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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

CD review: griffith hiltz trio - this is what you get...

Johnny Griffith (alt/ten/bs clt); Nathan Hiltz (el. gtr/bs.pedals); Sly Juhas (dms). Hawksley Workman (prod.)
(Review by Lance).
"GHT and Hawksley Workman collide on this head banging, pelvic grinding, soft-shoeing, hippy tripping, soul-soothing, make out session of sweet sounds."
So read the blurb! With such a description I was tempted to pass this one over to Steve who has been known to lurk outside of pet shops with a box of matches. However, the final two words - "sweet sounds" - seemed to be a contradiction of what had went before and my curiosity was aroused.
I opened a can of Old Speckled Hen - I figured I might need a few of these to reach track 10.
Wrong!
It's actually a delightful listen. It doesn't really fit any genre nor is it in a timewarp. It's the music of the past - it's the music of tomorrow played today. Griffith blows gutsy, almost rock tenor, mellow alto and bass clarinet that could have been BG if he'd been born later and opted for bass clarinet.
Guitarist Hiltz operates the bass pedalboard as good as some organ players I've heard and his guitar playing offers extra support as well as solos that swing in both a contemporary and a traditional manner
Sly Juhas' playing is vital capturing the varying moods and responding accordingly.
The griffith hiltz trio are apparently a staple part of the Canadian Jazz scene which includes a weekly residency at Toronto's Rex Hotel. At the Cherry Tree on Monday, owner Peter was telling me about his recent visit to the Beaches Jazz Festival at Toronto - who's to say the trio weren't among vast array of bands stretched over several miles?
griffith hiltz trio - this is what you get... Contact www.ghtrio.com
Lance.

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