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The Dara Quinn Project — This Way That Way

Feb. 12, 2011

This Way That Way is a directionally, all-encompassing, high energy endeavor by The Dara Quinn Project.  This is a simple, uncomplicated four-piece band of funky musicians comprised of keys (Dara Quinn), sax (Andy Evens), bass (Justin Chapman), and drums (Luther Hughes).

Coming out of Seattle,  keyboardist Quinn, after 10 years of touring the West Coast, decided to try her chops on the national scene with this snappy release of mostly funky acid jazz (though it boasts some world influences). The material works. With tracks like “Don’t Care” and “Shoulda Known Better” and “Alaskan Angel,” she and her competent band put on a display of quality that’s both gritty and polished.

An intense player indeed, Quinn is matched by the intensity of a bassist and a saxman who have a lot to say as well, not to mention a drummer who lays it down with attitude.
 
Some of the tracks offered by the band are somewhat, and I stress somewhat, reminiscent of the UK sensation Down to the Bone collectively and Paul “Shilts” Weimar individually in delivery and style.
  
One of the tracks that I immediately adopted as my fav was the rather laid back, somewhat hauntingly mysterious and melodic “Cry.” This is probably the one track that struts the world influence openly. Great phrasing here, I think.
  
The group is a bit too conservative with the number of tracks it’s offering here (6), but they are pretty tasty cuts, including the rousing finale, the high-stepping, cut-loose title track.

In a nutshell, The Dara Quinn Project does itself decent justice with this piece of work.  Quite deserving of a good listen…a number of times. -  Ronald Jackson