Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nordic Connect Weigh In With The Tuneful "Spirals"

Nordic Connect? Yes. We have the band's Spirals, their second CD (Artist Share 0097), a jazz-rock present day program with some tuneful originals penned by the various band members. Ingrid Jensen appears to be the bandleader and she turns in some very nice trumpet, fluegel and songs; her sister Christine has definite prowess and imagination on alto and soprano; Maggie Olin gives a good showing on piano and Rhodes; then there's a capable rhythm section of Mattias Welin on contrabass and Jon Wikan, drums & percussion.

It's mildly electric music with a lyrical side, a little ECM-like, gossamer-winged free floating alternating with loose jazz-rock grooves. The trumpet and sax effusions are exemplary; Olin's keys charm. It's quite beautiful really.

There's more to be said. I am pressed for time today though, so I apologize to Nordic Connect and my readers for the brevity. This is a good one. A pleasure to hear. Please, I want some more.

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