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Sunburst by Lasse Lindgren

For many years, Scandinavian musicians/ensembles have brought ingenuity and modernist type aspects to the jazz-derived idiom. Check out the hordes of releases by Nordic artists on Germany’s ECM Records for example. But this endeavor led by Finnish bassist Lasse Lindgren seems like a mimicking job of vintage Pat Metheny Group. For example, guitarists Tuommo Dahlblom and Teemu Viinikainen incorporate Metheny’s familiar mid-Western USA tinged jazz vibe throughout a good portion of this endeavor.

The cloning aspect surfaces from the opening moments of the first piece titled "Sunburst," where the quintet rummages through typical Metheny style melodies and group-based progressions. The following track "Speedy," leans a bit more towards a quasi, country-rock/jazz groove. Otherwise, pianist Samuli Mikkonen shines as a strong soloist via his rhythmically placed block chords on yet another Metheny stylization heard on "Wild Bill." Okay, so the music is pleasant enough, although many of these works lack sustainable themes. And the band is indubitably tight. Then again, Metheny does it all so much better, which in turn broaches the multi-million dollar question: Why bother?

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lasse Lindgren
  • CD Title: Sunburst
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Rating: Two Stars
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