It seems that the rhythm section (Darkovski, Drobicki, and Naumov) can handle anything that the brass section (Nikolovski, V.Dribicki, Bojadzhiski) throws at them and vice versa. There are impressive solos by Bojadzhiski on sax and Bujukliev on synth. "Are You Ready" has melodic leanings in the vein of Zorn's Masada Quartet, but all of that is playfully transposed and traversed by a dynamic rhythm section and bizarre synth sounds. The following tracks, "MVP" and "Say Hey," are nothing short of brilliant. And just to reiterate their inclination for instrumental reinvention, Sethstat closes this record with a recognizable yet slightly demented rendition of Billie Holiday's "God Bless The Child."
As for the sound, the production of Rolling Garage is more reminiscent of a rock album than a jazz recording. The interesting crossover between different genres and sounds on this record subverts any expectation concerning the structure and the melody of any given tune. This is just a very good, solid disc packed with strong performances and material.
Track Listing: One by One; Rolling Garage; Chopsticks; Are You Ready; Troyka; Say Hey; Flowers; MVP; God Bless the Child.
Personnel: Aleksandar Nikolovski: trumpet; Vasko Bojadziski: tenor saxophone; Vladan Drobicki: trombone; Pance Bujukliev: synthesizer, blues harp; Pavel Drobicki: electric bass guitar; Lazar Darkovski: drums; Goce Naumov: percussion.
Record Label: SJF Records
Style: Modern Jazz
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