Lets us start by saying our knowledge of boogie woogie starts with Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard and ends with Jools Holland with very little in between and certainly nothing pre 1950’s, so how authentic or innovative the new album from the Otmar Binder Trio is we have no idea but we certainly have a deep understanding of how absorbing it is, the nonstop reaction of heart and limbs testifies to that. Boogie Woogie Turnaround is a blast of warm and enchanting instrumental tracks which light up the senses and excite the day with enthused passion and flair from musicianship which simply dazzles.
Released September 24th through Jump River Records, Boogie Woogie Turnaround is the fulfilment of a dream of Otmar Binder, to play with the most accomplished and instinctive genre musicians. The record sees him playing the piano alongside Alexander Lackner on bass and Michael Strasser on drums as the Otmar Binder Trio but also features the immense skills of pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole and multi instrumentalist Christian Dozzler on certain tracks, as well as Geri Schuller and Charlie Furthner elsewhere. The result is a magnetic and mesmeric release, organic and heart borne which is inspired by and a return to, as Bonder says, “…some of my first strong musical experiences, hearing people like the German boogie-player Axel Zwingenberger in the early eighties,” his passion for the music and seed of his dream beginning, “…when his father brought him home the debut album Shake That Boogie-Woogie by the Mojo Blues Band.”
The seventeen all new pieces which make up the album are tracks which are nicely varied, many offering an extra breath of folk, blues, and emotive atmospheres to transport one into vivid scenes and lives. Composed by Binder alone or in collaboration, the songs not only leave thoughts deep in relaxed warmth or heated energy but also portray the obvious fun which was felt by their creators during recording them. Tracks like the boisterous Homerun, Steamin’ Away with its sizzling harmonica sounds, and the feel good At Last with its piano suns lighting every corner of the senses, just ignite and energise the passions, the tracks smiling with melodic skills and the unmistakable eagerness and love of their conjurers.
In pieces like Changes To Be Made and the riveting blues number Bluesprint, the band plays upon emotions, drawing on and inspiring feelings and thoughts with rich emotive caresses and whispers from the depth of the heart to leave one captivated and enthralled by every note. As with all songs they are uncomplicated and honest, offering nothing less than quality sounds and evocative weaves of charm and compulsive energies.
The biggest highlights come with the opener Southbound with its glorious bass seduction, the gentle enrapturing expressive journey of Brighton To Boston, and the southern blues stomp of Sugar Cane, its mouth organ a thrilling melodic flare. Every song though offers a delicious dish of natural pleasure, simple rock n roll to drift away in or party to.
As stated we do not know a lot about boogie woogie but we know a good time and the Otmar Binder Trio ensure that is the very least you will get from Boogie Woogie Turnaround.
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