01. Funk Harbor
04. In My Dream Again
06. Sons of Thunder
08. Inner Duality
09. Floating Dinosaurs
Jazz fusion instrumental music with progressive and alternative rock overtones
. A vast landscape of influences including Jazz, Rock, Modern Classical, and Indian. Superb fusion from some legendary performers, Steve Hunt
, producer, engineer, who recorded the album in his own recording studio, "The Kitchen" also played keyboards, piano, and organ (formerly with Allan Holdsworth, Stanley Clarke, and Billy Cobham). New Jersey guitar legend Pete McCann
, was in the well known group The Mahavishnu Orchestra Project, which actually was favorably recognized by John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra founder) himself. Steve Hunt and Pete performed together in that project. Other musicians include Steve Michaud, drums, Guitarist Prasanna ("Slum Dog Millionaire" soundtrack contributor) on title track.
Guest appearance by Boston legend soprano saxophonist Bill Vint on song "Awe". David Hines composed all music except collaboration with Steve Hunt on "Floating Dinosaurs" and Steve Michaud composed, and played drums on "Sons of Thunder". David plays 4 and 5 string fretted and fretless basses, and keyboards. ~ truthinshredding.com
...In spite of his impressive career in music, David Hines’ name is still relatively obscure even in jazz-rock/fusion circles
. However, judging by his sophomore effort, "Inner Duality”, he would amply deserve more recognition, both as a composer and as a bassist. His approach to the genre may not be the most cutting-edge you may find on today’s music scene, but this album simply oozes class and style – two qualities that, in my book, are always more than welcome. "Inner Duality” is one of those albums (quite rare these days) that impress for the easy, effortless flow of the music, played with exquisite yet subtle skill, all the while avoiding the syndrome that all too often mars highly technical albums
– that is, bludgeoning the listener over their head with one’s chops.
Moreover, David Hines and his cohorts manage to inject genuine emotion in their playing – something that many bands of the same ilk often forget to do. The result of the chemistry between the four musicians are 10 tracks of restrained length (the longest, album closer Leaf, clocking in at just under 8 minutes), which avoid gratuitous pyrotechnics to concentrate rather on texture and atmosphere. This is vintage jazz-rock, harking back to the greats of the subgenre such as Mahavishnu Orchestra or Weather Report, though with a personal touch that prevents it from sounding derivative...
...While some jazz-fusion ‘experts’ may complain that "Inner Duality” sounds too much like a throwback to the glory days of the Seventies
, the album is such an accomplished effort, as well as a rewarding listen, that I believe lovers of the genre would do themselves a disservice by passing it up. Music written and played with such taste and class should always be welcomed by discerning listeners... ~ www.progressor.net