Zetterberg’s lamenting bass opens Kaften. Gulz’s sparse piano creates the right mood. We think we are in for a relaxing session when all of a sudden, the tide turns, and we are caught in the middle of a windstorm. Fredriksson’s drums usher in Zetterberg’s relentless strumming. Doesn’t take long before the rest of the band joins in with Johnsson and Kullhammar duking it out in a battle of the reeds. Invigorating to say the least.
A rooster like sound from Kullhammar is a fitting introduction for this Mingus like romp. The Rhythm section swings the way Mingus used to during his finest moments. Familyfarm Blues is a shear delight. Johnsson and Kullhammer gel nicely throughout. Gulz offers some tasty piano as well.
A mid tempo selection, Fredneck, taken at an almost waltz like tempo. another exercise for the reeds. Smooth drumming from Fredriksson while Gulz takes a few delectable bars.
A lovely ballad, So This Is It, closes out this enjoyable set. Zetterberg and Gulz have a chance to stretch out on this one. Gulz’s opening piano is a beautiful intro to Zetterberg’s delicate bass playing. Fredriksson’s brush work make this selection all the more enjoyable.
The Torbjorn Zetterberg Hot Five [TZH5] are a group with a promising future. With drama, suspense and beautiful ensemble work woven into their music, they are a breath of fresh air to savour and enjoy.