years ago we observed a phenomena in Great Britain called
Acid Jazz. Berklee graduate Duncan Millar was part of this
scene performing with musicians such as Down to the Bone,
who he used to work with in his West London studio making
raucous house records before they started Down to the Bone.
Duncan became know by his solo projects A-One, Dream Your
Dream (1999), Good To Go (2001), the latter two
re-released under the title Comin' Thru (2001). And
then there was silence for Duncan. I frequently asked him in
2012, when he would release a new album. Now he presents his
new album Fresh Air (2013).
Duncan has written and produced all songs. While Duncan
performs keyboards and drum programming, he is supported by
Jacko Peake (sax), Mark Vandergucht (guitar), Chris Dodd
(bass, drum and percussion programming), Dennis Charles
(vocals), Alex Booney and Damon Brown (trumpet) and many
As if time stood still, we are delighted by Duncan's very
own music. Fresh Air offers, quiescent music with a
special elegance. Buenas swings in the Bossa nova
style. Ilhabela is the Portuguese word for pretty
island and also the name of a Brazilian island situated 4
miles off the coast of São Paulo state in Brazil. The tune
is inspired by this wonderful local venue.
Swing and vintage sound are also the breeding ground for As Lovers Do.
Since Petite Fleur we know about the appeal of these
elements. After the trumpet of the previous song introduces
Southern Sky flute and piano to the audience. A
marked propensity for Rhodes piano you can notice on pieces
as Autumn Mood. For such melancholy songs with a
strong jazz character this instrument predestined.
Belmondo is an extension of that sentiment. From ancient times the color blue is associated with the
music style jazz. Blue Cool is relaxed and delightful
smooth jazz. On Subcontinental Duncan conjures
musical images of strange continents. Get What You Give
is a special kind of energizer, an invitation to the
Duncan Millar's Fresh Air is a successful blend of
smooth jazz of all moods. Entertaining to the last note.