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Wolff & Clark Expedition

Wolff & Clark Expedition

Review by Gary Hill

Although it’s not, this really feels live. It’s essentially a potent jazz album. These guys play well and provide a variety of sounds and styles. It’s good stuff.

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Track by Track Review
Come Together

The Beatles song gets a killer jazz reworking. The piano really shines on this thing, but you can’t overlook the bass work, either. The drums get some chances to shine, as well.

What Is This Thing Called Love?
Drums start this one. They work their way out from there in an energized jazz jam. This is quite an expressive and expansive jam and I really love the bass work on this thing. In fact, there’s a bit of a bass solo built into it.
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

There’s definitely more of a groove to this one. It works through a number of changes and there’s a killer bass driven bit that’s rather playful. IN fact, the whole thing is kind of playful in some ways. The piano gets a chance to show off, too.


This number feels rather like something from Vince Guaraldi in some ways.

Flat Out

Extremely freeform, this one is a bit on the strange side. Still, everyone puts in killer performances here. It’s just not really my cup of tea.

Song for My Father

The jazz groove here is quite tasty. Although it’s built in sort of a mid-tempo territory it gets a bit more speed later in the number. There are some intriguing twists and turns in this one. I particularly dig the groove that comes in late to hold it for a time.

Is There A Jackson In The House?

This jam feels a bit more freeform, but it’s definitely not as chaotic as “Flat Out.” At times there seems to be a bit of a Latin vibe. The faster paced jam later is quite cool, too. There is a fairly extensive drum solo later in the number.


Piano opens this with a bluesy kind of jam. From there the whole group enter and we’re off into a slow paced jam that’s quite cool. I really love the bass driven section later, too.

For The Love Of Money

The bass leads out here and from there we are launched into a rather chaotic jazz jam. The familiar musical themes from this classic tune are heard here and there. Overall, though, this is a rather crazed number.


This is a mellower, more cohesive jazz song that’s dominated by the piano.

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