Oddjob: Koyo (2004)
And so goes the disc—a mix of modernistic and the mainstream, bringing Miles Davis from the mid-sixties into the eighties to mind a great deal.
My initial impression—this from a reviewer with an acoustic preference—was that Koyo sounded a bit sterile; the same initial impression I entertained on first hearing those Marcus Miller/Miles Davis records. But a few spins of the disc—an acclimation of sorts—revealed a quintet working a some tight grooves over sharp-edged arrangements backed by a superbly flexible drummer.
"Return of the Party Animal" cooks, brassily; and "Must", with bass/sax/trumpet/vibes closes the show on an intropective note that brought Henry Threadgill's Everybody's Mouth's a Book (Pi Records, '01) to mind.
A somewhat derivative but still pretty damned good set.
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Track Listing: Their Song, Malmo-Lund, Man Machine, Titanic, Leadhead, I Am Sailing, Return of the Party Animal, Must
Personnel: Daniel Karlsson--piano, wurlitzer; Per "Rusktrask" Johansson--saxes; Goran Kajfe--trumpet; Janne Robertson--drums; Peter Forss--bass
Record Label: Amigo Musik
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock