smooth jazz ride reviews big water little boat!


Guitarist Tim DeHuff did a bit of soul-searching before settling down to create this debut release Big Water, Little Boat. What kind of artist did he want to be? In what direction would he take his music? With roots dating back to his years as guitarist with the Main Ingredient to being a part of the funk, blues, and jazz scene with others like the late great George Duke, Lee Ritenour, and David Benoit — just to name a small handful — he decided to use that experience and exposure to brand his style of music in a manner that puts Big Water, Little Boat in a big melting pot of C- jazz, rock, blues, funk, and R&B. DeHuff puts his guitar to work telling his story right from the lead track, a romping high-steppin’ number called “Hurry Home,” which happens to be the first single from the album.  From there, his eclecticism takes many turns as he calls on the Santana-like vibe found in “Y Otra Vez,” turns out the hook-rich, appropriately titled jazzy “Easy Strut,”  the melodically cool and contemporary jazz-friendly “Jam Man” (you can hear some of that Ritenour/Jeff Golub spark on this one),  and the reggae-driven “Dit Da.”The party doesn’t stop there, however, as the guitarist rocks it out on “Double Talk;” tones it way down on the softly serenading “Touch the Moon (Song for Kathy),” a soulful and romantic groove dedicated to his longtime girlfriend; hammers home the mid-tempo, funky Hammond B3-driven “Dear Ernest;” and finishes off with a solid and smooth bluesy stroll called “Archie’s Way.” A fine debut album from one who should have done this a long time ago. No matter. He’s on the solo scene now, and you will likely agree that we jazzers are all the better for it. – Ronald Jackson