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Vetro's, Harry Northern Ranger / Northern Ranger
Album:Northern Ranger Collection:Jazz
Artist:Vetro's, Harry Northern Ranger Added:06/2019
Label:7" Sound 

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Add Date:2019-06-28 Pull Date:2019-08-30 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2019-06-20 
Reviewed: 2019-06-20
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: Through this debut release, Canadian drummer Harry Vetro taps into his homeland to present a series of wayfaring wonders. This is a work that's Canadian to the core and a collection with a broad aesthetic that's both jazz-based, folk-dusted, and proudly experimental. Using varied configurations and working from a fairly selfless stance, Vetro guides a sympathetic set of musicians through breathtaking vistas. He's not afraid to take the reins, but the writing supersedes the need for solo space.
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Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
*1/ Northern Ranger: Leaving Goose bay (1:47) – bass starts> slow duet with guitar> slow fade
**2/ Buffalo Jump (6:39) – uptempo drum solo starts> uptempo jam> mellows to midtempo on violin, then swings back uptempo> trumpet solo soars> pause> slow jam> swings back up to rcking uptempo jam> crescendo> slow fade
3/ Sha (Shakat Tun) (0:40) – trumpet starts> brief slow jam> quick stop
4/ Gondola to Blackcombe (1:42) – slow piano solo> fade
*5/ Blackcombe (3:52) – midtempo piano solo> fade
***6/ Northern Ranger: Air Borealis (6:14) – piano starts hesitatingly, then builds in tempo> uptempo jam> crescendo> pause> bass solo> uptempo jam builds in volume & intensity> quick fade> pause> brief jagged guitar solo to end
7/ Pichogen Lake (1:32) – trumpet starts> midtempo jam> trumpet solo> pause> midtempo jam> fade
**8/ Hawk Air (7:38) – piano starts> midtempo jam> builds in volume & intensity> mellows slightly, then swings back up> trumpet solo> pause> sax solo> uptempo jam soars, then slows to slow tempo & fades
*9/ kat (Shakat Tun) (7:02) – guitar starts> slow duet with bass> slow trio jam with drums> guitar solo builds into uptempo jam> crescendo> slow trio jam morphs into full band off-kilter jam> slow fade
***10/ Pacific Smoke (5:42) –bass/piano starts> slow jam> builds in complexity & volume> piano solo> slow jam swings uptempo> slow fade
*11/ Northern Ranger (5:42) – piano solo starts slow, builds to midtempo, & slows again> slow jam> trumpet solo> slow jam> pause> slow fade
12/ Tun (Shakat Tun) (1:15) -drums start quietly> slow piano solo> fade

Track Listing
1.Northern Ranger: Leaving Goose Bay 7.Pichogen Lake
2.Buffalo Jump 8.Hawk Air
3.Sha (Shakai Tun) 9.Kat (Shakat Tun)
4.Gondola To Blackcomb 10.Pacific Smoke
5.Blackcombe 11.Northern Ranger
6.Northern Ranger: Air Borealis 12.Tun (Shakat Tun)