Bangalore Breakdown: Song
Diary (Black Coffee Music BCM 003)
Gino Sitson (vocals), Nathan Peck (bass), Todd Isler (frame drum), Mathias Kunzli (percussion).
Composed by Uli Geissendoerfer.
Recorded: New York, February 2007
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
The world-jazz movement is gaining steam every day, which can be nothing but a good thing for music and for the world. Bangalore Breakdown consists of Americans, Swiss, Indians, a Russian and a Cameroonian. (I hope I got everybody.) Co-leader keyboardist Uli Geissendoerfer wrote "Song," whose infectious melody is supported by Latin rhythms and sensibilities. But other world influences are also heard. Premik Russell Tubbs takes a far-reaching solo as the tune swings. The chorus features affecting Gino Sitson wordless vocals sung along with Tubbs's sax. Geissendoerfer offers a fine exploration of his own before the song takes flight with a series of phrases designed to carry us along. For the tune's last section, the band does indeed break things down. As the song fades away, percussionist Mathias Kunzli creatively supports the dissipating calls and responses. Bangalore Breakdown is an ensemble made from the continents, playing music that is an argument for establishing worldwide normalization of relations. Do you get my continental drift?
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky
Tags: world music