The album Shadow’s Dance was released on August 12, 2008. Ten tracks were recorded for this album. Each track is unique in its own way. The first track on the album is titled, Nardis. The song starts out fairly slow. The harmonics in the beginning really catch the attention of the listener because of their unique sound. The song progressively speeds up going from only quarter and 8th notes into 16th notes for quite some time. Toward the end of the song emotions begin to fly as the song speeds up into 32nd notes. The song really begins to speak of excitement, joy and pleasure. At the end of the song a repeat of the intro is played with some slight variations. The second song on the album is titled, Blues Burger. This song really makes me hungry for more jazz. There is a great use of guitar effects in this song, especially the delay at some points. It’s great how the saxophone and guitar are synchronized in the intro. There is nothing better than outstanding arpeggios accompanied by an excellent walking bass line. The next song on the album is called, Shadow’s Dance. This song really takes on a Spanish style in the beginning. There is a great use of the minor keys to give it true emotion. The song is somewhat sad in the intro but then speeds up about a minute in. From here it starts to sound a little “groovy”. It is very different than the intro. The use of the flute reminds me also of Native American music. This is a very worldly song that seems to incorporate many varieties of style. This song is extremely unique and a good listen as well. The next song is titled, Csw. The title of this song may stand for, “Carlos Santana, Watchout!” This song is very quick and a lot seems to be accomplished throughout this song. The different effects of the guitar throughout the song really keep things interesting. Many different techniques are also used in this song that help keep it together. The next song titled, Catapult, sounds as though it is telling a story. There also seems to be some anger at something. Maybe John Monllos would like to catapult whatever he is angry at? There seems to be a lot of tension in this particular song. This particular song reminds me of the Picasso in a way. It sounds very abstract like one of Picasso’s paintings. The next song is titled, Ballad for Mr. Z. One can only assume that this song was written about or for someone named “Mr. Z”. This song has great passion. Feelings of sadness and sorrow are felt in this song. However, there seems to be certain notes in the song that reassure us that everything is okay. It has a sense of “moving on” to it. The next song really gets me excited to take out the trash. It is called, Garbage Night. Not sure where the title of this song came from. Most people do not feel this way while taking the garbage out. Although another spin on this song could be, “It’s garbage night? Don’t tell me what to do. I’m going to rock out on my guitar.” The next song on the album is called, Red Wine Girl, clearly about a girl. It has sort of an “Ooh la la” feeling to it. This song has a lot of passion and would be a great jazz song to slow jazz dance too. This song hit’s all the right notes at all the right times. The next song is titled, Where the Buses Don’t Run. This song may remind someone of a better time. Happiness and joy really strike it home with this song. Toward the middle of the song the guitar is really rocking out and having a great time. This guitar solo sounds improvised but done very well. The end of the song is done really well. This song is a great listen. The final song on the album is called, Afrikan Skies. This particular song is really wild. It is no wonder where the name of this song came from. It is as exotic as the “Afrikan Sky” itself. This song had a great melody and was very jazzy.
Overall this CD was a great listen. People who are not even into jazz would most likely find this album very intriguing. Some songs are definitely better than others, but nonetheless an excellent way to spend an hour and fifteen minutes. Listening to the CD multiple times gives yield to something that may have gone unheard the first time around. It would be great to hear the album live at a jazz tavern or bar. I suggest that everyone should give this album a chance and hopefully they enjoy what true jazz is all about.