Sunday, August 5, 2018
Album Review: The Myers Swingset- The Instrumental One
Ahmad Jamal’s 1968 album Tranquility is loaded with nebulous soul-jazz grooves. The Myers Swingset’s congruent The Instrumental One could be have been titled Wooziness. The subdued set recorded at Green Lady Lounge resembles the soundtrack of an alcohol-abetted dream about an unhinged evening of bar-hopping at area jazz clubs. The playing of Jackie Myers, the keyboardist who leads the hazy session that features guitarist Danny Embrey, bassist Eddie Criswell and drummer Daniel Hogans, often sounds as if Jamal had been consigned to a permanent residency in an opium den. The Instrumental One isn’t the year’s best Kansas City jazz album, but it’s likely to be the strangest.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)