Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Alpha Centauri - 1980 - 20.33

Alpha Centauri
1980
20:33


01. Sangria 4:24
02. Ten Minutes Later 4:00
03. Sirius 4:55
04. Tivoli 4:05
05. 3rd Kind 5:46
06. 20:33    4:04
07. Yellow Girl 4:38
08. Majdag 4:30

Recorded at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, June and November 1980

- Bo Stief (Bass)
- Ole Theill (Drums)
- Bjarne Roupe (Guitar)
- Jørgen Emborg (Keyboards)
- Palle Mikkelborg (Trumpet)


I bought this album on vinyl shortly after it was released in 1980 (Actually my grandfather did), and it's had a special place in my record collection ever since. Fans of early Pat Metheny will appreciate this Danish group's sound -- playful, evocative, and melodic. I was astounded to discover that this forgotten gem had been re-released in CD format. If the Pat Metheny Group's eponymous 1978 album is your idea of a great jazz record, then you'll likely appreciate "20:33," which was obviously influenced by it, yet brings many new influences to bear. Throroughly enjoyable, with fine performances throughout.

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