Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Inspectors - Four's Company
|This is the debut CD from San Francisco's private eye jazz combo the Inspectors. The music is tight and well developed. Mostly melodic, it resides in a place not often covered by modern bands. Only one track with a surf edge, but an all instro band they are, and fun they do deliver.|
Picks: Red Tide, Bajon Blues, Albatross, Tres Patos, El Sueno, Hay Ride, Monkey Beams, Ewnet Yet Lagegnesh, Language Of Love, Win Place Or Show, Opt, Trick Ponies
Track by Track Review
Spy Surf (Instrumental)
A bit of the whammy and then the guitar issues a melodic riff while the organ plays beneath. Great drums and solid bass. Infectious and rock solid, with nice harmonics and a friendly feel. A few tasty glissandoes as well.
Bola Sete's "Bajon Blues" seems a fitting vehicle for this jazzy lounge combo. It's playful and just tweaky enough to work well in their format. Cool percussion.
Post Go-Go Jazz (Instrumental)
"Albatross" is a pretty riffy organ combo thing, with a light weight spy feel and an umbrella drink edge. Post go-go combo swirl.
TV Jazz (Instrumental)
"Tres Patos" sounds to me like something designed for a TV spot, like "No Matter What Shape" was nearly forty years ago. Bouncy and catchy.
Spanish Moods (Instrumental)
Spanish moods ooze from this almost film score piece. Scenic and slightly sad, this is a sleeper. Nicely done.
Overalls And Suspenders (Instrumental)
A little carnival, a touch of overalls and suspenders, a red bandana, and a jazzy sub surf guitar... These things coalesce into a playful track with no shortage of suave.
Mostly, "Monkey" is angular and semi simian. Odd, but not interesting.
Soothing Combo (Instrumental)
This traditional tune gets the soft combo treatment, with a touch of reggae and a dash of salt. Soothing, but unremarkable.
Romantic Sub Surf (Instrumental)
Somewhat jazzy exotic sounds and suave riffs fluidly portray the playful side of attraction. Bouncy and fluent in romantic exhilaration, "Language of Love" is a very smooth and pretty track.
Jazz Rock (Instrumental)
Celebrating the win, honoring the place, and showing a good time to all, "Win Place Or Show" playfully prances and sways. A very happy track.
Higher energy than the others here, "Opt" goes to the heart of the lounge with the old go-go feel, like a break seque tune or a warm up before the lead walk-on.
Quirky, carnival sideshow weird, and floating on a daydream nightmare sequence, "Trick Ponies" paints pictures of distorted yet comfortable environs, familiar and foreign. An interesting exercise.