Fareed Haque: Out of Nowhere

February 11, 2014
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If the only track on this album was the guitarist’s interpretation of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” it would still be worth adding to your CD collection. Played at a relaxed tempo and lightly textured with what sounds like Internet glitching noises, the tune takes on a cool, “acidy” vibe that proves a perfect vehicle for Haque’s solo interludes with pianist Rob Clearfield, both of whom take inspired-sounding improvisational paths though the harmony of the tune’s modulating changes. Of the other seven songs presented here, Haque’s angular chord-melody work on “Lollipops and Roses,” his extended single-note forays on “Flood in Franklin Park”—reminiscent of CTI-era George Benson—his oblique phrasing on the title track, and the pure outside adventurism of “Inner Urge,” make it all great listening for hardcore jazz fans. Charleston Square.

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