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Canada's Griffith Hiltz Trio opens its second album, This Is What You Get..., with "Strawman," which sounds like a cross between a theme song for a Secret Agent Man movie and crunchy guitar-style, 1960s-era surf rock, featuring saxophonist Johnny Griffith
's mode of simple but captivating melodies, while "Bone Arm" soothes the soul with a modal groove.
The title tune is highly danceable, and sounds as if the players are having a fine time. Griffith breaks out the bass clarinet on "The Rainbow Connection, " a turn with a "lost in a trippy dream" feeling.
The Griffin Hiltz Triowhich sounds more like a quartet, thanks to guitarist Hiltz' use of bass pedalshas an upbeat, party-time feeling, made by virtuosic players who seems to find nothing wrong with having a good time with their music.
Track Listing: Stawman; The Kuleshascope; For Otis; MGM; Steppin' Out; Bone Arm; Port Hillford Railway; This is What You Get; The Rainbow Connection; Movie Theme--Condor and Squid.
Personnel: Johnny Griffith: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Nathan Hiltz: electric guitar, bass pedals; Sly Juhas: drums.