Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Live In Stockholm
ZilverZurf & His Space Cadets
Goldheart Music
CD
June 1, 2015

Track list
  1. Lumumba
  2. Do The Zurf
  3. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
  4. Somewhere Out There
  5. The Kalimba Dance
  6. Oboe
  7. This Day
  8. Man From Wareika
  9. Drum Song
  10. Cumbia
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
ZilverZurf & His Space Cadets (what's in a name...?) are a Swedish band that consists of Stockholm's finest reggae and groove musicians such as ZilverZurfarn himself, the legendary drummer Bosse Skoglund and the steady bass player Desmond Foster. Further members are Robin Cochrane on percussion, Tommy Bernie Berndtsson on organ, JonahGold (also label owner, producer, remixer, sound-engineer, keyboardplayer, promoter) who plays piano and a superb horns section equipped by Kai Sundquist and Klas Jervfors.

The band plays instrumental reggae originals interspersed with old classics, delivered in a soulful reggae style, with strong flavours of jazz and latin music and nuff nuff space and time for tasty (jazzy) solos. ZilverZurf & his SpaceCadets started in 2002 and played together for a couple of years, but in 2013 the band could be reunited in a new, smaller edition. The members of the band have been heard behind reggae acts such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Dennis Bovell Dub Band, Million Stylez, Papa Dee, Peps Persson, Dag Vag, Governor Andy, Reggaeterians, Svenska Akademien, Stures Dansorkester, Syster Sol among others.

Their latest effort captures the musical team live inna fine style in Stockholm. The ten track album offers a fine mix of ZilverZurf originals and thoughtful interpretations of solid JA classics. The album opens with a wicked do-over of Rico Rodriguez's classic tune "Lumumba", a melodic horns driven instrumental. Next comes a subtle dubbed up jazzy tune called "Do The Zurf", followed by the traditional "Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho". The pace slows down with "Somewhere Out There", but speeds up with "The Kalimba Dance". Kalimba is an African music instrument that may also be called the African thumb piano.

Jackie Mittoo's "Oboe" gets the ZilverZurf treatment and the same goes for the well known Jackie Mittoo composition "Drum Song". Their (almost 9 minutes long) interpretation is one of most interesting we've heard for a long time. Check this one out fi sure! Rico Rodriguez's spirit returns in fine style with "Man Of Wareika". The disc closes with a great Latin dance tune by Hector Quintero called "Cumbia". Superb!

A little different but very enjoyable!