Joe Blessett's Changing Everything is an interesting experience for the listener. A combination of classic jazz blended with soul and R&B make for an audio adventure that should definitely be taken. The title track opens the 19 song collection. It is an impactful and atmospheric piece that operates on a experimental element. One could say that it sounds like a mixture of a Weather Report and Return to Forever recording, while maintaining its modernistic edge. The somber, "Sometimes Life Just Hurts," echoes with a melancholic refrain of percussion instruments soaring amidst a piano harmony.
The pleasantry of "Giving It," finds Blessett mirroring that of Miles Davis. It is a heavy concoction of the jazz of yesteryear propelled against fusion vibes. This is one of those songs that has to be taken in slowly because of its depth and magnitude. "Hidden Edges," finds Blessett exploring the fusion route even more so - taking it up a notch with a kind of scifi funk movement alongside an upbeat trumpet.
"Anna's Place," takes the listener to a complex and intricate mileu as it rides the wave of electronic chill that is similar to that of Jazzanova and Morcheeba. "I Love You," the second to last offering from Blessett is perhaps the favorite on the album. It is a smooth jazz cocktail that is the epitome of cool - period, while the finale "Jazz R.I.P.," feels like revamped lounge music that works perfectly among a set of songs that are cohesively put together and well executed in presentation.
With a soulful and blues influence, Joe Blessett imbibes the old soul sophistication of Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny and Miles Davis, while evolving his technique to be a trailblazer all on his own. Changing Everything is an unfolding musical story that is darn good.
Final Grade: A
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