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Koppel, Blade, Koppel: Time Again

Koppel,  Blade, Koppel: Time Again
This multi-generational trio featuring the Danish father/son team of Benjamin Koppel (alto sax) and Anders Koppel (organ), alongside ace drummer Brian Blade, is a decidedly forward-looking affair. But it also pays homage to classic jazz's boundless joy and irreverent spirit with a sly wink and more than a few joyous surprises.

Blade's often explosive, polyrhythmic cyclone meshes seamlessly with Anders' bubbling organ articulations. Benjamin's alto sax work deftly rides the grooves while jabbing in unexpected angular asides, creating a vibrant and dynamic listening experience.

The band launches the production with the perky "Puerto Rican Rumble," abetted by Benjamin's fluidly melodic notes, merged with mellower intervals and Anders' clever accents. Meanwhile, the alto saxophonist embarks upon a sprightly flight pattern atop Blade's musical drumming, complete with multi-hued cymbal shadings and the trio's crisp unison choruses. The momentum builds due to Benjamin's soaring lines towards the closeout, making it impossible to sit still.

The snazzy proceedings are tempered during the sultry ballad "If You Forget Me," featuring the saxophonist's gorgeous phrasings amid gentle support from his bandmates. Here, the organist stretches out via silvery-toned voicings, creating a lush backdrop that perfectly complements Benjamin's expressive sax lines. It is a tune that could make you close your eyes and float away.

All the compositions are by the Koppels except for the estimable pianist Kenny Werner's "Fall From Grace." This track is launched with Anders' softly outlined rendering of the main theme amid Blade's steady brushstrokes and Benjamin's somber narratives. It is a thoughtful piece highlighting the trio's ability to execute introspective material gracefully.

"Blind Man" brings the album to a close with a meditative vibe. Benjamin's saxophone echoes softly, like a voice calling out from the depths of time, while Anders' organ and Blade's delicate rhythms create a serene and contemplative atmosphere.

Koppel Blade Koppel has breathed new life into cherished musical idioms on Time Again. This is a family affair brimming with celebratory zest and captivating surprises, the perfect soundtrack for cutting loose or chilling within the sheer power of jazz. This album proves that while time marches on, the timeless spirit of jazz remains as vibrant and joyful as ever.

Track Listing

Puerto Rican Rumble; If You Forget Me; Mavis; Bazaar Revisited; Time Again; Fall From Grace; Should Have Put A Ring On It; Blind Man.

Personnel

Benjamin Koppel
saxophone, alto
Anders Koppel
organ, Hammond B3

Album information

Title: Time Again | Year Released: 2024 | Record Label: Cowbell Music


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