The Doug Hawk Proposition
Review by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene.com
The Doug Hawk Proposition is a Jazz, Funk, R&B band that mixes with contemporary beats for a great sound. With similarities to Norman Brown, George Benson, Chick Corea and Al DiMeola, they belt out some awesome sounding vibes. The band incorporates many different genres in their unique sound that reaches into fusion and other eclectic sounds. With Doug Hawk on keys and vocals, Mike Lorenz on guitar, Lee Clarke on bass and Paul Wells on percussion, they form a kicking quartet that belt out some flowing tunes. They are multi-talented musicians who enjoy their creations and have fun performing to their multitude of eager fans.
“Once in a Dream” is a nice hip mid-tempo number with that eclectic jazzy feel. This tunes just flows naturally and is a great listener. “Caught in a Quiet Room” reminds me of an older grover Washington number that would have Stevie Wonder vocals. Doug’s rendition is clean and the accompaniment is clean and crisp.
“Hope Never Dies” is an R7B flavored song that takes one back to the simpler times of the early 70’s. The feeling projected by the Mike Lorenz guitar solo is retro in flavor. “Not this Time” is a nice funky upbeats jazz infused tune with intense vocals and a flowing rhythm. Love the vocal effects! Doug’s solo on the keys and Mike’s solo on guitar are very energetic. Nice Hook! Best Song on this CD!