Archive for January 30th, 2019

Harve Mann – Instrumentally Yours

People have suggested for years that Harve Mann do an all instrumental album. Here at last is Instrumentally Yours. Starting with That Old Hifi, featuring Jeff Ganz on bass and the late Daoud Shaw on drums, Harve’s lead guitar and keyboards sparkle on this smooth jazz cut. It is followed by a super One-Mann Jam called Higher Reality. Jeff “The Chef” Sidler played all the saxes on Find The Beauty a reimagining of Harve’s classic song. Next is a twin guitars in harmony version of The Comeback.

The rest of the collection mixes melodic compositions like A Whole Different Thing from the George Van Noy film Dangerous Ideas to avantguarde pieces like Plumber In Love and Boston Beagle. Throughout Harve’s playing on keyboards, bass and guitar is stellar and soulful. Not to disappoint the many fans of Harve’s versatile singing, three bonus vocal cuts are included. The closing song I Just Love To Entertain from 1982 finds Harve portraying his “Lounge Singer Character” from The David Letterman Show. As a longtime fan of Harve, I believe Instrumentally Yours is up there with his very best.

Sean Clover December 2018

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