Richard Underhill Tales From The Blue Lounge

Shuffle Demons fans take note, Richard Underhill, founder of the avant bop-pop group just won a Juno for this, his solo debut instrumental jazz album. Recorded like a ’60s-era session, Tales From The Blue Lounge was recorded live off the floor onto two-inch tape with classic equipment — a fact that goes a long way to explaining its likeness to great jazz albums of days gone by. It's good to see that Underhill hasn't left all the quirkiness of his youth behind as he can still colour outside the lines on tracks like "Surfing" and "Pegasus." For the most part though, Tales From the Blue Lounge is a warm vintage-styled groove album — "Big" has the feel of Mingus Ah Um up until the Hammond organ comes in — with lots and lots of fabulous saxophone. (Stubby)