Urban Hansson: All Of Me
All of Me
Urban Hansson (flute)
Flute Fascination (GillboLaget Records)
Recorded: Sollentuna, Sweden, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
In a bold set of intimate duets pairing the flute with various instruments, Swedish flautist nee tenor sax man Urban Hansson offers a quirky smorgasbord of jazz standards, amid a smattering of interesting originals. His technique wavers between straightforward Herbie Mann-erisms and vintage Jethro Tull-ery at times and his approach on this particular cut recalls the initial, jazzier days of Ian Anderson. That said, Hanssonís ďAll of MeĒ is an entertaining listen, as he and guitarist Andreas Oberg give this old chestnut the jazz Manouche treatment.
Oberg introduces the track with enticing chord slapping and harp harmonics on his signature AJL grande bouche acoustic before launching into a spirited pompe, over which Hanssonís flute growls breathlessly. The young guitar phenomís aggressive Django-style solo stands alone for two meaty choruses before the two bring the lively jam home. It may not be cutting-edge, but this version is still a fun romp thatís not hard on the ears.
Reviewer: Bill Barnes