Anders Nilsson's Aorta: Blood (2004)
While there are whiffs of Tony Williams' Lifetime and '70s work by John McLaughlin and, of course, Miles Davis, Aorta has its own fingerprint, thanks in large part to Nilsson's twisting compositions. The guitar and horn work is aggressively virtuosic and the rhythm section demonically driving. Aorta revives, refreshes and continues several areas of jazz, some still kicking and others moribund.
Electric jazz has attempted comebacks of late. Aorta plows ahead as if the glory days never passed. Some of Nilsson's compositions seem to show an awareness of the work of contemporary innovators like Henry Threadgill. Finally, Aorta makes daring forays into freely improvised music. Blood is garage jazz at a high level.
Track Listing: 1. Blood Of The Soul; 2. Mr. WC; 3. Trails Of Blood; 4. Reminders; 5. Hint House; 6. Daily Blues; 7. Soundgarden; 8. Booo-Geee!; 9. Let's Music.
Personnel: Anders Nilsson - electric guitar & voice; Mattias Carlson - tenorsax, electrified altosax & voice; David Carlsson - electric bass; Peter Nilsson - drums.
Style: Modern Jazz