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Jake Mason Trio: The Stranger In The Mirror

Jake Mason Trio: The Stanger In The Mirror

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UK release date 11.05.2018

"The Grain Store" starts off as a very measured affair with a swinging nola type gospel-infused groove with guitarist James Sherlock stamping his authority all over this one, turning out a tasty solo that just makes you want plenty more of what he and this cracking trio are serving. The slow rhumba of "The Stranger In The Mirror" is a highly evocative ditty that sounds like it should be gracing a Tarantino movie ("From Dusk To Dawn") - think, Salma Hayek doing her 'snake dance' - hot stuff indeed! The blustery "Rib Eye" a fast swing slice of magic, shows the chops of this grooving outfit and they are mighty - giving drummer, Danny Fischer a chance to drop some jazz bombs and take centre place.

The understated funkiness of "Please, Please, Please" reminds of George Harrison's "Isn't It A Pity" and is adorned with some simply stunning baritone adding a welcome addition. Perhaps where this band veer from other traditional organ trios is their cinematic side, which gives them the edge and the excellent "People Two & One", their standout track, sounds like Dave Gilmour has become a jazzer! It's got that Pink Floyd vibe and is the epitome of a slow-burning gem. These guys really have excelled themselves in pushing the boundaries of soul jazz and on the quality of what's on offer, a scintillating killer of epic proportions.

Needless to say, the trio's willpower drives their music forward in a highly refined approach, which definitely marks them out as a distinctive proposition - their production sounds like a Rudy Van Gelder classic... swing it daddio! Let's hope they make it this side of the pond where they would go down an absolute storm!
Words Emrys Baird

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