up with swinging and polished steel playing in "A Smooth One"
- which soon turns into "I'll Always Be In Love With You" beautifully
sung by Petra Odenman. Lots of cool steel plus an elegant guitar break
by Mats "Marshall" Karlsson. BTW, both Petra and Marshall are
Jan's compadres in the outfit Steel 'n Blues.
"Vintage Vibe Shuffle" (recognized with pleasure by us Gothenburg
blues aficionados) at break neck speed. Petra again of course - and wow:
(guesting Texas guitar slinger deluxe) whips out a nice solo.
"Liquid Sun" (Jan's original) we glide into a world of infinitely
beautiful fusion jazz. Amazing steel colourings - but on this track Jan
also performs some stellar playing on a regular six string.
fusion with Zawinul's "Birdland" (makes me think of the beloved
Swedish fusion band Hawk On Flight) - a shade funkier than the previous
track. Man, I love this stuff...
off into swinging blues in Jan's original "Two-Timin' Lover".
Petra on vocals and Marshall & Olle on guitars. Plus smoky blue steel
breaks from Jan.
and jazzy playing - an idyllic Swedish countryside vibe - on Max Schultz'
midnight funk in Jan's original "All My Might": wet asphalt
'n' gleaming neon lights, Los Angeles is never far away. And then Lady
Petra slithers sensuously into the speakers... Towards the end Jan shines
on a guitar solo: Carlton & Ritenour would have been proud.
Wonder's hit "I Wish" is a mainstay in the repertoire of Steel
'n Blues. Petra really goes for it and the band pushes hard: Pow, pow,
swinging steel on a Charlie Parker medley - did you visit "Club Guitarland"
by any chance?
and finally Monk's "'Round Midnight": a tour de force. Perhaps
my favourite track. Masterful steel of course. And Marshall adds such
a beautiful guitar solo.
When reading the list of players below (taken off the CD sleeve) you will
find that Jan plays "software instruments". He has himself created
the instrumental environment, the sounds of a backup band: keyboards,
vibes, bass, drums, percussion et al. Completely convincing. No 'player
piano' feel whatsoever, no 'sampled background' feel. On the contrary:
this CD sounds very 'live' - and very cool and funky. Which awards him
yet a gold star.
Jan Jonsson: Pedal and Lap steel guitars, Rhythm guitars, Solo guitar
on (3, 7), Software instruments
Petra Odenman: Vocals
Mats “Marshall” Karlsson: Solo guitar on (1, 5, 10)
Redd Volkaert: Solo guitar on (2)
Olle Bridal: Theme guitar on (1, 5)