Gerald Gradwohl (Guitar); Kirk Covington (Drums); Harald Weinkum (Bass); Thomas Kugi (Sax)
It's powerful and inspiring "Impro Funk" that is presented by guitarist and bandleader Gerald Gradwohl on his brilliantly recorded new album BIG LAND.
This brand new release presents Gradwohl's typical organic conglomerate of Rock, Jazz and Funk that rises from brief composition patterns that lead quite frequently to long improvisational excursions that finally shape the tune. Their abilities as soloists make it possible that Gradwohl and the saxophonist Thomas Kugi develop great walls of sounds - deriving from their highly concentrated work - either high energetic pulsating cascades of sound, real groove monsters or sound collages in ballads.
Kirk Covington personally kind of explodes in his unique and very personal groove concept filled with eruptive commentaries that prod and inspire his fellow colleagues - he seems to be like a tiger ready to attack … Harald Weinkum (bass) is spicing up the clear and dynamic sound of the band by adding
a great variety of creative sounds deriving from his wide spectrum of styles.
The band gives the music what it needs - nothing more nor less - and Gerald Gradwohl's music needs a lot - engagement, interaction and pushing the boarders to the limits
- all based on masterly instrumental abilities.
Consequently working, Gerald Gradwohl and his band perform in the "Premiere League" of the Fusion-scene. It's simply impressive how Gradwohl's discography proves his high standard and uncompromising way he's going. Gradwohl kind of sums up his present and future in this recent release - it's "VERY BIG".