Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Matt Rae - Telepathicdotdotdot
artworkIf this were a country site, you'd be looking at 4-5 stars. If you liked Buzzy Frets and his Surfabilly Orchestra, you'll like this too.
Picks: Caravan, Clawdaddy, Diesel, Bumper Cars, The Camel, Bee Hive, Big Jim's Boogie, Binger, Rumble Seat, Mr. Honalai, G-Force, Kentucky Waterfall, Rolling Fog

Track by Track Review


Caravan dotdotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

This is a splendid arrangement of "Caravan." Matt Rae uses licks from a number of different version, adding his own color and styling, giving it a jazzy, cactus, and Middle Eastern flavor, yet placing it squarely in the rock arena. Rich and layered with artful guitar lines, it commands your attention for all five minutes of its duration. There's also a tasteful drum break. Mysterious and moody.

Clawdaddy dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

"Clawdaddy" is a bouncing cowboy jazz number with a grin and a bit of a demented edge. Rompin' post barn dance fun.

Diesel dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

"Diesel" is a white-blues kind of song with a friendly and inviting sound. It reminds me a bit of early Cat Mother and the All Night News Boys. Simple funky country fun.

Bumper Cars dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

Bouncin' boogie at the Saturday night hoe-down. Grinnin' all the way to the barn in its gingham dress, "Bumper Cars" is unpretentious fun.

The Camel dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

This "horse built by committee" of a song has a gentle flow and sad country flavor. The blend of sounds and ideas is unexpectedly engaging. Its soothing nature opens you to its complexities and beauty. Splendid.

Bee Hive dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

"Bee Hive" is a bouncing joy. This, more than the other tracks here, reminds me of Buzzy Frets and his Surfabilly Orchestra, who blended jazz and country and swing in a most warm and friendly way.

Big Jim's Boogie dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

A basic country beat and a circulating boogie melody line entice and captivate. You can easily visualize happy line dancers in plaid and kerchiefs. Way fun!

Binger dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

"Binger" moves very slowly across a gentle sunset as you transverse the darkening desert. Slithery smooth, yet a bit funky too.

Rumble Seat dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

"Rumble Seat" bounces and twangs with easy fun and rich country guitar simplicity. Big grin!

Mr. Honalai dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

A gentle island scene oozes from the steel like a tourist meander home from the luau after one too many. Gentle and pretty.

G-Force dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

If there were cowboy spies, they'd ride to "G-Force" as their accompaniment. Spunky and rich with energy and twang, and like Buck Owens without the whine. Very nice.

Kentucky Waterfall dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

Funky chickens, steel tears, and spilling agua plenty. "Kentucky Waterfall" is a slowish song with a warm warble and whine. Simply pleasurable.

Rolling Fog dotdotdot
Cowboy Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

Funny, but the gentle coolness of "Rolling Fog" does bring up images of below the dew point on the bay. Soft and gentle and enveloping.