Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Jazz/Jazzrock/Fusion | Heft: Jahrgang 2013, eclipsed Nr. 150 / 5-2013 | VÖ-Jahr: 2013 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Altrock | Autor: AS

The Belgian jazz rock ensemble Humble Grumble presents "Guzzle It Up!", their sixth album (the second on the Milan old rock label). New drummer Jonathan Callens brings a breath of fresh air to the octet's humorous jazz rock melange, peppered with quotations and shaped by many styles. Otherwise the album seamlessly follows on from its 2011 predecessor "Flanders Fields". And that means: fun jazzy skirt, which reminds of Frank Zappa respectively Captain Beefheart with its rapidly changing persiflage or shrill interludes. Beside saxophone and bass clarinet the vibraphone and partly wild vocals dominate, which often come along overly kitschy, hit-like or trivialized and give the music a strong ironic note. If one imagines that the members of Soft Machine would put their undoubtedly gifted musical talents to the service of bizarre humour under a not inconsiderable rush of champagne and/or grass, then what Humble Grumble are once again fabricating here comes pretty close.

Top track: The Campfire Strikes Back

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