Friday, July 10, 2009

Review -- THE GORDON GRDINA TRIO -- ...If Accident Will

The Gordon Grdina Trio
Plunge Records
The Gordon Grdina Trio takes jazz into the world of the inspired, the experimental, the slightly wild, and the always interesting.
We shouldn't expect less given that his own bio states “Grdina is a Vancouver based Oud/Guitarist whose sound is a combination of his interests in mainstream jazz, free-form improvisation and Arabic classical music.”
That gives you a bit if an understanding of what ... If Accident Will is about.
Joined by Tommy Babin on bass and Kenton Loewen on drums, Grdina uses his interest in Arabic classical music well in that it is clearly heard in most of the instrumental pieces here as a unifying element for the CD.
The influence comes to the forefront on 229, the CD's second cut, and from there on your ear connects to the underlying rhythm of Arabia.
There is some particularly gentle Arabic guitar work on Cobble Hill / Renunciation.
While only nine pieces are included here, they are substantial ones and the trio lets themselves go, delving into the combinations of musical styles, letting the music live and breath and develop as it wants too. They are wise to do so, because it takes some nice curves along the way, going off the beaten path to investigate some interesting side roads of jazz.
This is a CD where you can grasp what the Grdina Trio is out to do, bringing the Arabic flavour to jazz. However, it is an experiment in terms of how they accomplish it, and that is what makes this CD work.
The first listen will capture your attention, but this is the sort of music which you will find little nuances that impress anew three, four, five spins later. That is what make it a truly compelling jazz effort.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 8, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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