Matthias Bublath: Second Angle (2008)
With the exception of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Luiza" the disc is comprised of Bublath's groovy original compositions, ranging from riff-based funkers like "Dump the Goose," "Pocket" and "Humidifier," to Afro- Cuban-influenced pieces like "B3 Choro" and "Africa." Bublath and company display impressive straight-ahead jazz chops on the hard swinging "On the Road Again" and the Horace Silver-sounding blues "Silver Shining."
Bublath is a forceful presence behind the organ, kicking strong bass lines, comping with a strong rhythmic drive and soloing with a feel-good fire. Organists will appreciate the stamina and originality displayed on the aforementioned "On the Road Again" and the title track, a simmering samba that brings an intense toe-tapping close to the session.
Collins and Bourgeois contribute edgy solos with just the right amount of lyricism to match Bublath's listener-friendly hooks. Calvaire proves a versatile drummer, shifting from one style to the next without missing a beat.
Second Angle is a wonderful showcase for this up-and-coming practitioner of the almighty Hammond. The disc begs for repeated listening.
Track Listing: Dump the Goose; Sweet Lady; B3 Choro; Africa; On the Road Again; Pocket; Douleur; Luiza; Humidifier; Silvershining; Second Angle.
Personnel: Matthias Bublath: Hammond B3 organ; Tim Collins: vibes; Scott Bourgeois: saxophone; Obed Calvaire: drums.
Record Label: Self Produced