David Lord: Forest Standards Vol. 2 (Big Ego, 2020)

December 28, 2020 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

David Lord: Forest Standards Vol. 2

Wichita guitarist David Lord connects with Chicago jazz/post-rock luminaries Jeff Parker and Chad Taylor on this charming set. The tracks are mostly pretty short, usually around 2 minutes, and they manage to seem both casual and highly focused. The musicians have a way of playing around with melodies so that they don’t quite stick, but it still feels like there’s a guiding structure to them, even though the playing all feels fluid and not headed towards a particular destination. Tracks like “Cloud Ear” and “Tubifera” are busy but not overstuffed, while others like “Epiphyte” and “Mossy Maze Polypore” are more relaxed yet not lazy. There’s a lot to take in if you concentrate on all the individual parts and how the musicians interact with each other, but it’s also easy to just sit back and enjoy it all.

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