Days of Spring by Ross Krutsinger – reviewed by Chris Mann
bassist and keyboard player Ross Krutsinger grew up in Colorado and
developed his talent playing countless gigs in all genres of music. In
addition to writing songs, producing recordings, and building live
bands with fellow musicians, Ross has recorded on over two dozen album
projects and demo sessions.
played some of his first recording sessions and received radio airplay
in 1994 with reggae artist Tony Lion and pop band Butlers &
Thieves. After a Mediterranean tour with a roots-reggae group later
that year, Ross formed a reggae/world beat group, Ethnic Background,
and released the CD End of Time in 1995, which featured Ross's songs
and received national airplay on 130 radio stations. In 1997 Ross
joined with blues/rock group, Aquarian Voodoo, who recorded a CD and
toured the Arabian Gulf the following year. Ross also recorded and
performed with guitar-rock band, Hot Monkey Love, and the Latin-jazz
group, Echo Bay. Ross
relocated to Nashville in 2002 and he focuses on session playing, live
work and teaching. This,
his first CD, was released in April 2003 and showcases some of his
growing list of original compositions.
title track has Jim Hoke's soprano sax winding around an intense
backing of Krutsinger’s fluid fretless and Tom Grignon’s powerful
drumming. The song builds to a frenzy but ends on a mellow note.
A Hammond B3 opens the very rhythmically complex Heptad Fool.
The sax and trumpet are so tight and the harmony is pure
Brecker Brothers!! Both
horn players have the last name Rahn so, who knows, maybe these crisp
brass harmonies are a "brother" thing.
The bass really flies around on this song.
is a similarly rhythmically complex tune and I love the upfront
keyboard sound they used here. The
high-register fretless solo is nice! I also like the funky backbeat on
the vocal Wicked Road. I
enjoyed Anthony Terrazza's effects-laden guitar more than his vocal on
this rock-tinged song.
a bluesier feel to the grand Scares Me to Think.
That alto sax out front is very expressive on this big ballad.
The keyboard solo is a good one, though the instrument has a
strange tone. The smooth
jazz crowd (you know who you are...) will lap up the moody If We
Fly with its slow-but-funky bass and Darren Rahn's sexy tenor sax
- lush!! The guitar-like
bass solo (think Brian Bromberg) points to Krutsinger's massive talent
- he also composed the song. Rewind!
shows the funky side of Ross's playing but instead of developing into
the crazy instrumental I hoped for, it becomes a lacklustre vocal
song. I was waiting for
Steve Boynton's guitar to break out but it remains very restrained.
Bob Marley's Concrete Jungle receives a vibrant latin
treatment and the percussion is entertaining and varied throughout.
As it opens out, the song lets Krutsinger loose on a running
bassline and Darren Rahn sounds sublime.
Don't overlook the spirited piano of Bob Schlesinger while all
this is going on...
starts with the funkiest and tightest of fretless lines – shades of
Pastorius. The percussive
accents from the piano and that tough snare drum really drive this
jazz-rock tune nicely. '70's
bands like The
Headhunters and L.A. Express would have let the guitarist go even
crazier than Steve Boynton is allowed to here.
This must be a knockout song when played live!!
Instructions to a Smuggler - intriguing song and strange
lyric - but Trez Gregory's vocal is a good one on this strutting
number. Krutsinger's love
for the offbeat resurfaces on Muso Seffuso, which is not as
complex a tune as it sounds to begin with.
The staccato organ licks and heavily wah-wah'd guitar make for
a very deliberate beat, and the bass comes in a little heavy-handed on
the middle eight.
always going to be happy to hear a virtuoso bass player release a CD
and Ross Krutsinger is really setting out his stall here. Fans of funk and jazz-rock are not left wanting and the
compositional talents on view are impressive.
If you like your bass playing adventurous, in the Jimmy Haslip
and Brian Bromberg vein, check this out on CD Baby.
Hound Sound 2HS-3625-1 Producer – Ross Krutsinger