Friday, 19 September 2014

Record Review - Berdon Kirksaether

Published in the Shortlist section of The Sydney Morning Herald, September 19.

Berdon Kirksaether & The Twang Bar Kings
Latenighters Under A Full Moon
Roller Records

Whilst a marriage of jazz and blues can, more often than not, disintegrate into little more than a series of extended solos, sonic masturbation from which there’s no escape, when done correctly, it’s a pleasure to behold.

Norwegian master Berdon Kirksaether is one whose compositional and guitar skill bring the two together in such a way that serves to highlight how these two hallowed genres can compliment, as opposed to overcrowd, one another.

Prominent in Norway through the ‘90s as leader of acclaimed blues band CIA, Kirksaether brings with him here a few CIA alumni and creates something new – a collection of subtle, solid, sweet jazz/blues fusions which never overstay their welcome, never overreach or under-perform.

From free-swinging guitar driven numbers to piano led boogies complimented with wavering horns, it’s an in the main up-tempo finger-snapper of an album, all instrumental, that presents both jazz and blues in a uniquely European setting – dark and slinky, yet bursting with innovation and poise. A contender for Roots Album of the Year.

Samuel J. Fell

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