Sunday 22 October 2017
Splash - Splash 2 (1978)
The third and final album from this Swedish band.
Splash was an eight piece big band on this album with a lineup of drums, violin, woodwinds, bass, guitars, trombone, percussion and keyboards.
Their first two albums did not set the world alight. You can read my reviews of them somewhere else in this blog.
Their Swedish take on the fusion genre is eccentric and based on Swedish folk music and some progressive rock.
That too is very much the case on this album too. It starts with their eight minutes long take, variations of two Swedish polka and waltz standards. Their take on those two standards are pretty much true to the originals too, but with lots of woodwinds and trombones included. A very strange track, but it works.
The rest of this forty minutes long album is much more fusion and rhythm based. Much more Blood, Sweat & Tears influenced. Woodwinds and keyboards are duelling with some guitars thrown into the mix too.
There are also some pretty pure jazz here and that, in addition to the opening track, is the best part of this album.
The music here is decent enough. Somewhere between decent and good in my view. Check out this band and this album. Their debut album is their best album.