The Amos Garrett Jazz Trio’s album Jazzblues is very slow and the liveliest part of the album is the applause that follows each song.
By the second song, it still didn’t scream anything jazzy or bluesy; a talented, content old man picking a guitar on his front porch jumps to mind instead.
Track three, Blue Monk, finally picked up the pace, slightly. But the album remained quite dull and didn’t seem to offer much variety.
Track four was enjoyable right off the cuff because it was reminiscent of a whiny, longing Elvis instrumental. Then, to much surprise, words were heard for the first time on the album, and in that rich voice came the smooth jazz that hadn’t yet been achieved.
Then the album drops back off to the slow lull of before.
Bob Erlendon Medley: Forty One/Ronnie’s Gone, the sixth track of Jazzblues was a high point on the album because of its difference to the rest of the album. However, it’s still not a thriving piece. Plus, it slows right down and is about five minutes longer than needed.
Skylark, the last song, was the perfectly soulful and the epitome of everything the album should have been. Although, for some reason, during points in the song, it sounded like the woman was singing through water.
As the album winded along, it became slightly jazzbluesy, but not any more exciting. Many of the songs were also too long.
Jazzblues is full of slow, simpering songs perfect for a romantic dinner date with a little dancing under low lighting to follow.