Unalloyed felicity is the best way to describe D-Stringz, the new disc by the cooperative trio – violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, bassist Stanley Clarke, and guitarist Biréli Lagrène. These three distinctive titans consolidate their singular voices while exploring vast stylistic idioms within jazz’s expansive realm, resulting in a cohesive sound that plays to the strength of each individual’s virtuosity and more importantly their keen sense of musical interactivity. Each of these musicians are renowned for their incredible work within the electric jazz realm; D-Stringz shows them venturing into the acoustic realm and exhuming four jazz gems while also contributing fetching originals that shine new light to their individual gifts as composers.
The Texas country band’s fourth full-length release takes listeners through the highs and lows of Abbott’s relationship with his ex-wife. The incredibly honest and intimate concept album explores the entirety of the failed relationship, from its bright beginnings to its eventual demise.After the modest success of their single “Hangin’ Around” in 2014, Abbott knew he needed to channel his emotions from his struggles with alcohol addiction and on-going divorce into his music. This led Abbott to take on the idea of a concept album, the kind of project that is no easy task to complete. Thanks to years of experience, pure talent and his need to unpack the emotional baggage he was struggling to carry, Abbott created one of the best releases of the year.