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GT Stringer - Up Periscopedotdotdotdot
artworkThere's just one word to describe this release... FINALLY! It's been too long since the last album from Australia's GT Stringer. They continue to deliver highly original and ultra enjoyable surf from a jazz perspective, blending surf, rock and jazz guitar with big console organ and baritone sax, like the Graham Bond Organization had they ever seen Mavericks. Amazing.
Picks: Up Periscope, Left Hand Yiros, Take The Drop, Depth Charge, Bullseye, Erika, International Au Go Go, Bellyflop, Femme Fatale, The Craw, Uncredited

Track by Track Review

Up Periscope dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with the sounds of shorebreak, a dive siren, and sonar pings, this ominous number rumbles into action with a huge sound from the horns and organ grumbling under Jimmy Redgate's guitar. This is quite spiffy. It's a mean R&B based number with no shortage of growl and punch. The break is wobble board accompanied and spy flick spoofed. Trevor Ramsay's sax is mean and nasty! Too cool!

Left Hand Yiros dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Screeching tires eventually give way to a groovy progression and a moody atmosphere, with a distant James Bond appeal and a near loungy chorus. Very cool and playful, with a melodic lilt. The progressive break is more than intriguing, it's downright Steppenwolf. Great ending.

Take The Drop dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

The wind, like the sounds from Laurel & Hardy's "Haunted House," bells tolling for the risk-takers, and a rolling bass line under a spooky and enticing guitar line. This is both scary and beautiful. The sax repeats the guitar lines in alternate verses. The song is so strong!!! Really nice, and very unusual, like the Beacon Street Union's "The Clown Died In Marvin Gardens" instrumentally interpreted. Great track.

Depth Charge dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

A long pick slide decays into harsh feedback, before a nasty sax over a nearly calliope sound warns of danger below. Very mean and hazardous.

Bullseye dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

A big howling swirl slithers into a sixties prog variation that hints of the Spencer Davis Group (Stevie Winwood period) at a Riverside jazz session at the beach wearing baggies. Sounds strange, I know, but it works really well. very suave.

Erika dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Samba suave, smooth, swimming with flowing white dresses and pretty girls. This is a beautiful track, infectious and lustrous.

International Au Go Go dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Fluffy jazz fun, inviting frolicking at the beach, playful up tempo life without care. Jet setting to Club Med to meet and greet the fair sex. Deluxe fun.

Bellyflop dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Rich tones, low down sax, atmospheric trappings, and lonely detective under a streetlight visuals collide here, just before the super intoxicating exotic melody, with its middle eastern and Latin influences. Like Kraan on the Riviera.

Femme Fatale dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Aren't they all... "Femme Fatales" that is. melodic and slightly mysterious, breezy and slightly spaghetti. This is a very unusual tune, reminding me slightly of some of Chris Shahin's work. My goodness, this is a good track.

The Craw dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

A B-movie sample "It's our old friend the Craw. Not the craw, the Claw!" opens this moody, atmospheric, slow and very pretty. Very fluid and peaceful - beautiful actually.

Uncredited dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Track eleven is a live and mighty muffled instro of mountainous proportions, like an evil R&B organ grinder from the Graham Bond Organization.