CD Review – All Jigged Out – Wish Hill (Hobcd1004)
Wish Hill, the new CD from Celtic/Folk/Jazz Fusion band All Jigged Out is an album of high quality musicianship, and imaginative arrangements, most of which are written by the group themselves.
The four piece band play a range of styles from the lively opening instrumental title track, Wish Hill, to the lively arrangement of the traditional piece Blow the Wind Southerly, to their version of Catriona Mackay’s The Swan.
The 13 track CD, released on Hobgoblin Music’s own record label packs quite a punch, with the Flute/Alto Flute of main composer Phillippe Barnes and the acoustic and electric violin of Benjamin Lee being to the forefront of all of the tracks. They are more than ably supported by the dexterous pianist Tom Phelan, Ollie Boorman on Drums and Percussion and a number of other guests playing bass, and guitar.
The group has roots in Celtic music, but at times sound similar to Sky, or in their more Jazz/Celtic fusion moments to bands like Shooglenifty, Capercailie, and with the Slap Bass moments on such numbers as Broken Mirror Part 1, sound not unlike Weather Report at a folk session. The debt that they owe to some of the mentioned bands is particularly noticeable in track 12, Noogleshifty a Whiskey Kiss, where musicians from both All Jigged Out and Shooglenifty take writing credits.
A hidden bonus track of Mitton’s Set, shows that the band can cut it both in the studio, and live on stage. For fans of folk music, and also of Jazz Fusion, this is a band to look out for. For further details and updates for the band, and to order the CD visit www.alljiggedout.com. Audio samples for the CD are available at www.alljiggedout.com/audio.