Dave Devine's "Relay" 12.18.12
Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge
Words & Photos By J-man
There are Jazz clubs and there are "Jazz clubs." Dazzle is a Jazz club unlike any in its market. Candlelit tables extend across the dimly lit room and depending on the evening, one might catch a packed house. Regardless of the turnout, the music is always top notch. On this particular evening, a Tuesday in fact, I found myself in the back booth of the illuminated "main room" with the waitstaff buzzing back and forth. The present patrons grinned widely and laughed loudly during what could best be described as the "social hour" leading up to the show.
A rock vibe took over as demanded by Dave Devine's guitar. Heavy, menacing effects crept in with transitions contrasting the highs and lows of the compositions. Paul McDaniel dropped heavy bass lines from a seated position. Brief mention of the material from the album "Relay," as well as the possibility of a blizzard and the band plowed on. Between songs Dave swapped out guitars on an almost continual basis, consistently bending down to further diversify his arsenal. The songs were tight and well-executed, while at the same time loose musically. Mark Dalio's drumming took many sections to the point of epic, while the rest of the band echoed before reassembling for yet another climb in composition. Interwoven melodies clashed with peaking harmonies. As was the case with many of the selections, the songs ended with echoing sustain.
The first song came with a hard edge and possibly the first abrupt stop of the evening. A barrage of minor chord progressions kept listeners on the edge of their seats as the tempo increased. Some of the heavier, more distorted material seemed lost on the older folks, but the younger crowd was captivated. The warning of a loud tune, most comparable to Black Sabbath mixed with King Tubby came next and was by far the loudest, most aggressive music that I have heard at Dazzle. It involved hard-rock, dub, jazz and was the track used for the evening's promotional video. The song transitioned back into ripping rock with Devine absolutely shredding until another abrupt stop. A shout out to Dazzle's Musical Director, Kevin Lee, and the band played one final song. Considering that it was a Tuesday night, the turnout was fantastic. Dave Devine has assembled a very solid group of talent, who not only fielded the material well, but knocked it out of the park!
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