OC DCGet The Blessing
Get the Blessing: “OC DC.” No more, no less. If you can sit still during this groovy tour de force, you’re dead. Stone cold. Drums, bass, sax, trumpet and groove. Those are the five elements that make up “OC DC” – and if you don’t believe me, check out the title track (well, okay, I slightly cheated, it also features handclaps – and in no small amount). If Get the Blessing had been around and swinging in the ’50s, there’d be shrines to them now in every jazz club. Fast pieces and atmospheric slow ones like “Americano Meccano” perfectly complement each other. I guess, if you held a gun to my head, “Torque” and the title track would be my favorites. But, “Between Fear and Sex” and “Pentopia” are not far behind. The rhythm section also plays in Portishead. But, whereas they delve into more nebulous terrain there, here it is all high-strung restlessness and jittery grooves. Be sure to check out “Bugs in Amber” (2009) with the fantastic “Einstein Action Figure” and the majestic “The Word for Moonlight is Moonlight” as well. I firmly believe Miles Davis would have dug this.