Juli Wood

Synkka Metsa

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation

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Though this is my first listen to Juli's splendid sax work, it's easy to tell by the first 8 notes that she's a master at making those reeds sing... , and with her excellent cohorts (Alejandro Urzagaste - guitar; Clark Sommers - bass and Mike Schlick - drums), she's put together an album that will be on your playlists for a long time to come! Her sound is lush and full of life's breath, especially on tunes like "Taivas on Sininen ja Valkoinen ( The Sky is Blue and White)"... definitely one of my favorite sax-led jazz pieces (yet) this year. For something a bit more upbeat, you'll dig down deep into "Väliaikainen (Temporary)"... all the players are right on-time & in synch for this one (& I loved the guitar leads on this one, too)! Definitely inspiring for jazz fans of all stripes 'round the globe. My personal favorite of the eight full-length tunes is the 5:02 "Ken voi Tyynessä Seilata (Who Can Sail in the Calm?)"... moody, yet expressive (and impressive) in ways that anyone with an ear for the jazz spirit will be able to relate to (in a BIG way). I give Juli & her companions a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an "EQ" (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this splendid release.






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