Somebody Else’s Nightmare
Strength and Kindness

Reviewed by Music Emissions

Joe Holiday's band comes up with an array of styles. It comes back to a common thread, resembling Steely Dan by the time of Aja. I don't find myself appreciating the work ethic of Russian workers as lamenting their lack of freedom. But this isn't about political discourse. Holiday would rather reflect on the mating and work habits of bees. The saxophone is solid, taking "Yard Full of Joes" to another level. Rap and Eastern fusion provide vehicles for tracks. The title track is also a highlight. The spirituality evident on the "Light Will Show the Way" is admirable and refreshing. The lyrics are family friendly. This is an asset, which doesn't get enough attention these days. The music does make it's way into fun territory often enough. It may not qualify as dance music, yet it gets you out of your chair all the same. There's a sense of spiritual fulfillment coming through the tracks.

The music doesn't become background noise. It does make good dinner music. It can also serve as an example of how thought provoking and compelling modern jazz can become. It's even apparent to a Louis Armstrong fan. The number of memorable tracks could be higher. Still the album isn't marred by duds either. Nothing eve seems like filler. It all comes off as inspired. Now let's find some more nature aspects to reflect on. The movie lover in me is compelled to keep exploring, as well after reading his comments. Holiday is cognizant some may find a melancholy quality to his music. He has an appreciation for standards of which a substantial number qualify as weepers.

There's even a happy track, which Joe seems to find obligatory in his efforts to relate to his audience. Commendations are in order for giving the people what they want without pandering.