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Monday, May 9, 2022

BEL Records artist: Brent Laidler - Wouldn't Be Here Without You - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Wouldn't Be Here Without You, from Bret Laidler and it's a cool eclectic mix of tunes with different yet interesting approaches. Opening with Keeping It Simple, a bossa soaked track, Brent Laidler on guitar is joined by Mark Buselli on trumpet, Ned Boyd on sax and flute, Jaime Newman on organ, Scott Pazera on bass and Richard Floyd on drums. Sunday Mood is a really cool boogie with a walking bass line and outstanding solos by Boyd on sax and Buselli on trumpet as well as a cool swinging guitar solo by Laidler. Very nice. Another Latin flavored track, City By The Bay, gives Boyd a nice opportunity to play a lush flute solo, followed by a lush organ solo by Newman and a nicely styled trumpet solo by Buselli before turning the mic over to Laidler who's warm, clear guitar tone and fluid runs ties back to the melody. Very cool. Laidler has the melody on Wouldn't Be Here Without You with Buselli on trumpet setting solid highlights before the Laidler doubles down on guitar with an excellent up tempo solo joined by nice work by Newman on organ and an excellent bass solo by Scott Pazera on bass and excellent Spanish style drum and percussion by Floyd. Wrapping the release is Pretty Little Bossa with it's compact rhythm pattern and giving Newman plenty of highway for exploration, leading to nice, relaxed contributions by Buselli and wrap up by Laidler and Boyd. This is a really solid release with strong tracks and and instrumentation. 

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