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Dean Grech – We Got Lost

Feb. 5, 2014

If you can’t stand boredom, this new release, We Got Lost, from vocalist/guitarist Dean Grech is just for you.  Loaded with soul, diversity, and charm, the CD trulyDean Grech CD beckons you.

The project features saxman Greg Vail and includes some really strong contemporary jazz/R&B with a couple of straight-ahead offerings and even a taste of Brazilian rhythm (“You Don’t Know Me Well”) to top it off.

The overall CD is solid in every area – lyrics, arrangements, sax, guitar, bass, and drum work.  It has texture and a way of gripping you in its satisfying appeal. I found myself riveted as I listened to how well-produced and arranged the album is, as Grech smoothly transitions from one track to the next.

From the opening notes of the lead track, the rousing “Shake It Around” to the mid-tempo title track (which, by the way, resembles the soulful styles and rhythms of many of our earlier icons like Earth, Wind, & Fire. David Paich, and Boz Scaggs) to the previously mentioned Brazilian feel of “You Don’t Know Me Well” to the Sade-like “I Don’t Think So” (check out the bass line and melody, and you’re there).  This one has some really deep lyrics, as well. The song directs our focus to the state of our planet (“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet; we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s future, and we are all mortal. Together, we shall save our planet or together we shall perish…”). Love it.

Then, there’s the straight-ahead vibe of “Feeling I Can’t Undo,” a touch of reggae on “Love Song,” and the big band feel of “Altercation,” just to add more variety to the mix.

A very well-done project indeed — one that should make most C-jazz fans proud to be associated with a genre that can make eclecticism as much a part of the C-jazz dialog as anything else.  Give this one your undivided attention. – Ronald Jackson