Review JAZZ SABBATH ‘Vol. 2’

A few days too late for a relaxed Easter brunch comes the newest album from Jazz Sabbath. The trio that was created by Adam Wakeman and has its roots back in 2013. Wakeman, on tour with Black Sabbath, was challenged if could play the Black Sabbath set on piano. Challenge accepted and what started as in a bar in Berlin evolved to a project that has released a debut in 2020 and finds a continuation as we speak.

The fictional jazz trio presents new version of Black Sabbath songs in a non-fictional way. The newest release by the trio entails seven songs. Each of them is a classic and milestone in heavy metal. Birmingham’s doo metal pioneer forged classics like ‘Paranoid’. ‘N.I.B’ and ‘Black Sabbath’ and it is up to Jazz Sabbath to give each of these iconic songs a new touch and feel.

Driven by Wakeman’s piano the songs get a total new touch and feel. Relaxed piano bar jazz is what this longplayer offers, music that provides a good time and let one enjoy the ease of time. Either with a good drink at a wood-paneled bar in Manhattan or when having an enjoyable Sunday brunch with warm summerly sunrays enlightening into your home, Jazz Sabbath’s ‘Vol.2’ is the right musical choice for the momentum.

The trio goes that far that it is challenging to recognize the original version and in the end it doesn’t matter. Taking things that far is certainly the better option than getting lost in the attempt to stick to the original and adding an own touch. Jazz Sabbath basically developed ‘new’ songs when interpreting seven doom metal classics.

Did anybody wait for such an album? No. Is it cool music? For sure. Is it entertaining? Absolutely. This album carries excellent music that might has the potential to get jazz music to folks that usually never would have encounter this genre. Grab a single-malt whiskey, lean back in your rustic leather armchair, and press the ‘play’-button.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Paranoid
  2. Snowblind
  3. Behind the Wall of Sleep
  4. Sabbra Cadabra
  5. Symptom of the Universe
  6. N.I.B.
  7. Black Sabbath

Label: Blacklake

Genre: Jazz

Release Date EU: April 22nd, 2022

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