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    Ballrogg – “Cabin Music” – [Hubro]

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    Crystal clear sound…but not ice crystals, this
    release from the now trio is warm and cozy. Adding
    Ivar Grydeland on guitar, especially his lap steel
    with its delicate little lasso swinging around your
    ears, is going to rope a lot of new listeners in.
    The compositions are really beautiful, all composed
    by Swedish sonic chef Klaus Holm, he delivers the
    sort of Hubro vibe of lighter than an empty bird’s
    nest with his reeds. Great use of clarinet with
    Ivar’s strings. Slowly his notes circle, the fastest
    they get is on “Sliding Doors” (or #3 as song titles
    were differing in the booklet and in a CD player).
    But on #3, Ivar brings out the banjo to gently
    reign in the rhythm as Klaus’ sax slithers back and
    forth. Bassist Roger Arntzen does a great job without
    a drummer to keep what could be just drifting numbers
    anchored to earth with toe-tapping, finger-thumping
    lines. There is some light percussion added in too.
    Through-out the album there’s a lots of subtle overdubs
    of “polite noise” – soothing skronk, a crackling wire,
    and your beloved grandmother’s ghost. Very nice flow
    to this short, 4 song CD. A home, sweet suite, home
    vibe. Even the titles are bed and breakfastable!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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