I wouldn’t know how to tell you about the journey of this fascinating guitarist and composer, so I refer you to this article from our colleagues at All About Jazz: link. This is because Scott Emmerman does not have a website.
Jazz-rock as we love it, certainly with well-mastered rock influences to not damage this musical style. However, if you like gritty guitars, you will be served on the first track of this album. Nevertheless, this does not define the rest of the album, which will charm you no matter what you like. It is primarily a beautiful journey through ten tracks, with eight and a half composed by Scott Emmerman. Only “Judgement Day” is signed by Emmerman and Marty Zevin, and “Yearning for your love” is signed by Oliver Scott and Ronnie Wilson.
There are sometimes very cinematic atmospheres, perhaps reflecting the artist’s diverse musical experiences. The only criticism I would make of this album is the overuse of synthesizers and electronics. As we know today, this type of album tends to age poorly over time, while more acoustic albums stand the test of time better.
However, this mode of expression remains ideal for musicians who seemingly conduct extensive sound research on their guitars, leading to calls for instruments that can perfectly complement them. We are faced with an album by an artist passionate about his instrument, a sonic explorer. It is not surprising that a title like “Spheres” was chosen for this album, as it indeed takes us from planet to planet. And if this album sometimes resembles one from another era, it is probably a nod to bands like Miles Davis, Return to Forever, Weather Report, and a few others.
For the Bayou Blue Radio and Paris-Move reviews, this album is a favorite that will primarily resonate with guitar enthusiasts, specifically those who love the electric guitar. We are left wanting more in terms of arrangements, which, from our point of view, are slightly below the quality of the compositions. However, this is a matter of perspective because it does not detract from the overall listening experience or the pleasure derived from this album. In truth, this album came very close to being considered one of our “Essentials.” The musicians on this album are Scott Emmerman – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drum Programming; Marty Zevin – Drums; Larry Nelson – Piano on Roanoke.
PARIS-MOVE, November 16th 2023