Remember that one time when this small little Aarhusian jazz trio triumphed over Robbie Williams, Charlie Parker and Jamie Cullum? No? Well, you might have some catching up to do.
It took Vestbo Trio’s latest release “Flowmotion” less than a week to the storm to the top of iTunes’ jazz charts. And if you don’t let the cover scare you off, “Flowmotion” is worth a listen.
The EP is a live record, capturing a very exclusive session with an audience of only 25 people at Aarhus’ Finland studios. Consisting of five tracks, it overall sounds rawer and less perfectionistic than the trio’s 2012 album “Less Talk…”. One might wonder whether that is a bad or a good thing.
The EP’s first track “Once In A Blue Moon” is somewhat typical for the whole record: it’s very easy going, laid back, just like a small jam session… Yet it somehow lacks a melody or a hook that would suck you into the record.
However, the following track “Building Snowmen” (a re-record of a track already released on “Less Talk…”) makes up for the slightly heavy-handed start. It is the kind of track that could easily carry you through the depressing Danish winter, dripping of melancholy, but also happiness. You can tell it’s a re-recording: the track is well-structured, the arrangement thoughtful and there is a clear theme around which several magnificent melody arches can evolve around.
This seems to be the album’s crux: as demonstrated in the album’s title track “Flowmotion” or “Columbine’s Music Box” all three band members master their instruments. But sometimes they lack a vital spark or a surprising turn in their themes.
This is not necessarily a bad thing: the record is an easy listening album you can just play alongside. I guess “Flowmotion” is a good as its title. Just like a slow and steady river with constant waves and gurgles, the record has its ups and downs. And if you’re into mellow jazz pop, you will definitely enjoy sinking into Vestbo Trio’s warm sound.
Vestbo Trio’s latest album “Flowmotion” was released on September 2 and is available on bandcamp.