Jazz In The Stone Age, the new CD from jazz trio Jazz Folk has parcels of blues, folk, and soul jazz as pianist Matt McMahon leads the pack flanked by bassist Peter Scherr and drummer Simon Baker. The opening track “Corinna” has a ‘70s blues style reflective of Booker T. Jones which transitions into the smooth pop timbres of “That Song About The Midway.” Their playing is tight and the trio keeps the tracks palpitating with a leisurely swagger.
The piano keys hook around the lounging grooves of “Nobody’s Fault But My Own” creating a reflective mood with a paddling rhythm that ambles at a comfortable pace. The brushed strokes of “Tropicalian Shadows” produce an island vibe as the keys cleave softly into the melodic swells. The wispy tendrils of “Pale Blue Eyes” are piston by feathered keys which flare up along the well-defined grooves of “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” The gospel-tinged aura of “To Lay Me Down” cradle the listener in succor-enriched harmonies, and the frazzled vibrations coloring “Cold Brains” have an industrial-bent varnished with a metallic glint in the cascading keys which move in deranged forms.
The trio of Jazz Folk shows influences of ‘70s blues and modern soul jazz with a hint of ambient folk. The trio pendulums between eclectic and melodic sounding, always aware of each other’s presence as they play off one another and add on new verses that support the overall thematic schemes.
Peter Scherr – bass, Simon Baker – drums, and Matt McMahon – piano
Corinna, That Song About The Midway, Nobody’s Fault But My Own, Tropicalian Shadows, Pale Blue Eyes, All Tomorrow’s Parties, To Lay Me Down, Cold Brains
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