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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

CD Review: Snorre Kirk - Beat

Snorre Kirk (drums/compositions); Tobias Wiklund (cornet); Klas Lindquist (alto sax/clarinet); Jan Harbeck (tenor sax); Magnus Hjorth (piano); Lasse Mørk (bass).
(Review by Lance).

Reading the blurb that accompanies CDs for review can either whet your appetite or make you wonder if the writer is in the right job. Here, a reference is made to a composition by Duke Ellington's bassist - Juan Tizol!

Fortunately, the music makes up for this howler so I read no further, leaving the music to speak for itself.

Unlike so many Scandinavian albums (Kirk is Norwegian, Lindquist and Wiklund are Swedish, Harbeck and Mørk are Danish), Beat sits comfortably 'twixt swing and bop having the luxuriant feel of an Ellington small group whilst, at the same time, sounding as modern as a late breakfast. In other words, it swings without dragging.

Wiklund blows cornet with a Clark Terry puckishness, Lindquist evokes Hodges and Carter, whilst Harbeck has listened to Ben and Hawk and, although pianist Hjorth and, bassist Mørk have maybe looked as far forward as a late supper they haven't stray(horn)ed away from the overall picture. As for leader Snorre Kirk, he's not only a first-class timekeeper but he also composed all but one of the numbers - the exception being valve trombonist Tizol's Zanzibar.

If you like your jazz sans banjo but avec not too many flattened fifths then this is one to check out.

Love it madly.
Lance.
Available on Stunt Records STUCD18142 or STULP18141.

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