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Organ-X Plus

Artist: Organ-X

Date of Release:

Catalogue no: AS257

Label: Altrisuoni

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Beautiful Monday

2

 

Bock To Bock

3

 

O Morro Não Tem Vez

4

 

How My Heart Sings

5

 

After Midnight

6

 

Chovendo Na Roseir

7

 

Knocked Out

8

 

Nobody Else But Me

9

 

Funky Piece Of Cake

10

 

How Deep Is The Ocean

 

 

 

 

ORGAN-X-PLUS is actually the ORGAN-X trio with the addition of the tenor sax player Roland von Flüe.

This CD reveals the two characters of the group, which is at ease as a trio and as a quartet alike. Roland von Flüe, thanks to the natural voice of his tenor sax, fits very well with the typical sound of the Hammond organ of the trio who has never sought any special sound effects.

The new member of the group Marcel Thomi, who took over the role of organ player two years ago, has brought new life into the trio. In this album he is the composer of two tracks, "Beautiful Monday", a relaxing song with typical childish melodies and permeated with refined harmonies, and "Knocked Out" which is a mix of contemporary Bop and Funk which reveal the affinities of the author in these two musical generes.

With the guitarist Roberto Bossard and the drummer Elmar Frey, who are the founders of ORGAN-X, the group is completed with two major names of the Swiss jazz scene. The two musicians offer a few of their own compositions as well as several arrangements of lesser-known jazz standards.

ORGAN-X-PLUS is a sharp turn in the current European trend, which everybody believes must be followed. In Switzerland the "swingy" etichette seems almost derogatory. Regardless though, ORGAN-X play with a lot of swing, with great modern jazz groove and obtains significant success from the audiences.

 

Reviews

 

06/01/2009 Donald Elfman (All About Jazz, New York)

The organ remains an appealing element in modern jazz and it’s refreshing to hear how players not only keep the tradition alive but also move it forward. Organ-X has been in existence for several years though Marcel Thomi took over at the keyboard only two years ago. With Roberto Brossard (guitar) and Elmar Frey (drums), the group knows how to swing up a storm, bring it down to a gorgeous ballad setting and turn a groove with the best of them. With the addition of reedman Roland vön Flue, the trio gets to that classic sax and organ sound (with some lovely clarinet work, too) on Plus. Thomi contributed several originals including the delicately funky opener “Beautiful Monday”; it has a childlike theme but soon inhabits a bluesy place. With tenor saxophone added, the group takes on Wes Montgomery’s “Bock to Bock” and we can hear just how well these Swiss musicians have absorbed the snaky and soulful. After an expressive and simple guitar solo - Wes would be proud - vön Flue enters for a smoking little ride that calls to mind the very best hard tenors from the past. The group also beautifully interprets two Jobim compositions: “O Morro Näo Te Vez” highlights the funky nature of the bossa nova while “Chovendo Na Roseira”, a lesser known work, is primarily colored by sinewy clarinet. In both cases Thomi provides sensitive comping and a hearty but not overpowering solo voice. “How My Heart Sings” and “How Deep is the Ocean” demonstrate how the basic trio approaches a standard. The former starts slowly but moves into a middle groove while the latter is a gorgeous ballad reading that hardly gets above a whisper - check out Frey’s brushes.

 

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