The David Joel Quartet,
Spiral Sky
(Turning Point, 2007)

Spiral Sky is competent medium-to-light jazz entirely appropriate for Sunday brunch background music.

There really are not any standout tracks and, for all the notable accomplishments of David Joel as a musician and music educator, the album is repetitive and derivative. The packaging text, written by the album's producer, Derrick Graves, compares Joel to Pat Metheny and Jimi Hendrix -- certainly high praise, but this album indicates nothing so deserving.

The mention of L. Ron Hubbard as a motivating force for the artist, also in the packaging text, is disturbing and perhaps an unpleasant, if certainly not unwise, revelation.

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review by
Stephen Richmond

12 January 2008

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