Norwegian instrumental band Pymlico returns with an album titled Nightscape. Although the band is known for combining progressive rock and jazz fusion, the fusion side is actually smooth jazz, with very sweet, melodic saxophone.
There is a dynamic interaction between the high energy progressive rock, cinematic passages and the mellowed down sections.
The band includes Øyvind Brøter on keyboards; Stephan Hvinden on guitars; Andreas Sjo Engen on guitars; Axel Toreg Reite on bass and synth bass; Marie Færevaag on saxophones and keyboards; Arild Brøter on drums, keyboards and additional guitars; and Oda Rydning on percussion.
Guests: Mattias Krohn Nielsen on acoustic and some electric guitars; Ketil Vestrum Einarsen on flute; Didrik Føyn Føyen on trombone; and Andreas Fossum on trumpet.
Nightscape is a finely crafted instrumental album by a group of talented young musicians.
Paweł Ignatowicz – Here and Now (Mother of Invention Records, 2017)
Here and Now is the new solo album by Paweł Ignatowicz, a Polish guitarist currently living in New York. Paweł Ignatowicz various forms of guitars, including acoustic, electric, guitar syntheziser and electric sitar.
The material on Here and Now consists of melodic, easy to listen jazz instrumentals with smooth jazz and fusion influences plus a little Indian and Latin music as well. The guitar is highlighted throughout the album, creating fascinating sounds, even though Ignatowicz’s stick’s to conventional melodies.
The lineup on Here and Now includes Paweł Ignatowicz on guitars, guitar synth and electric sitar; Julian Shore on piano, keyboards; Edward Perez on bass; Jonathan Singer on tabla; and Ferenc Nemeth on drums.
Arthur Lipner – Two Hands, One Heart, Best of Arthur Lipner (Malletworks Media, 2015)
Two Hands, One Heart is a double CD set by vibraphone and marimba virtuoso Arthur Lipner. Disc 1 contains acoustic tracks, while disc 2 features an electric set. Although Lipner ventures into straight ahead jazz on occasions, most of the material on this album falls into the smooth jazz category.
On some pieces, Lipner adds Caribbean steelpans, Brazilian rhythms and melodies, and Argentine tango.