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WALK THE NILE

Elephant9

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.78 | 75 ratings

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JonnyM79
4 stars I bought this album after a track was included on the cover CD of Classic Rock Presents Prog. That track caught my interest and this album certainly held it.

Elephant9 are an entirely instrumental Keys-Bass-Drums trio playing with a heavy electric jazz-rock sound (think Medeski, Martin and Wood beefed up and angry after steroid abuse). The real distinctive element is the range of vintage organs that keyboard player Ståle Storløkken uses. These are well captured by this recording - every asthmatic wheeze and groan is left on and really adds to the flavour. The band are capable of ranging from laying down a funky groove all the way to the avant-garde. Tracks are generally timed nicely - shorter with a high tempo and intense energy or slower tempo with more time to develop. Standout track is Aviation which progresses from slowly shifting organ chords setting a mood through a funky build-up to almost straight rock climax with a tortured organ sounding like it is about to expire.

A highly commendable four stars - this is the sort of album that can open up the world of jazz to rock fans.

JonnyM79 | 4/5 |

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