First Appeared at The Music Box, Jan./Feb. 1996, Volume 3, #1
Written by John Metzger
Bruce Hornsby's latest release Hot House, while extremely enjoyable, is a virtual remake of Harbor Lights. Throughout the endeavor, he delivers a similar brew of jazz-pop grooves, and as a result, it sounds just a tad formulaic. On his last outing, he tucked bits of the Grateful Dead's Dark Star into the intro to Talk of the Town; this time, he borrows heavily from Estimated Prophet, calling his version The Tango King. Nevertheless, Hornsby's amazing dexterity is on display as he leads Béla Fleck, Pat Metheny, and Jerry Garcia through some funky grooves. White-Wheeled Limousine is given more of a Flecktones-style treatment, and it stands in stark contrast to the stripped down version recorded with Rob Wasserman for Trios.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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