Tuesday, February 26, 2008

LTC A Different View

Crackling piano trio work from LTC -- a groovy Italian combo who burn things up nicely with this club jazz set for the Ricky Tick label! There's a tightness here that takes us back to some of the best European piano sets of the 60s -- influences from soul jazz, modal jazz, and a bit of bossa -- all wrapped up tightly in a tremendous balance between piano, bass, and drums -- grooving hard with a soulful, soaring power that never lets up! Think of some of the best classic piano sets on the Saba label from the 60s, and you've got a great idea of the sound here -- and as usual, the Ricky Tick production and presentation of the material seems to add an extra level of grooviness to the already-great music. Titles include a great remake of the Francy Boland groover "Just Give Me Time" -- plus "A Different View", "The Holy Ghost", "Magic Mirror", "Easy Does It", "Antony & Cleopatra's Love", "Shibuya Crossing", and "Breakfast With Silvia". Japanese CD features the bonus funky track "Japanese Crowd".
(Dusty Groove)

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