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Peter Rosenthal with The Orchestra & Trio Mio: Trickster

In brief:
"The trickster here is Rosenthal, who likes to present music that nobody expects and do something different each time out"

The trickster here is Rosenthal, who likes to present music that nobody expects and do something different each time out. It is considerably different from your average jazz album but that is not necessarily a good thing.

The music is a mixture that he has arranged for The Orchestra and added in his folk trio, Mio. The big-band charts are well arranged and played skilfully by all concerned although the emphasis appears to be on folk melodies rather than jazz. Ensembles are neatly arranged and there are occasional tenor sax or trombone solos coming through but overall, solos are a bit thin on the ground.

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Traditional folk songs are played by the trio of violin, piano and guitar, often joined halfway through by the full orchestra. The intriguingly titled Dieselvals begins as a folk song by the trio but is joined along the way by bass, drums, flute and finally the full orchestra.

A touch of avant-garde jazz is heard here and there, and the mixture is fluid enough to flow engagingly. It must be said though that the jazz content is extremely limited so if you go for it, you will need a love of jazz and modern folk music.

Discography
Solstik; Forste Brudestykke; Hu- Hej Hummel IE Vand; Geddefiskeren; Petuko; Sovearet; LSD; The Trickster; Dieselvals (42.55)
Peter Rosenthal with The Orchestra & Trio Mio: Peter Rosendal (p); Jens Ulvsand-Bouzouki (elg); Kristine Heebol (vn). Copenhagen, autumn 2019.
Stunt CD 19152

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