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The Chris Shahin Band - Jazz Surfin'dotdotdotdot
artworkListening to this DAT, I got the feeling I was witnessing the birth of a new genre, the logical replacement for the passing fad of Lounge. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Dinner Surf. What? Yup, that's right, and it's not a negative. Here's the image: It's sunset in early September. Well healed gentlemen with incredibly assembled female companions are dining intimately at Jacque le Beau for 30 bucks a plate. A group of seasoned jazz musicians wearing turtlenecks and dinner jackets are playing surf influenced instrumentals gently and precisely from their stools strategically located in front for the picture window overlooking the yacht harbor. So much for Martin Denny. The playing here is great, and the sound I wanted to hate is stunning and interesting. It's not often that my automatic denial of sophisticated" music is so easily conquered.
Picks: Psychic Friends, Agent 99, Baja Cactus, Emancipate This Water Planet

Track by Track Review

Psychic Friends dotdotdot
Dinner Surf Spy Jazz (Instrumental)

Quirky clean jazzy blues influenced tune with a gentle precision. The image that comes to mind is of a guy sitting on a stool in the corner of a restaurant with a view of the harbor playing surf the way a jazz musician would play for the dinner crowd. Behold the birth of Dinner Surf.

Agent 99 dotdotdot
Surf Dinner Surf Spy Kraut Rock (Instrumental)

A very laid back soundtrackish number, beautiful and flowing, like some of the more artful Kraut Rock from the dawn of progressive. In spots, you can hear the compressors breathe.

Baja Cactus dotdotdot
Dinner Surf Southwest Desert Jazz (Instrumental)

Burrito, my horse, dubbed this Southwest Serape Surf Jazz.

Emancipate This Water Planet dotdotdot
Dinner Surf Moody (Instrumental)

Very smooth, soft and moody, almost Aqua Velvets like.