Wednesday, August 09, 2023

Florian Arbenz’s “Conversations #9 – Targeted” with Arno Kryger and Greg Osby

I briefly noted the concert in June by drummer Florian Arbenz's Truth, with Arno Kryger (Hammond) and Percy Pursglove (flugelhorn), during the Bird's Eye Jazz Club's Hammond week. I didn't mention the wonderful arrangements of Eddie Harris's "Freedom Jazz Dance", Victor Feldman and Miles Davis's "Seven Steps to Heaven", and George and Ira Gershwin's "I Loves You, Porgy". Along with three Arbenz originals, the three tunes feature on Arbenz's excellent album "Conversations #9 – Targeted", with Kryger on Hammond and Greg Osby on saxophones, which came out in April this year. "I Loves You, Porgy" is particularly haunting as it hovers with shimmering organ chords and Osby's slow and beautiful melody lines. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 9 August 2023)

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