Oozing Goo - EP 2009
From Aural Innovations October 2009 update
This is a fantastic instrumental band from Berlin, Germany. It is a four track EP but it features 36 minutes of music. This band has one bad ass Hammond player that really drives the band and the tracks. It starts off with the 13 minute uptempo and funky Hammond driven track, Entelechie. I think these guys like the mid 70’s Herbie Hanncock stuff. After about 6 minutes of Hammond soloing, the track turns a bit bluesy and slows down with a tasteful guitar solo (the only one on the CD!), before we come back to the funky refrain again but not before an almost dark section of the track. Great track. Primal Ooze is next and starts quite cliché before entering into a more complex musical section and then the funky guitar comes in to balance out the piano. They do this trading back and forth in a very interesting interplay. I should also say the drummer and bass player are also quite competent to hold their own with the wild keyboard player. He is amazing. Cockpit is a very fast paced track at the start but then it takes another twist and another twist. The guitar riff is pretty heavy as
well. Atlas ends this CD, with the heaviest track, guitar riff wise but also some of the most soulful Hammond playing when the band brings things down which
is not for very long as the frantic pace keeps the number busy with lots of changes and Hammond runs. Intense stuff. Pity there are so few guitar solos.
I would find the band much more interesting if they had a more dynamic and active lead guitar. Cool stuff.
Visit the record label site at: http://www.magnificentmusic.de
Check out the band web site at: http://www.myspace.com/oozinggoo
Reviewed by Scott Heller