3

Arno Haas: Magic Hands

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Could it get any funkier than this, any deeper into the groove? It's doubtful. Saxophonist Arno Haas has, with Magic Hands, crafted a sound that's as tight and danceable as anything that James Brown's Famous Flames conjured back in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

"You Better Watch Out," a blast of fusion, opens the set with a slashing guitar, tight horn work, funky bass lines, all sweetened by a swirling organ breeze, with the leader slicing through the sound on a hot alto saxophone. "Leap of Faith" is more of the same. This is music meant for good times, for dancing.

Born and based in Germany, Haas traveled—at the suggestion of the set's producer and main keyboardist, Tom Saviano—to Los Angeles, home to so many of the great musicians, to record Haas' songs. The results are very American in mood—soulful and urban, with the precision and polish of the great Motown Records arrangements of the early 70s.

"Don't Doubt My Love" veers slightly from the soul groove, sounding more like a dreamy, pastoral tune from the songbook of saxophonist Jan Garbarek, with Haas on the soprano saxophone. The title tune rides a relaxed groove and gets the feet moving, and "Spin Cycle" kicks the fusion mood up a couple of notches, with Haas sounding tangy on the soprano horn.

These are rousing sounds that say it's time to party, time to pull on the dancing shoes.

Track Listing: You Better Watch Out; A Leap of Faith; Don't Doubt My Love; B Dog C; Night Moves; One More Dance; Magic Hands; Spin Cycle; Sahara Nights; All For You.

Personnel: Arno Hass: saxophones; Michael Friedinger: keyboards (1); Carmen Grillo (1, 4, 7, 9) : guitar; Joel Taylor: drums (1, 4,7, 9); Thomas Nell: trumpet 91); Scott Canady: bass (2, 5, 6); Brian Bromberg: bass (1, 3, 4, 7,9); Tom Saviano: keyboards (2,3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10), alto saxophone (8); Jeff Golub: guitar: (2, 5); Thom Rotella: guitar (2, 3, 10); Lenny Castro: percussion (2); Lee Thornburg: trumpet (2); Vinnie Colaiuta: drums (3); Arno Lucas: percussion (3, 10); Randy Walderman: piano (4, 7, 9); Land richards: drums (5, 10); Tony Moore: drums (6); Bill Champlain: guitar, vocals (6); Shaun LaBelle: bass (8); Stokely Williams: drums (8); Dave Berry: guitar (8);Everette Harp: tenor saxophone (8); Ramon Yslas: percussion (9); Stanley Sergeant: bass (10).

Title: Magic Hands | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Foxtones


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read For the Love of You CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Triple Double CD/LP/Track Review Triple Double
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Agrima CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 21, 2017
Read The Study of Touch CD/LP/Track Review The Study of Touch
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2017
Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "Songbook" CD/LP/Track Review Songbook
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 7, 2017
Read "Harmony of Difference" CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read "Through The Glass" CD/LP/Track Review Through The Glass
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 25, 2017
Read "Living In Twilight" CD/LP/Track Review Living In Twilight
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 31, 2017
Read "Happy Madness" CD/LP/Track Review Happy Madness
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 7, 2017
Read "Fistfight At The Barndance" CD/LP/Track Review Fistfight At The Barndance
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 14, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.