|Combs, Cory / Postcards From California|
|Album:||Postcards From California||Collection:||Jazz|
|Add Date:||2003-12-08||Pull Date:||2004-02-09||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||1 Feb||18 Jan||11 Jan||14 Dec|
|1.||Oct 21, 2005:||Memory Select |
|4.||Jan 09, 2004:||Memory Select |
Red River Valley
|2.||Jan 30, 2004:||Memory Select |
|5.||Dec 12, 2003:||Memory Select |
Tomorrow Is the Question!
|3.||Jan 16, 2004:||No Cover, No Minimum |
Tell Me Something Good
Solo electric bass, often overdubbed. Very melodic and pleasant, sometimes a bit too pleasant, with good helpings of blues, country and Brazilian music... but also some out-there wackyness (1, 6, 13).|
Looking at the package, you go in expecting New Age or that dreaded "rockin'" variety of smooth jazz (see 1, 14) ... but it's got some decent innovation and a good sense of humor, which counts.
Good slabs of blues and jazz/rock in here, but mostly it's mellow; Combs focuses more on song structure and melody than on showing off his chops. Lots of stretchy rubber-band sounds from the basses, and lots of guitar-like soloing.
See the band Living Daylights for a comparison; they're manic and funky but still very conventional in feel; Combs is like a gentle Sunday-morning version of their stuff. I liked this CD, but I suspect the stuff could sound pretty cheesy with a full band.
1- Mildly funky with drums. Cool freak-out solo
2- Slow country/blues loping
3- Mid/fast, pretty. Could be an Xmas tune
4*- Twisty and fast. Ornette composition
5- Mid/fast snippet
6*- Midtempo cowboy folkie, with some space-age touches. Funny.
7- Quiet solo
8- Breezy smooth-rock number
9- Kind of a kicking '30s jazz feel
10*- Swaying, drunk, and a bit folky
11- Complex and skippy, like prog rock
12- Mid/slow, gamely melodic
13*- Dark and dire, nearly industrial
14- Quasi-Santana Mexican blues
15- Midtempo, mildly bluesy
16*- Stevie Wonder cover, pleasant and slowly bouncy