Winter & Winter, 2009, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Pop+Jazz
O’s Notes: Drummer Jim Black is among the more creative musicians on the contemporary jazz scene. He composes a blend of 12 pop/rock/fusion instrumentals for Houseplant. The band is called AlasNoAxis, a quartet with Chris Speed (sax), Hilmar Jensson (g), Skli Sverrisson (b) and Black. This music is similar to that of Paul Motian in some respects but leans more towards progressive rock on tunes like “Malomice”, one of the highlights of the set. Most of the tunes have a melancholy mood underscored with a simple rock beat.