Review: WILD Card - Everything Changes
|Date of Release:||2012|
|Label:||Top End Records|
|Country of Release:||UK|
|Sub-Genre/s:||Nu-Jazz, Contemporary, Modern|
|Date of Review:||2012/05/27|
Wild Card's Everything Changes was released in the last few months on the Top Ends label. Essentially an organ trio led by guitarist Clément Régert with keyboardist Andrew Noble on Hammond and Rhodes and drummer Sophie Alloway, Wild Card here are strongly augmented by special guest musicians Roberto Manzin on sax and flute, Dennis Rollins on 'bone and trumpeter Graeme Flowers.
Described as Nu-Jazz, Everything Changes also compares somewhat to smooth jazz. An enjoyable, light listen, while being a part of the organ trio revival of recent years. The album's thirteen tracks are made up of five Régert originals and seven classics, including Barron's Sunshower, and an Oasis pop standard, Noel Gallagher's Wonderwall. This up-beat instrumental interpretation of the last manages to actually make the tune sound like something.
Régert is an excellent guitarist with a distinctive style, Alloway probably the finest female drummer on the Brit scene, while Noble ranges from excellent to exquisite on Hammond. Even non-Hammond connoisseurs might have wished to have heard the latter a bit more prominently perhaps, actually. But, even though this excellent trio do play alone on some of the tracks, overall one sometimes gets the impression that Messrs. Manzin (one of the most versatile saxophonists on the UK scene), Rollins (despite only playing on three tracks!) and Flowers somehow tend to dominate Everything Changes and indeed even are the force that really makes the album! The soloing is excellent all round, yet it is these three guests' solos that immediately grab most of the attention and persist in the memory the most. Sad to say, French rapper B'loon seems more than a bit surplus to requirements in all this and even out of place. She just does not seem to add anything of substance to the album.
Even if not the most consistent of albums, Wild Card's Everything Changes nonetheless has a certain chic and even charm and is an attractive listen. There also are some solid, funky Latin/Latin-inspired grooves that were just made for dancing! Just enjoy!
1. Intro (C. Régert) - 1:45
Credits:WILD Card -
Clément Régert - guitars
Sophie Alloway - drums, percussion
Andrew Noble - Hammond Organ, Rhodes
Dennis Rollins - trombone (2, 4, 12)
Graeme Flowers - trumpet (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10,12)
Roberto Manzin - saxophone, flute (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10)
B'loon - rap (1, 12)
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