Potted Review: Four-Color Heroes!
If you like your jazz smoking hot and Scotch On The Rocks cool all the same time then you're gonna dig this puppy. I unwrapped it and put it on the CD player in the car and found myself just sitting there, long after I'd stopped, just soaking it all in and wondering just where Dean and Frank might be. It's smooth, it's freeform and it's everything that I've always loved in jazz music - sweet vibes, cool horns, subtle guitar, understated drums and driving bass lines - my only gripe is that, at 60 minutes long, it's just to short. I could have sat back and listened to this for hours on end, thankfully I have a CD player that just repeats the discs once they're finished and it'll be going straight onto the IPod. The music brings back an era for me - a feel for shiny chrome airplanes, leather seats, anodised cups and much more.
The music is all comic book inspired, with titles name-dropping such greats as Joe Kubert, Steve Ditko, Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Steve Gerber (to whom the disc is dedicated to - nice touch) and the daddy's of them all - Joe and Jerry (if you need last names to those two then you need your heads read). "I didn’t set out to write a bunch of music about comic books," says Boscardin, "but while the music for this band was being written I was reacquainting myself with some of my favorite comics and they just kind of seeped in there. I didn’t even know it was happening until it was brought to my attention that much of my recent writing sounded 'heroic' and 'positive.' Before I knew it, I had a suite of songs about some of my comic book heroes." To me the best jazz is unplanned and just falls from the fingers onto the disc. The best accidents are the happy ones. This is some damn fine jazz.
You can buy one of these fine discs here and also here. Andrew, count me in as a fan of your music and I'm damned happy to recommend this disc - you need to buy it and soak it in to really appreciate and enjoy it. Thanks for sending it over and allowing me to forget the world for an hour or so today. I needed that.