James Hardway
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Deeper Wider Smoother Shit , 6/10
The Neon Lounge , 5/10
A Positive Sweat , 5/10
Moors And Christians , 4/10
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James Hardway (real name David Harrow) is a veteran of the British music scene who in the 1990s, with the singles Cool Jazz Motherfucker (Recordings Of Substance, 1996) and Bastard Son Of Swing (Recordings Of Substance, 1996), and the album Deeper Wider Smoother Shit (Recordings Of Substance, 1996), launched the ambitious plan to web drum'n'bass and jazz. Unfortunately, the result is often pretentious if not tedious.

The EP Illustrated Man (Recordings Of Substance, 1997) is basically a trio of electronica, bass and flute. But The Neon Lounge (Recordings Of Substance, 1997) is just cocktail lounge music with a splash of polyrhythms and his quartet is an intriguing proposition that just doesn't have good scores to play. Easy Is A Four Letter Word (Shadow, 1998) is an anthology.

A Positive Sweat (Recordings Of Substance, 1999) contains the single Grow and displays the musician's talent for jazz arrangements in Livin' The Life. Moors And Christians (Recordings of Substance, 2000) is an embarassing take on Cuban music.

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James Hardway (vero nome David Harrow) e' un veterano della scena musicale Britannica che negli anni '90, con i singoli Cool Jazz Motherfucker (Recordings Of Substance, 1996) e Bastard Son Of Swing (Recordings Of Substance, 1996), e con l'album Deeper Wider Smoother Shit (Recordings Of Substance, 1996), ha lanciato l'ambizioso progetto di creare un intreccio tra drum'n'bass e jazz. Purtroppo, il risultato Š spesso pretenzioso, se non addirittura tedioso. L' EP Illustrated Man (Recordings Of Substance, 1997) e', in sostanza, un trio di elettroniche, basso e flauto. Ma The Neon Lounge (Recordings Of Substance, 1997) e' semplicemente musica da cocktail lounge con una spruzzatina poliritmica, e il suo quartetto un'intrigante proposta, che per• non raggiunge buoni risultati, al momento di suonare. Easy Is A Four Letter Word (Shadow, 1998) e' un'antologia.

A Positive Sweat (Recordings Of Substance, 1999) contiene il singolo Grow e mostra il talento del musicista per gli arrangiamenti jazz in Livin' The Life. Moors And Christians (Recordings of Substance, 2000) e' un imbarazzante furto alla musica cubana.

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