Sunday, May 4, 2014

Moon Hoax – Moon Hoax (2014)

Michal Karbowski - guitar
Ju Ghan - bass
Przemyslaw Borowiecki - drums
Marcin Ciupidro - vibraphone
Michal Bak - saxophone
Klaudiusz Klosek - trumpet


By Adam Baruch

This is an excellent debut album by young Polish Jazz / Fusion ensemble Moon Hoax, co-founded by guitarist Michal Karbowski and bassist Ju Ghan. The lineup is completed by trumpeter Klaudiusz Klosek, saxophonist Michal Bak, vibraphonist / electronic sounds creator Marcin Ciupidro and drummer Przemyslaw Borowiecki. The album presents nine original compositions, all by Karbowski.

The music of Moon Hoax is a modernized and updated version of Brass Rock / Jazz-Rock Fusion movement represented by a plethora of bands active in late 1960s and early 1970s, like Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, If, Dreams, Chase and many others. If any of those bands would have been active today, they would probably sound quite similar to Moon Hoax, but since Brass Rock is a lost Art Form, this album is a true delight, not only as a kind of retro trip down the nostalgic lane, but as an ass-kicking splendid piece of music, which is fresh and excellent in every respect.

Based on solid melody lines, which are then arranged for the entire ensemble, the music balances between the Jazzy brass section (which sounds much "bigger" than it actually is) and the Rocky guitar, with the vibraphone and electronic sounds filling the spaces and adding the contemporary layer. The rhythm section rocks steadily, but with finesse and great respect for the soloists. There are very few contemporary ensembles which are able to produce such invigorating music of such quality, which puts this album in a class by itself.

Hopefully Moon Hoax will find a way to take this music into the future and find new directions, without loosing the charm. It will be hell to create another such great album as that one; you have been warned!

In the meantime let's celebrate and enjoy this little gem, as such miracles happen rarely. This is definitely a stunning debut!

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