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Ron Hutchens – Date With Destin

July 3, 2019

This EP, Date With Destin, by pianist/keyboardist (and, really, multi-instrumentalist) Ron Hutchens, is a beautifully melodic collage of c-jazz in its more tranquil, laid-back mood (for the most part). With only guitar help on select tracks, Hutchens pulls together yet another tasteful example of class and musicianship.

With four of the seven tracks (“Tranquility Bay,” Okaloosa Moon,” “Dolphin Run,” and “Been Too Long”) being tailor-made for that relaxing evening at the beach, allowing one’s mind to experience the romance, waves, and just-rising moon whispering as a perfect backdrop, they escort you to a place of bliss and good vibes. Very much the stuff caresses are made of.

The other three tracks (lead track “Sixty Five South,” “Sunset Cruise,” and “Riding the Wave”) are meant to get the dance in you revved up. The last track, “Riding the Wave,” tends to hearken back to the Barry White’s Love Unlimited orchestral smooth-n-easy dance days.

A decidedly smooth mix of moods, Date With Destin does what I’m sure it was intended to do – stimulate your musical senses in one way or the other. Take your time with this one, absorb its sensitivity, and find your space somewhere in all of it. You should find it all satisfying and wonderfully rich. – Ronald Jackson