Mindwalk, *wôn! (41:25); CD 95101, 1995 Platinum (23:10); CD-R five-song demo, 1999? CJ Records 9753 SW 52nd Lane Gainesville, FL 32608-4149 Phone: 352-335-6720 Every member of this Florida-based outfit is a fine, accomplished musician. It's a shame that together they've chosen to create such middle-of-the-road music. Richy Stano dominates both these discs, writing or co-writing all the material and playing LA-style pop/metal/fusion guitar, both electric and acoustic. He's at his most impressive on the full-throttle "Bombermania." But most of the time he's drowning in synthesizer soup. Bassist Ali Che'ree is solid on "Kings for Carly" and solos with particular aplomb on "That Puppy Can Hunt." Mindwalk is clearly gunning for "smooth jazz" radio play. To that end, they favor light funk and R&B grooves. Even when injecting the tunes with a dose of guitar grit, they never quite escape the fluff dimension. Samba rhythms on "Beyond Mere Pain" and "I Got Cho' Eleanor Rigby" shake things up temporarily, but overall the music comes across as calculated and soulless. And by the standards of most slick, polished "smooth jazz," the recording quality isn't even that good. ~David R. Adler, 2/9/00 *wôn! Tracks: 1. Fantasies 2. Beatles Gone Mad 3. That's What I Want 4. No Harm, No Foul 5. Bombermania 6. Jack's Guitar 7. Beyond Mere Pain 8. Metallic Love Personnel: Richy Stano, guitars; Jerry Edwards, trombone, EVI solos; Ali Che'ree, bass; Richard Hilton, keyboards; Joshua Greenbaum, drums; David Smadbeck, piano solo on track 3. PlatinumCD-R EP demo Tracks: 1. Platinum 2. Kings for Carly 3. That Puppy Can Hunt 4. I Got Cho' Eleanor Rigby 5. Joe. Personnel: info unavailable, assumed essentially same as above
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