Organic News is a formation founded by Klaus Graf (alto
sax and rap), Martin Meixner (Hammond organ) and Michael
(drums). Their first project is entitled Game On
Klaus Graf is influenced by jazz saxophonists Michael
Brecker and Bob Mintzer. Berlin based Michael Kersting
had the idea to this new band. Longtime friends Klaus
and Michael invited Martin to join. They knew him by
several band projects.
The album was recorded in a night-time session at the
end of a concert tour. The band name is self explaining.
Unlike many other contemporary overproduced recordings
the band is going a rustic way.
Full House is a Brian Auger flavored cover of
a composition by David Sanborn and Marcus Miller from
Sanborn's album Upfront (1992). Those who
already feels Sanborns' album as fresh air, will be
delighted by this new breeze.
Carrot Cake is a tune by the Peter Bernstein
Trio from their album Earth Tones (1998). This
interpretation is even more earthy, which is due to the
electronically alienated saxophone. Psyclopes
is an original composition of the group. The title
derives from the mythical term Cyclops. This is a
dramatically reinvented bebop piece.
The cover of Joni Mitchell's Man From Mars
(1998) takes us back to quieter water. This love story
about a little runaway cat has a spellbinding melodious
core. Game On, a composition by Klaus Graf,
reveals the band's technical proficiency. While
Finally Home by Martin Meixner appeals to the
emotions in us.
Saxophonist Ornette Coleman is obviously an exponent of
free bop. The rendition of Ramblin' from his
album Change Of The Century (1960) turns out to
be wilder than the original. Fragile by Sting
from his album Nothing Like the Sun (1988) is
par excellence a masterpiece of pop music. An enchanting
melody which nevertheless presents a challenge for each
artist. Klaus Graf has found the solution in an euphoric
A cover of Show Me What You Got by Jay Z is
certainly not what a jazz purist awaits on a jazz album.
This speaks for the stylistic flexibility of this group.
With Game On this trio is a winner and
surpasses expectations. Leaving the musical comfort zone
can be so joyful.
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Title: Game On
Artist: Organic News
Genre: General Jazz
01 Full House [7:08]
02 Carrot Cake [5:11]
03 Psyclopes [5:35]
04 Man From Mars [6:18]
05 Game On [5:02]
06 Finally Home [6:51]
07 Ramblin' [5:44]
08 Fragile [5:46]
09 Show Me What You Got [3:44]