None of both musicians
has a new album out. The latest release fo Hellborg was entitled 'Art
Metal' and came out in 2007. It's truly a bombastic epos showing all the
talents of Jonas. Next to all those Jazz Beats, he still does some rocky
or even bluesy tunes. He's also familiar to punk. Just remember his
contribution on the Public Image Ltd. Album 'Virgin'.
The exeptional bassist still lives in Sweden, but also in Germany and
the US. But he is hardly ever home, he calls himself a globetrotter.
He's putting out this typical scandinavian quietness, but also owns a
certain potential of arrogance. On stage he puts down all those things
and transfers himselfbarfooted in sort of a trance, which challenges him
to this excellent bass playing.
And so the show in Salzburg starts off at 8.45 p.m. (without supportact)
with an aprox. 20 minutes solo of Jonas Hellborg. Some musicians are
ending up in sort of a certain monotony, not him though, and everybody
is listening carefully without getting bored. Half of the audiance (aprox.
6 - 800 guests) seem to be musicians or other insiders.
To round up the description of this band, I want to mention guitarist
Regi Wooten, brother of the also legendary bassist Victor Wooten. And if
somebody deserves the name - Speedy Gonzales of the six strings, it's
surely Regi, who is proving this several times during this show. He also
does some leadvocals inbetween.
And last but not least
there is Percussionist Dodoo
Abass, who can easily put up with Mr. Baker what's up to the rhythm beat
a fact, that Hellborg gives his band mates a lot of freedom , that those
have got the chance to, - just to repeat himself - can invent themselves
all over again. It's a band of the superlative. And musically this here
is a multi continental cocktail well shaken and stirred. Jazz mixes up
with Rock and south african worldmusic rhythm. Hellborgs John McLaughlin`s Mahavishnu Orchestra –
past says hello and connects with the rhythm of Ghana's Dodoo
Abass. Only Cream Fans, who have found their way to here, could be a bit
disappointed, because nothing reminds on the former rock legend exept
Mr.Baker himself. And he even describes Cream not even as a rockband or
even rock legend. He said: "those were only 3 musicians, who
happened to stand on one stage together and play music - that's it. Yeah
well, you can take this for granted or not. But it is a fact indeed,
that you must bring along a certain love for this difficult fusion cross
over sound, that you can enjoy this. Otherwise there is a huge risk,
that your musical understanding can't follow the trek.
I for my part think this has been absolutey grat, and I presume, most of
the audiance do think the same....