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Andi Kissenbeck’s Club Boogaloo, Monsoon Dance, Enja

From 2015. Recorded in a Munich studio in October 2013, organist Kissenbeck is joined by tenorist Peter Weniger, guitarist Torsten Goods and drummer Tobias Backhaus. Steeped in the archetypal 1960s dancefloor-friendly Blue Note organ sound – …

Published: 13 Nov 2019. Updated: 8 months.

From 2015. Recorded in a Munich studio in October 2013, organist Kissenbeck is joined by tenorist Peter Weniger, guitarist Torsten Goods and drummer Tobias Backhaus.

Steeped in the archetypal 1960s dancefloor-friendly Blue Note organ sound – Kissenbeck firmly in the Lonnie Smith bag – they play a bunch of the German’s own tunes inspired by such disparate subjects as fasting and speaking German with an American accent, not quite as hilarious-sounding as Kissenbeck might have intended in his sleevenote plus treatments of Cedar Walton’s ‘I’m Not Sure’ and slightly jarringly Billy Joel’s ‘NY State of Mind’ Goods’ vocal on the latter far too mannered.

It gets better, after a sluggish first few tracks, on the JTQ-like scamper through Chester Thompson’s ‘Ebony Jam,’ and the quartet have plenty of skill and knowledge at their disposal, that’s clear. But there is little here to grab you by the scruff of the neck to demand extended listening time.

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2019 Highlight: Blume

Nérija — Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass) — set the agenda convincingly with Blume in August. One …

Published: 13 Nov 2019. Updated: 8 months.

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Nérija — Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass) — set the agenda convincingly with Blume in August. One of the best jazz albums of the year, dotted with rapport and delivered with aplomb.