Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Auteur Jazz - Aphorisms (2009)

Joyously romping grooves from Auteur Jazz -- a combo who take the modal style of the 60s European scene, and infuse it with a few contemporary touches of their own! The group are a bit more open-ended than some of the other club jazz combos on the Ricky Tick label -- willing to stretch out in some occasional exploratory modes or mellower moments, then step back with a hard-hitting groove to round things in place -- often getting a surprisingly rich sound from their relatively small lineup, which is mostly based around reeds and piano from Antti Hynninen, but also features occasional other saxes, strings, keyboards, and percussion. Sara Sayaed sings on the tracks "Kill You Alive" and "Tomorrow Knows" -- and other instrumental tracks include "Two Jaguars In Warsaw", "Marbles", "Who Struck John", "Gris Gris", "Uruguayo", and "Najgo".

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