Jack Jezzro & David Lyndon Huff
Green Hill Music
You've probably heard these guys play without realizing it; Huff, known in the music biz as a wizard of drum and synth programming, has appeared on albums by Jody Watley, Megadeath, Faith Hill, and Amy Grant, to name a few -apparently he's at home in just about any style imaginable. Jezzro has lent his guitar playing to Amy Grant as well, and has appeared with Loretta Lynn,Kenny Rogers, and Reba McEntire, plus has sold 7 million albums under his own name.
Left to their own devices, they've created a whole different baby; Worldbeat Brazil is basically ambient background music that gives Huff a chance to melt together various world music influences his trademark atmospheric synth and percussion grooves. After he laid down his backup tracks, Jezzro came in,took a listen, and topped it off with some latin-influenced guitar leads. So it wasn't so much a collaboration as a follow up, and you can tell.
Does it work? Not sure. Huff does great work here, providing some captivating rhythmic grooves, strong heavy beats, and lush backdrops for the guitar. But mostly it doesn't sound latin in the slightest, and at times the two of them together sound like they're not quite in the same world.
Besides that, I'm not as big a fan of the Latin sound as some... if you like that style, it will probably hit your ear a bit differently than it does mine. Nonetheless, Jezzro does a fine job, and it sort of grows on you, but I wonder if Huff had layed his own ideas over his wonderful "beginnings" if we might have something better in its place. To me a lot of the guitar work just isn't "deep" enough for what's underneath it.
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