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This Is What You Get...

by Griffith Hiltz Trio

Sophomore album by Toronto's award winning jazz power trio. Produced by Hawksley Workman.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Strawman
5:47 $0.99
2. The Kuleshascope
8:09 $0.99
3. For Otis
5:06 $0.99
4. Mgm
7:36 $0.99
5. Steppin' Out
4:33 $0.99
6. Bone Arm
8:09 $0.99
7. Port Hillford Railway
6:39 $0.99
8. This Is What You Get
7:28 album only
9. The Rainbow Connection
6:44 album only
10. Movie Theme II: Condor and Squid
0:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
In the beginning there was a giant squid, a condor, and a kick-ass movie theme...

...then came GHT.

At an undisclosed location in a city somewhere in Canada, the highly guarded script for the greatest movie never made was born - featuring pirates, evil Nazis and a heroic one-armed football player. Long time friends and collaborators Nathan Hiltz and Johnny Griffith, spent many post gig hours creating characters and worlds like the ones they lost themselves in as kids. From this an exciting partnership began. They brought that sense of adventure into jam sessions where Nathan’s long legs sprang into action on a dusty set of bass pedals. Synchronizing arms and legs with precision, Hiltz seamlessly weaves a steadfast time feel on bass with his fiery and intuitive guitar playing. Johnny armed himself with every horn in his arsenal, sometimes simultaneously, building intricate, climbing melodies, proving there is no limit to the imagination and coordination. Sly Juhas masterfully rounds out the groove with his heavy, signature style.
Together they combine sonic forces to redefine musical doubling and obliterate convention.

“The Griffith Hiltz Trio are gifted composers and musicians. The tunes are musical and though reverential, are a fresh take on a vintage art form. From Nathan’s unbelievable skill as both the guitarist and bass player, to Johnny’s
melodicism and warm, classic tone these guys are making great, modern classic jazz music!” Hawksley Workman

GHT went searching for the perfect producer to help shape this departure from the mainstream. The music of Canadian indie icon Hawksley Workman, had been the soundtrack on many of the trio’s cross country tours, his versatile and eclectic sensibilities where a natural fit. Hawksley insisted on recording live to tape, sacrificing the convenience and editing power of digital for the darker and richer sound of analogue. Fuelled by popsicles and good wine GHT focused on the overall feel of the songs, laying down this vibrant and honest record, engaging the listener wholeheartedly.

Right off the top comes the raunchy rock n’ roll riffs of “Strawman”, Johnny channels a Joe Henderson-esque solo as Nathan dazzles with his dynamic Bebop Banjotar. We move into one of the most experimental tracks drawing influences from Black Sabbath and Webern - a 12 tone serial based composition “Kuleshascope”, taking its name from composer Gary Kulesha. “For Otis” is a warm R&B tribute to Otis Redding featuring a seductive Hiltz on guitar, while “MGM” and “Port Hillford” bring us some quintessential GHT modern jazz in 5/4 time - the kind the guys are known for. In a nod to the tradition, a post-bop early Ornette Coleman inspired sound shines through in “Steppin’ Out”, while “Bone Arm”, a
modern groove take on a modal composition, is reminiscent of Miles Davis’ “Joshua”. The catchiest pop-style sounds come from the title track “This is What You Get”, with a melody that sticks with you long after it’s over. But in the end, GHT send us floating away on a cushy lily pad with their elegant and haunting rendition of “Rainbow Connection”.

So dim the lights and kick back with a pint, or clear a dance floor – from beginning to end this is a head-banging, soft-shoeing, hippy-tripping, pelvic-grinding, soul-soothing, make out session of sweet sounds.
Nothing about GHT is ordinary. What you’ll get is - well...

This is What You Get...



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