Guitarist and composer Haftor Medboe delivers with his latest album New: Happy an engaging assortment of Contemporary jazz compositions. Performed with Konrad Wiszniewski, Chris Greive, Eva Malling, Signy Jakobsdottir and guest Tommy Harmonica this album is a startling group work The music shows a great interplay inside the collective. Notable is trombonist Chris Greive, who sets a wonderful groove.
Haftor Medboe Group appeal is hearted within its conjunctive brew to interact heterogeneous styles into a special musical atmosphere that conveys feathered soundscapes. The sextet channels through the eight pleasant pieces via enacted harmonies and nicely sound spaces. The music of this album defines a unique style which blends elements of Contemporary jazz with high energy and artistry. Konrad Wiszniewski and Chris Greive create an exchange of swing while the guitar explores the tunes "New : Happy", "These Little Things", "Fri Bo", "Tys Tys" with a dreamy mood. Brilliant are the voices of Greive on trombone and Wiszniewski playing the saxophones on "Heartrush." On this, Haftor Medbøe adds a notch of tension.
Haftor Medboe is an artist very active on the Scottish scene, supported by Scottish Arts Council; his voice fits perfectly in wide contexts. This wonderful release New: Happy conveys great music reaching fulfillment and intensity. Highly recommended.