Various Artists - Spiritual Jazz 2 EuropeJazzman
Jazzman records are routinely dropping gems and this fine collection of jazz classics is no exception. Dedicated to the late UK Pianist Michael Garrick, “Spiritual Jazz 2 Europe” features unreleased material that centers on the 60’s UK Jazz evolution. The opening track “Communion” by Trombonist Erich Kleinschuster and his sextet is a modal jazz treat filled with Rhodes and strings. “Archangelo” by Raphael is avant-garde spiritual jazz with a shivering chorus. Barney Wilen continues on this path with the fiery “Africa Freakout” that features shimmering Tenor riffs layered over a tasty rhythm guitar and is certainly one of the highlights. Serbian Trumpeter Dusko Goykovic also delivers with “Bosma Calling. This is a very strong release that would fit nicely in the playlist of any Jazz aficionado who appreciates the spirited compositions of Trane and Pharoah. There are great performances throughout and provides insight into the history of some of the esteemed composers/musicians of UK Jazz.
Reg Dancy, 06/12