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Dave Sereny – Talk to Me

Oct. 18, 2018

The long-awaited follow-up album to Toronto-based guitarist Dave Sereny’s Take This Ride is finally here and appears to definitely have been worth the wait. The album, titled Talk to Me, is a full-bodied, clean project loaded with generously-laced jazz riffs, melodies, and nuances.

A touring veteran of multiple jazz festivals (which probably explains the long period between his solo recording projects), Sereny has drawn the admiration of many of his most seasoned and well-respected peers, several of whom have joined him on this slick, poppin’ album.

Talk to Me clearly shows why the guitarist is so well regarded among his peers. Undoubtedly, his style and feel for the genre have captured for him a fair share of fans, as well. This album will only expand that fan base, in my opinion.

From his beautifully soulful/bluesy lead track “About Her,” featuring the buoyant, ever-popular saxman Warren Hill (a fellow Canadian) to the rhythmic island teaser “Caribbean Cruise” to the mid-tempo, R&Bish title track featuring Sereny’s own smooth vocals to the classy cover of Bob Marley’s “Jammin’” to the snappy, high-steppin’ “Flashback” to the laid-back, soul-caressing “R U Happy” (which places one in a rather reflective state as you absorb the encompassing slow groove of this one) to the get-down-and-boogie-it-out dancer “Spotlite” and seven more that are well-polished, including another cover – this one of Stevie Wonder’s “I’d Be A Fool Right Now” — this album has “it.”

Sereny does the genre great justice here, and it’s a real pleasure to hear quality that is the obvious result of massaging and nurturing each track to perfection. The result is a whole and satisfying package. Take this one for a ride. – Ronald Jackson