Nothing fatal about these guys – given the really life-affirming quality of the music on the set! The group features a compelling blend of reeds, trombone, and drums – often used in these really evocative ways that mix the rhythmic with the lyrical! The trombone does a great job of bridging the space between rhythm and melody – played here by Francois Lemonnier, who's got a really compelling touch on his instrument – sometimes swinging, sometimes a bit more sonic overall. Biggi Vinkeloe handles the flute and alto sax on the record, and drums are by Peeter Uuskyla – on titles that include "Singing Softly", "Nordic Waves", "Escargoiseau Blues", "The Wind Is Dancing Over The Hills", and "Space Way Messenger". ~ Dusty Groove
GEOF BRADFIELD - MELBA!
A beautiful tribute to the genius of trombonist/arranger Melba Liston – and a set that doesn't just copy her music, but really opens up a whole new spirit from its inspiration! Reedman Geof Bradfield composed all the tracks in the set, and puts things together with a spirit that's not unlike some of Melba's best arrangements for middle-sized groups – that way she had of making things tight, and rhythmically soulful – yet still allowing plenty of room for improvisation and individuality amidst the fuller picture of the tunes. Bradfield gets in plenty of great moments on tenor, soprano sax, and bass clarinet – and the rest of the group features Victor Garcia on trumpet and flugelhorn, Joel Adams on trombone, Jeff Parker on guitar, Ryan Cohan on piano, Clark Sommers on bass, and George Fludas on drums. Titles include "Central Avenue", "Dizzy Gillespie", "Detroit/Kingston", "Randy Weston", and "Homecoming" – and the set ends with vocals by Maggie Burrell on the tune "Let Me Not Lose My Dream". ~ Dusty Groove
SPINNERTY - GESTURES
Some of the sweetest work we've heard so far from Spinnerty – an EP that really just features three versions each of two tracks, but served up in ways that work together like a mini-suite of sound! "53 Pickup" has some great live drums – which really crackle alongside the beats and keyboards, and give the whole thing a great sort of energy – skittish in the main mix, spacier in a "lil Dave rmx", and then breaking like some old school funk record on the "drumapella"! "Noel's Dream" follows in a similar spirit – with great drum breaks next to the Fender Rhodes, giving things a funky feel as the keys spin out in space. There's also another funky "drumapella" version of that tune – and a more upbeat remix from J Boogie! ~ Dusty Groove