Gordon Sheard, 2007, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O’s Notes: There is a prevalent head-bobbing groove that permeates each of these eleven compositions. Keyboardist Sheard is the producer, arranger and composer for all of them. He gets help from some strong musicians including John Johnson (sax), Rich Brown (b) and Mark Keiso (d). They go reggae on “Bugs”, get funky on “Our Old School”, give us a taste of tango on “Lothario”, cool contemporary on “Manala”, fusion on “Back To The Garden”. They touch a lot on our Jazz Rulerª and execute well. This is a fine effort that defies singular categorization other than being very good enjoyable jazz.