Grafitti: Moonshine






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Dennis Chambers (drums),

Haakon Graf (keyboards), Ulf Wakenius (guitar), Gary Grainger (bass)


Composed by Haakon Graf


Recorded: Oslo, Norway, 1993


Rating: 83/100 (learn more)

Take Return to Forever, replace Al Di Meola with Larry Coryell, add a taste of light groove funk, and you get Grafitti. (Yes, that's how they spell it.) Ulf Wakenius, the band's actual guitarist, is quite accomplished in his own right, and this comparison is no slight to him whatsoever. But that is what the music sounds like. Grafitti toured the U.S. in 1994 and wowed audiences with their tight fusion displays. As with many artists, their live performances were more impressive than their recordings. This album is no exception. Even so, "Moonshine" is a wonderfully catchy tune that has jazz chops to spare. Its head is one that you will find yourself humming days later. And of course any record that features Dennis Chambers on drums is not chopped liver.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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  • 1 Funkalectual // Dec 13, 2008 at 11:08 AM
    This lineup is incredible. Some european newspaper wrote " Better than their idols " about Haakon Graf and Ulf Wakenius back in 1978. Wish they would get the management / booking agent they deserve.