Fareed Haque: Out of Nowhere

February 11, 2014

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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