New Foundation, Goin’ Places

For contemporary jazz enthusiasts, the name Curtis Hammon may ring a bell; that would be because he is an alumnus of internationally beloved smooth jazz group Pieces of a Dream.

His partner on this new project is none other than Pieces bassist Bennie Sims who joined that band in 1992. From their press kit: “From the first note it was kismet….Both musicians recognized that there was something special happening that deserved expanded avenues of exploration”.

Three years later, New Foundation is the end result of that exploration and Goin’ Places is a fine contemporary jazz release with an aggressive funk persuasion (“Chocolate”, “It Just Don’t Stop” and “Max Anna Split”) and soulful, romantic jams (“Patricia” and “Sincere”).

My major complaint about Goin’ Places is how ordinary it feels, don’t get me wrong these guys still know to create deep emotions with catchy melodies but overall New Foundation really doesn’t offer up anything new to the contemporary jazz scene. (Cornerboy Jazz/Boom Camp Records)

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

New Foundation – Official Site

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Posted on August 6, 2011, in Album Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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