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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Album review: Justin Rothberg Group - Hurricane Mouse

Justin Rothberg (guitar/mandolin); Todd Groves (saxes/flute/melodica); Jon Price (bass); Hiroyuki Matsuura (drums); Andy O'Neill (perc.)

Rothberg, a Bachelor of Music graduate of City College New York, is a new name to me although he has been active Stateside for the past 15 years in a variety of settings across the genres encompassing Broadway shows and touring with Petula Clark.

Because of the diversity of his musical interests it's difficult to pigeonhole this under any heading other than music. There's jazz-a-plenty as there is rock with only the occasional roll.

Rothberg, who composed all 12 tracks, is an accomplished guitarist. A funkster, I guess, at heart he nevertheless manages to slot all of his influences into the ever widening field of jazz. That he manages to do this so seamlessly is in no small way due to the input of his colleagues. Groves, in particular is outstanding on his various instruments.

It's one of those albums aimed at being every thing to every body whether it succeeds or not is up the listener to decide. My suggestion would be to check out Green Room. If this is to your taste then listen to the lot on Bandcamp


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