JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2011 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

In The Country at Rochester Internation Jazz Festival

The distance from Sweden's Jonas Kullhammar to Norway's In The Country was only a few city blocks but we went from from bright and joyous to dark and dour in a flash. In The Country was here back in 2007 covering David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes." I didn't recognize any covers last night but they seem to have gotten even drearier in the last few years. The minimal piano parts are are given little melodic or rhythmic counterpoint by the other two players as they milk the Cowboy Junkie church stupor on most songs. They did surprise me though with one really beautiful vocal from the drummer. - photo by P Doddy - click photo to advance > next