Flashback ... CD Jazzaway (Norway), 2008. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little group who are one of our favorites from the current Norwegian scene – a combo who've been together long enough to really find each others strengths over time – and work them beautifully to come up with a bold, soaring sound! The group's key strength lies in the work of horn players Jon Klette on alto and Gisle Johansen on tenor – but they also get plenty from their use of heavy keyboards from Anders Aarum, a player who manages to mix in with the acoustic horns in a really fresh kind of way – partially echoing the 70s generation, yet never with a sound that's ever fusion-based at all! The horns are so sharp, and direct the tunes so strongly, that the keyboards mostly come in to underscore the vibe of the whole record – ringing out with subtle tones that warm things up from underneath. Titles include "Flashback", "Pathfinder", "Don't Mess With Miss I", "Bass Interlude/Major Walk", "Crossbreed", and "Segments Of Bird". CD
An excellent bit of spiritual soul jazz on Horace Tapscott's Nimbus label – featuring a group led by pianist Kaeef Rauzadun that includes Henry Franklin on bass, George Bohannon on trombone, Wilbert Hemsley on tenor, and Gary Bias on alto and soprano sax. The album's also got some beautiful vocals from BJ Crowley – who co-leads the group, and sings out with a proud righteousness that recalls some of Dee Dee Bridgewater or Jean Carn's early early soul jazz recordings. The tracks are all long and spiralling numbers – never really "out", but in a free searching mode that's a perfect platform for the piano work of Ruzadun. Titles include "One Step Out", "Flashback Of Time", "All Praises Due", and "Stars In Lightyear Time". CD