Title: Heads & Tales
Label: Trippin’N’Rhythm Records
Location: Sydney, Australia
From the bright and breezy title track, Heads & Tales is an album loaded with the sorts of grooves that conjure up cruising along an ocean highway in a luxury sports car!
For comparison, although Gary is a standout player all on his own, track 3 Under the Influence gives a nod to David Sanborn’s style, although with the smooth jazz flute on Southern Exposure further stylings and playing parameters are exposed.
The single lifted from the album, Close To You is an excellent cover of the song Maxi Priest took to No.1 on the UK charts in 1990 and features Sydney’s Briana Cowlishaw & Troy Anthony Smith on vocals.
The very funky Don’t Push It really gets into the groove with slinky sax and a killer bass-line, while Chatswood Chase has a fun-filled urgency that lifts the spirits.
Gary handles the smoother tracks with equal aplomb and dexterity, a la Island Pearl, Leave Tomorrow Behind and Dreamweaver, the latter utilising flute and didgeridoo to fine effect.
Rock The Jazzbah – one of the best track titles I’ve heard in awhile, delivers a more programmed sound with some interesting guitar & sax riffs, then Cor Blimey returns to the live feel, complete with a funky growling sax and a groove as fat as a hamburger! Very tasty!
In conjunction with the outstanding writing and production skills of the UK’s
Oli Silk, there’s no need to flip a coin, Heads and Tales delivers the goods.
On a scale of 1 to 10… I give this set 9.5! Highly Recommended!
Gary Honor soprano/alto/tenor
Oli Silk piano/keys/programming/didgeridoo
Orefo Orakwue bass
Andrew Small drums
Mark Jaimes/Matt Park/Neil Youel guitar
Craig Mitten trumpet
Gary ‘Big G’ Stanionis percussion
Briana Cowlishaw and
Troy Anthony Smith vocals
Produced/Arranged by: Oli Silk
Mixed by: Oli Silk & Gary Honor