Saturday, January 21, 2012

CD Review – The Tree and Other Stories, by David Hoffman

Multi-instrumentalist David Hoffman has pieced together a musical pastiche that masterfully blends jazz, folk, new age, and ambiance, resulting in a hypnotically mesmerizing listening experience.

The former Ray Charles band member lays down ethereal textures and funky grooves with synthesizers, over which he plays tantalizing but tastefully minimalist jazz-fusion trumpet solos. Hoffman also spices up this already delicious mix by adding in piano and flugelhorn, as well as voice, sampled programming including bass, percussion, and harmonica, and the sounds of nature.

Further support is provided by Hoffman’s trusty collaborator Paul Adams, an accomplished and versatile solo artist in his own right who lends his indisputable skills on hulusi and Native American flutes.

All of these elements coalesce into a subtle yet sonically rich musical mosaic that does indeed tell several captivating stories.

--Raj Manoharan

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