Exposé print issues (1993-2011)
Hardline Project I — A Virtual Exhibition with Music
(Matavcom no#, 2000, CD)
by David Ashcraft, Published 2000-10-01
As the title implies this multi-media CD-ROM features accompanying artwork but since the review copy only contained the music we'll leave the art to our collective imaginations. The musicians here are Hungarian and form a core trio plus guests on guitar, sax, and vocals. Leader János Nagy played piano in a group entitled In Line that featured several prominent American jazz musicians such as Dave Samuels and Russ Freeman. The music here is groove-oriented jazz with some flowing Latin lines at times. The drums are very prominent with a big, fat backbeat that is more Steely Dan than Art Blakey. The overly sweet sax lines verge on the dreaded "smooth jazz" sound at times, and the final track is a blatantly commercial vocal piece that could garner some radio airplay. While the playing is solid, the compositions don't generate much excitement. Perhaps this is better experienced in conjunction with the artwork, but the music alone is fairly uninspiring.
Filed under: New releases, Issue 20, 2000 releases
Related artist(s): Hardline Project I
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