Thursday, April 24, 2008
REVIEW: Plunky & Oneness - Cold Heat
Plunky & Oneness – Cold Heat
2006 N.A.M.E. Brand Records
J. Plunky Branch is a veteran musician in the Afro-Jazz category with 20 prior albums under his belt. His twenty-first, Cold Heat, is a testament to his consistency and talent as a saxophone player. There is a definite groove here, and you’ll find yourself moving to the music for the entire sixty-plus minutes. Plunky is a world-class saxophonist, and his sax performances are flawless.
The material itself is a little too recycled and over-produced for my taste, but is intended for a dance club where such distinctions do not really matter. On Cold Heat, you will find much that is familiar, even if you can’t place where you heard it before. You’ll hear hot saxophone and cool beats. Originality will not be high on your list of discoveries of here, but it is an overall pleasant music experience.
Check out Drop and What It Is Is What It Is, my personal favorites.
Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Plunky and Oneness at www.plunkyone.com. You can buy a copy of Cold Heat at CDBaby.