Album Review of
No Agenda

Label: Rhombus

Genres: Jazz

Styles: Fusion

Written by Robert Silverstein
November 30, 2019 - 2:34pm EST
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Texas-based guitarist Bernie Mora blasts out of the blues for his 2019 album on the California-based Rhombus label. Credited to Bernie Mora & Tangent, the nine cut No Agenda is just that – an album that moves from jazz to jazz-rock fusion with taste and finesse. Assisting Bernie’s well-recorded electric guitars are a range of players, including Charles Godfrey (drums, percussion), Daniel Becker (bass, 12-string acoustic guitar), Doug Webb (sax, flute), Corey Allen (keys) and Lee Thornberg (trumpet, trombone). A full-bodied, all-instrumental set, this fourth album by Bernie Mora & Tangent, No Agenda is contemporary instrumental jazz-rock fusion at its finest. Fans of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Santana and Hendrix will dig this diverse and totally authentic sounding album. No Agenda is dedicated to Bernie’s late, great drummer Doc Anthony, whose drums were used in the recording. There are way too many highlights to single anything out but, with its memorable melody and near baroque sounding trumpet fills, the album's title track is a total blast. Featuring nine tracks of pure guitar energy, No Agenda moves with ease through a range of jazzy, rocky, fusion and even Latin music grooves sure to please just about every instrumental music lover.