Dutch guitarist Bernhard Reinke leads his band Roller Coaster through ten original instrumental tracks of modern electric jazz on 1999's Moving Images, the group's second record after 1996's Under Your Skin.
Reinke's songs include heavy fusion like "Mauna Loa," slow ballads like "Once," light Holdsworth-style chordal tunes like "Du Vent," syncopated grooves like "Angel on my Wing," and clean guitar romps like "On the Road." He rolls through melodic jazz heads, but he isn't afraid to rip out a rock-style lead or fingerpick clean, almost country music chord lines. The arrangements move through extended lead passages, occasionally stretching too long like in the closing track "Paravan."
Reinke is equally adept at shimmering Allan Holdsworth-style chords, percussive clean lines, fat jazz melodies, and searing fusion leads. His slick guitar sound moves through chorused leads and chiming clean chords. The stereo spread on the guitar sound dominates the recording, relegating the keyboards and bass to largely minor roles. The bass drum and toms punch through for a more modern, rock-style sound. The electric bass has a woody growl, and occasional slap bass adds a touch of smooth jazz funk.
Bernhard Reinke's smooth guitar work carries Roller Coaster through ten tracks of solid modern instrumental jazz which should appeal to fans of versatile electric playing.
Track Listing: 1. Short Circuit; 2. On The Road; 3. Du Vent; 4. Suite For Tomorrow; 5. Mauna Loa; 6. Once; 7. Angel On
My Wing; 8. Sha-Kuma; 9. Missing Link; 10. Paravan.
Personnel: Taco Gorter: drums, percussion; Bernhard Reinke: electric guitar; Arthur Rombouts: keyboards; Erik
Schoonderwoerd: electric bass.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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