Jonas Hellborg Group: Moving





E (Day Eight Music DEM 033)

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Jonas Hellborg (bass),

Jens Johansson (organ), Anders Johansson (drums)


Composed by Jonas Hellborg


Recorded: Greenpoint, NY, 1994


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

For a time there in the late '80s and early '90s, the prolific bassist Jonas Hellborg seemed to be putting out an album every couple of months. Since he owned his own label Day Eight Music, there was nobody around telling him he could not. The power trio he had with the Johansson brothers was one of his more entertaining and intriguing partnerships. Doing Medeski Martin & Wood one better is the result.

"Moving" is a pile-driving groove war machine. The band exploits several weaknesses in the enemy's defense to change intensity, direction and tempo. In every case, they break through and, following well-grooved tracks, make steady headway. A slow midsection is played to evade landmines. But once the music is clear of that danger, it is full throttle ahead with howitzer lobbing and machine guns blazing. I would advise evasive maneuvers.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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