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Classic Album Review: Metalwood | The Recline

The keyboard-and-horn-led outfit’s fourth album is a smart, uptown groovefest.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


In the ’90s, this contemporary jazz quartet recorded their first album after two days and one gig together — and won a Juno for it. Imagine how much better Metalwood are five years later.

The Recline, the keyboard-and-horn-led outfit’s fourth CD, is a smart, uptown groovefest guaranteed to have wide appeal. The musos can dig the foursome’s cleanly proficient, smoothly tasty solos (especially the slick sax and trumpet licks); dancers can swing and sway to the fat, funky backbeats; and history majors can dig on guest turns from guitarist John Scofield. I see no reason why The Recline shouldn’t be another piece of Juno bait.