Nitty Gritty (Mixed-Up Mu­sic MUM-001)

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Tim Rollinson has rare con­trol over the aes­thet­ics of his gui­tar sound. When he ap­plies dis­tor­tion it doesn’t so much dirty it up as give it an edge and make it glint. When the sound is cleaner it’s never an­ti­sep­tic, but has a warmth and full­ness to draw you into his ideas. His ma­te­rial is funk-based, and while it veers close to smooth jazz on oc­ca­sion it never quite tips over that line. It’s a mat­ter of vi­brancy, a qual­ity that Rollinson es­pouses in an un­der­stated way. Help­ing the cause are three equally groove-con­scious and sonic-con­scious mu­si­cians in Shan­non Stitt (Rhodes, Wurl­itzer, Ham­mond and syn­the­siz­ers), Alexan­der Hewet­son (bass) and Nic Ce­cire (drums). The tunes are mostly kept quite short, so the so­los are pithy and the ideas never out­stay their wel­come. John Shand [www.john­s­hand.com.au]

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