You can get jaded. And then miraculously that feeling stops. It's when a track like 'You Funnin' Me, Son?' comes along.
Garrulous conversational tenor saxophone, interesting non-corny organ accompaniment by one of the UK's most go-ahead players and a drum contribution that skates along knowingly and works out how to upset the applecart with darting ideas and a quick rhythmic wit, Manc trio Revival Room sound ancient and modern all at the same time. The three play from the heart and the same secular hymn sheet.
Adam Fairhall on organ is at the heart of it all and Mark Hanslip on the track while a throwback a little, if you are familiar with the sound of Tom Challenger you will know that there is a modernist sensibility rising up because Hanslip lands in the same space here on this track in a 2018 recording made in Leeds as you will find Huddersfield player Tom at times.
Johnny Hunter on drums is as usual a maverick presence, think Tim Giles a bit and can carve out a good, brittle, groove.
The track introduces the album also called Revival Room due at the end of this month. I had a few listens to the full album earlier in the week and it's one of the best UK-derived albums of the year to appear.
If there's any justice, the jury is out on whether there ever is alas, Revival Room should be clearing the mantlepiece and adding a few inches sideways along for all the awards going because it is outstanding given the character of the playing and the ideas that leap from the three of them. Let's see if these come along. The kudos is in the quality of the creation anyway and that's easy to discern. SG
Revival Room photo: Efpi/Bandcamp