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Scott Allman — Elevated

Mar. 1, 2018

Keyboardist Scott Allman is back with a very tasteful collection of contemporary jazz, new age, and fusion to tantalize your senses. The new album, Elevated, wears many hats, all very telling and appealing in many ways.

Featuring here on select tracks saxmen Darren Rahn and Jeff Kashiwa, guitarist Allen Hinds, and bassist Mel Brown, Allman puts together a very palatable project that can be easily visualized with one’s mind’s eye as he takes us on a few travels with this diverse music, the paths parting at points and ultimately meeting up again where it all comes together to paint a picture of a simply colorful, complete collage of music.

There are quite a few stand-outs for me, including the high-stepping title track and its wonderful horn arrangement. Other quality tracks include the sweet and soulful “Long For You,” the snappy and funky “Sky Lounge” (one of my faves), the full-steam-ahead “Cloud Nine” (nope, not that “Cloud Nine”) which packs a pretty decent wallop, “High Rise,” a fusion piece that gallops along at an even more energetic pace, and the hard-hitting finale, “Prodigal,” another fusion-laced, tune with a rock edge featuring Hinds’ very expressive guitar.

Allman has always struck me as an artist with vision and a taste for eclecticism. It all clearly continues to be on display here on Elevated. He puts creativity, boldness, and universal expression to full use here. If you’re seeking something a bit off the beaten path, Elevated is calling you. Pick up. — Ronald Jackson