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9 Aug 2017

Floyd Hunchback Group ‎ "Floyd Hunchback Group" 1978 Swiss Private Jazz Rock Fusion







Floyd Hunchback Group ‎ "Floyd Hunchback Group" 1978 Swiss Private Jazz Rock Fusion

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Floyd Hunchback Group is a tough album to describe. You can tell they're jazzers, and the typical late 70's fusion elements are all out in force (Rhodes, sax, funky bass). But they have this mean streak too, and some of the gymnastic rhythms, coupled with Moog and guitar solos, point to a love for complex instrumental progressive rock. The drumming is quite exceptional. Strangely I'm hearing more of a mid 70's Eastern European sound here, as found in bands like Fermata or SBB..............

This underground Swiss band had a respectable career with endless members coming and going, always led by the talented figure of guitarist Armin Surber.It seems that they were formed sometime during the first half of the 70's, but they only recorded one LP at the legendary Sunrise Studios of Etienne Conod in Kirchberg in January 78'.By the time Surber was supported by bassist Christoph Kunz, drummer Thomas Griesser, keyboardist Pierre Kuebler and on saxophonist Thomas Mueller.All tracks were written by Kunz and Surber.

Floyd Hunchback Group played an intricarte Jazz/Fusion, that went from refined, light and melodic Jazz Rock to more fiery and professional Fusion workouts with a blink towards Progressive Rock.Their sound was pretty personal, as they enriched their funky and romantic lines with unusual breaks and radical changes of tempos, based on alternating solos, furious interplays and extended instrumental parts.Maybe the bass work follows a very funky mood, but as a whole the albums has a lot to offer to the listener, inclusing some nice sax exercises and the productive keyboard work, starting from typical synthesizer moves of the time and ending up in jazzy electric piano and some decent organ parts.The pronounced performances on bass and saxes and some Ethnic stylings recall the dominant style of KRAAN, EMBRYO and other Kraut/Jazz Rock acts of the recent past, like on the great ''Dolby'' or the long ''In the land of Caribu''.Nice executions with a wide palette of atmospheres and tempos along with a set of fine instrumental interactions.

The group apparently disbanded not long after their eponymous debut, but a surprising comeback occured around mid-90's, leading to the CD title ''Tall trees'', recorded at Bytronic Studios in May 1996, but this one seems even more rare than their 78' vinyl.

Well-performed, energetic and pleasant Jazz/Fusion.Fans of the style will highly appreciate the sound of Floyd Hunchback Group.Warmly recommended....by....apps79 ............

Floyd Hunchback Group is a tough album to describe. You can tell they're jazzers, and the typical late 70's fusion elements are all out in force (Rhodes, sax, funky bass). But they have this mean streak too, and some of the gymnastic rhythms, coupled with Moog and guitar solos, point to a love for complex instrumental progressive rock. The drumming is quite exceptional. Strangely I'm hearing more of a mid 70's Eastern European sound here, as found in bands like Fermata or SBB....by.....ashratom ..........

Credits
Alto Saxophone, Percussion – Thomas Müller (13)
Bass – Christoph Kunz
Composed By, Producer – Floyd Hunchback Group
Drums – Thomas Griesser
Engineer – Etienne Conod
Guitar – Armin Surber
Keyboards – Pierre Kübler

Tracklist
A1 Introduction
A2 Return To You
A3 Managunts A Taxi
Written-By – Kübler*
A4 Antarra
B1 Dolby
B2 Bellinda
Written-By – Kübler*
B3 In The Land Of Caribu
B4 Wet Dreams

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