass starts> slow jam> bass solo> synth solo> space jam> trumpet solo> midtempo jam> fade
3/ Reliving The Past ( ) – drum roll/trumpet starts> slow jam> electronically-enhanced trumpet solo, like Hendrix on trumpet> midtempo jam> slow fade
*4/ Swift ( ) – trumpet starts> slow jam swings to midtempo> trumpet solo swings to fast tempo> fast jam slows to uptempo> slows to fade
5/ Five In The Pocket ( ) – electronic wah-wah trumpet/synth starts> midtempo jam (might be all synth)> quick stop
6/ Morning ( ) – trumpet starts slow> slow jam> trumpet solo> slow & mellow jam> slow fade
**7/ Enemy At The Gate ( ) – organ-like synth starts> midtempo electronic jam> midtempo space jam increases in volume, complexity, & intensity> soars into outer space> crescendo end
*8/ Spite ( ) – bass starts slow & hesitating> slow jam with trumpet over hesitating rhythm section> interplay between trumpet, drums, & bass> wailing trumpet solo> mellows to midtempo hesitating jam> slow fade
9/ The Aura ( ) – trumpet starts slow> slow jam> trumpet solo> slow jam> slow fade
10/ Psithurism ( ) – synth starts> uptempo jam> synth solo (like Keith Emerson)> uptempo jam> crescendo & fade


Track Listing
1.Touch 6.Morning
2.Grey 7.Enemy At The Gate
3.Reliving The Past 8.Spite
4.Swift 9.The Aura
5.Five In The Pocket 10.Psithurism