JAZZ

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

ALBUM eight from Fin­land’s Jimi Tenor presents a meet­ing point be­tween jazz, Afro rock, ex­ot­ica and dirty funk. Tenor’s col­lab­o­ra­tors are al­ways im­por­tant to his records and re­cruit­ing West African trio Kabu Kabu is his best choice since us­ing a Pol­ish orches­tra for 2000’ s Out of Nowhere. Songs such as Ari­ane and Any­where, Any­time make great use of a rhythm sec­tion that’s pre­pared to pick up a groove and run with it. While com­par­isons with the un­der­ground jazz of Strata East Records may be a lit­tle far- fetched, the echo of the righ­teous 1970s is present. Lyri­cally, Tenor re­mains the Arc­tic Cir­cle’s an­swer to Prince. Sex­ual sto­ry­telling abounds and, though oc­ca­sion­ally tip­ping into Austin Pow­ers ter­ri­tory, the mu­sic re­mains un­equiv­o­cally se­ri­ous. Tenor’s won­der­ful flute play­ing gets plenty of work and the guest ap­pear­ance of Ni­cholas Addo- Nettey, a for­mer per­cus­sion­ist for Fela Kuti, adds an air of Afro- rock au­then­tic­ity. Soul­ful and fun, Joy­s­tone is the ideal ti­tle for this mu­sic. Joy­s­tone Jimi Tenor and Kabu Kabu Ubiq­uity/ Creative Vibes

Sean Rabin

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