The Dutch formation Tristan consists of the band members Evelyn
Kallansee (vocals), Guy Nikkels (guitars), Coen Molenaar
(keyboards), Sebastian Cornelissen (drums) and Frans Vollink
(bass). Their debut album Full Power (2014) features US
soul singer Heston, UK saxophone maestro Nigel Hitchcock and
legendary American trumpeter Randy Brecker.
Their sophomore album 2nd Phase followed in 2015. Further
albums are Lifestyle (2016) and a Live in Concert
album (2017). Their new album The Spice Of Five will be
released on April 5, 2019. This time the band didn't invite other
musicians but relied on their own values. The result was a studio
album that is quite close to their live music and fully reflects
the character of the band.
Hands Up is the ultimate
request to the audience to surrender their sympathy for the
inviting sonic sound of the group. Stylistically the band stays
closely to formations like Incognito, Brand New Heavies or
the group seeks its own European approach.
On I Left My Jacket in the Van
the group likes to pick up topics from everyday life in order to
take them up acoustically in their sense. Coen Molenaar works
miracles on the Hammond B3. 1985 is a flashback to a
point in time at which the group associates special memories.
Amplify carves out a fresh
soundscape into future up in the sky. On Where Do We Go from
Here the group expands musical flowers of emotions. The Latin
flavored swinging First You Believe allows Coen Molenaar
to showcase his prowess on synthesizer.
The uplifting beauty of the melody
of Bring It On reminds me of the peak years of the group
Swing Out Sister. Neon Girls focuses on the former
connection to a dream girl who disappears into higher realms.
Don't Skip This is a stylistically breakout from the previous
group scheme in the direction of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, if
comparisons are made at all in this area.
Night Train picks up
onomatopoeically the dynamics of the train to transform them into
a jazz fusion-like movement. Down Town is a further
example of singer Evelyn Kallansee to dominate the theme with her
pristine voice and articulation. The Band never seems to try to
weave instrumental music into their repertoire, although the
potential is absolutely there. Yes and then comes the last piece
Travel and it turns out to be pure instrumental music at
Tristan's The Spice Of Five
is vocal music at the highest level. If you love the voice of
Evelyn Kallansee and she has all the prerequisites, there is a
clear purchase decision for this album.
Buy the album in all stores
Title: The Spice Of
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Isolde Records
1) Hands Up (3:59)
2) I Left My Jacket in the Van (3:29)
3) 1985 3:14)
4) Amplify (4:56)
5) Where Do We Go from
6) First You Believe (4:54)
7) Bring It On
8) Neon Girls (3:59)
9) Don't Skip This (3:29)
10) Night Train (3:06)
11) Down Town (3:44)