Totally unique jazz collective Tri-tone Asylum – THE HIDEAWAY SESSIONS: With that band title, I was expecting something quite different from what I heard when I listened… a totally unique jazz collective that you’ll be hearing much more from in the months (and years) to come. Get a feel for their style from this video first…
You’ll be able to watch and hear many more performances if you SUBSCRIBE to their YouTube channel (as I did, right away).
I particularly enjoyed tunes like “Schizophrenic“, with its underlying current of funky groove – a totally solid performance. I predict this 10:03 jazz gem will be getting a LOT of airplay from DJ’s (especially jazz shows) ’round the globe!
A truly laid-back feel on “The Road to Hue” attracted my ears to it right away… this composition shows a versatility of style that many jazz bands never achieve… I loved it.
You’ll hear EVI from Philip Topping; saxophone by Ian Vo, Allen Mascari, Gary Herbig; guitar from Andy Waddell; keyboards by Mitch Forman, Henri Wilkinson; bass from Peter Sepsis; drums by Dave Johnstone percussion from Baba Sissoko, Billy Hulting and vocals by Baba Sissoko; on songs like the high-energy Latin-flavored opener, “Grasshopper“, you’ll find yourself getting up and dancing ’round the room!
My choice for personal favorite of the eight exciting originals they play for us is “The 54 Blues“… definitely the blues as you’ve never heard it before… the synth lines just SMOKE on this tune, folks.
I give Tri-tone Asylum a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98. Get more information on the Blue Canoe records page for the album. Rotcod Zzaj
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