Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Burnin Red Ivanhoe - 1971 - W.W.W

Burnin Red Ivanhoe

01. Second Floor, Croydon (8:37)
02. W.W.W. (6:07)
03. Avez-Vous Kaskelainen (4:47)
04. Kaske-Vous Karse Mose (3:49)
05. All About All (4:08)
06. Oblong Serenade (6:25)
07. Cucumber-Porcupine (5:21)

- Kim Menzer / flute, trombone, harmonica, Tenor saxophone, percussion
- Ole Fick / guitars, vocals
- Karsten Vogel / Alto & Soprano saxophone, organ, piano
- Jess Staer / bass, acoustic guitar
- Bo Thrige Andersen / drums, percussion

Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe was formed back in 1967 in Denmark. Their style is an interesting blend of early scandinavian jazz/art-rock and R&B. The band’s approach to music is quite refreshing and original, the album has an uplifting and very energetic (almost naive) mood. The music has a certain scandinavian touch, difficult to explain.

Lots of instruments (flute, sax, trombone, piano, organ, acoustic & electric guitars etc.), which is always nice, and there’s a lot of variation in the mix, as the guys are not afraid to use some of the more exotic instruments..

Obviously the band was having time to tour England and they wrote this excellent track about their hotel in Croydon after a gig in Fairfield Hall where Menzer’s flute resembles that of Traffic’s Chris Wood. Some of the other sonic similarities that can be heard are reminiscent of the excellent German group Out Of Focus. The title track starts out dreamily as an oriental-desert psyched-out trip: you could almost see the early 70's hippies crossing Iran on their way to Kathmandu in their Combi VW while listening to this. Close to the best German groups such as Embryo, this track is a pure delight. With almost no transition we veer into Kaskelain, which is definitely more dynamic and brilliantly played and ends up in motif that is exactly the one that the next track uses to pick up the pieces. Karsemore, this tracks starts almost basic but soon veers into a demented jazz-psyched out rock. Cool stuff and the band is on top of their game in this lengthy three-piece suite. After another stand out track “Oblong Serenade” is a phenomenal succession of blistering solos over a great rhythm and a fitting outro for the album.

Traffic, Out Of Focus, Colosseum… Does it not make your mouth salivate?

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