Absolutely tasty laid-back guitar jazz Tomas Janzon – 130TH & LENOX: I’ll tell you right now, folks, this is (without question) the most absolutely tasty & laid-back guitar jazz I’ve listened to (yet) in 2019. Though the video below isn’t a LIVE recording from/for this album, it is a recording of Tomas performing the closer on the album, “The Crystal” (from a melody his mother used to sing for him when he was young)…
…Tomas has many more very pleasant videos posted, so be sure to SUBSCRIBE to his YouTube channel… I did.
I first reviewed Tomas guitar work way back in issue # 108, where he got great marks from my ears… this new album features Steve Nelson-vibes; Hilliard Greene-bass; Chuck McPherson-drums, Nedra Wheeler-bass and Donald Dean drums, and you’ll hear on tunes like the 5:17 “Somewhere Over Stockholm” that they’ve got “groove” down pat for you!
If you enjoy “different” time signatures in your jazz, you’ll fall in love with Tomas’s original, “Hypnagogic“, right away… 11/4, and it invades your space most pleasantly, holding you totally captivated for the entire 4:27 duration.
Of the eleven high-energy tunes Tomas presents for your jazz joy, I found the 4:58 “Monk’s Mood” to be my personal favorite… a masterful arrangement by Tomas that will have you hitting “replay” over & over again… I believe this one will be getting some MAJOR airplay on jazz stations ’round the globe.
I give Tomas and his musical companions a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this most memorable album. Get more information about Tomas and his music on the Tomas Janzon website. Rotcod Zzaj
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