Colon, Cliff / Contraband
Album:Contraband Collection:Jazz
Artist:Colon, Cliff Added:Mar 2009

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-03-29 Pull Date:2009-05-31 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:May 31Apr 19Apr 12Apr 5

Recent Airplay
1.Aug 12, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum: Saturday Edition
4.Nov 25, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
2.Jun 01, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
5.May 30, 2009:Music Casserole
Energy Zone
3.Apr 27, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
6.Apr 17, 2009:No Cover, No Minimum

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-03-29 
Hey Phil, 2008

MAINSTREAM JAZZ – OK, here’s something a little different: saxophonist Colón has written a jazz arrangement of the complete soundtrack from Contra, an iconic 1980s video game. It’s played completely straight-faced, in a variety of styles. I’m adding this solely for novelty value but the arrangements aren’t bad, and Colón and alto man J. Charles are both have some pretty good solo moments.

* * * | Fo’s Picks: 2, 5, 7

2. 5:25 – speedy and catchy, sounds suitably video-gamey, solid sax solos
3. 6:10 – floating samba beat; cheesy suspense melody, gliding solos
4. 6:12 – splashy contemporary jazz sound, rolls along nicely
5. 4:02 – uptempo, tightly arranged bop with appealing sax solos
6. 9:44 – moody and atmospheric theme, low-key with relaxed solos
7. 4:25 – snappy, swinging theme, doesn’t take itself too seriously
8. 5:10 – stabbing theme over lightly swinging rhythm, decent solos
9. 4:38 – warm and happy… I guess they killed those aliens.

[ Fo ] 03/29/09

Track Listing
1.Intro 5.Waterfall
2.Jungle 6.Snow Field
3.Base 7.Energy Zone
4.The Boss 8.Alien Lair
 9.End Credits