“Living Standards” Mike Dolbear Review

Living Standards (CD) – Karl Latham, Mark Egan & Vic Juris

Featuring three incredible musicians and veterans of their instrument, ‘Living Standards’ is an 11 track compilation of some of the 20th centuries finest songs, but in a jazz fusion arrangement.

Opening with a version of the Beetles classic ‘Day Tripper’, there is also a reworking of Princes’ Cinnamon Girl, as well as ‘Riders on the Storm’ from the Doors, finishing with the Cream Classic, ‘White Room’.

I found some of the tracks were more instantly recognisable than others, which in some ways is rather nice; it’s not meant to be a straight cover of these songs after all, but a jazz fusion interpretation and I feel the band really delivered; not that you would expect any less!

Not only was Karl playing the drums for this release but he is also credited as the producer, once again proving that drummers can have a lot more input than just hitting the skins.

It’s a great release and if you’re into jazz/fusion music it’s one that’s well worth a look.

Rob Crisp

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Fusion CD of the Month – “Karl Latham, Mark Egan & Vic Juris: Living Standards”

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fusion CD of the Month – “Karl Latham, Mark Egan & Vic Juris: Living Standards”

Fusion CD of the Month
Karl Latham, Mark Egan & Vic Juris: “Living Standards” (Dropzone Jazz Records DJZ 201601) 2016 

Produced & Recorded by Karl Latham @ Firefly Studios (Warwick, NY)
Mixed & Mastered by Paul Wickliffe and Karl Latham @ Skyline Productions (Warren, NJ)
Additional Engineering by Mark Egan & Jeremy Gillespie
Photos: Stephanie Sapio
Artwork: John Earley

Karl Latham’s latest release, “Living Standards” features bassist Mark Egan and guitarist Vic Juris performing iconic pop standards from the ’60s and ’70s. The trio, led by world renown drummer Latham, takes you on an adventurous jam band/jazz journey, exploring smash pop, rock and soul hits that have become modern standards, overlapping generations of listeners.

Karl’s latest trio follows the critically acclaimed Egan/Latham/Hart “Unit1” and Latham/Carniaux/Egan “Constellations,” a fantastic jazzy tribute to Bjork. With the inclusion of virtuosic guitarist Vic Juris, “Living Standards” clearly draws from the interpretive spirit of those above mentioned albums providing a rhythmic and harmonic adventure in a vehicle of iconic pop standards.

Featured tracks include The Beatles’ “Day Tripper”, “Tax Man” and “Tomorrow Never Knows”, Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl”, stirring ballads “White Rabbit” and “Us and Them” and extended improvisations on the Doors “Riders on the Storm”, and the War classic “Low Rider”.