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Sternberg, Quinn: Mind Beach

Bassist Quinn Sternberg leads a quartet based out of New Orleans. He released his first album Weird World in 2016 and on is new album tiled Mind Beach Quinn is joined by Sam Taylor (alto saxophone), Chris Alford (guitar) and Brad Webb (drums). The disc contains seven tracks, all original except for a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair”.

The first track “Homesick” has an easy flowing guitar and sax, propelled by Webb’s snare, leading into a superb sax solo. An acoustic bass solo follows suit, very smooth with great tone. The guitar work is also impressive with its subtle chord phrasings. Textured guitar chords and melodic sax highlight “Greener Pastures” showcasing more bass and sax solo spots. This band certainly has the chops along with some fine melodic moments. The title track has a chilled out vibe with the lyrical guitar and creative sax stylings standing out, especially when trading solos. Towards the end Webb’s tricky drum work is very impressive. The aforementioned “Scarborough Fair” opens with a solo bass figure followed by mournful saxophone carrying that familiar melody. I love how the guitar and sax intermingle, just a tremendous reworking of a ‘60s classic. The breezy “Remnants” is probably the most uplifting track, very nice indeed.

Sternberg and his band have put out an outstanding jazz album with Mind Beach. I will be digging this one for a long time to come.

Track Listing:
1. Homesick (5:08)
2. Greener Pastures (5:26)
3. Mind Beach (7:07)
4. Scarborough Fair (5:21)
5. Remnants (4:48)
6. Snooze (3:28)
7. The Complacency Device (4:08)

Added: February 11th 2020
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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