Project Grand Slam – The Queen’s Carnival
On “The Queen’s Carnival” Project Grand Slam offers a refreshing and unique take on jazz rock fusion. Full of spirit these are songs that are played with pure passion. Such a wide variety of styles are woven together into the mix: elements of the blues, funk, even a slight hint of lounge reveals itself. Most of this is delivered without uttering a word. It is a testament to the album’s strong sense of purpose that over its duration a narrative begins to emerge, as each song plays off the last.
“Beyond Forever” begins the album off on a strong and solid note. Deserving to be played as loud as possible the piece is simply stunning. Opting for a subtler approach is the incredibly nimble “The Rescue” where Mario Castro’s saxophone and Marcello Casagrandi’s keyboards interact beautifully creating a slightly crazed atmosphere. Slowing things down is the Kinks cover of “You Really Got Me” with Lucy Woodward’s vocal delivery giving the song a whole other feel. Celebratory in nature is the title track “The Queen’s Carnival”. With a slight hint of funk is the stripped down, far-out sound of “It’s The Beat”. This funky approach continues on “Slap Shot” where the craftsmanship is impeccable. Easily the highlight of the album is the driving rhythm of “Lucky Seven” which sprawls out ever so gracefully. Bringing everything to a close is the mellow vibe of “Lullaby For Julesy”.
Smart, stylish, and sophisticated “The Queen’s Carnival” shows off the undeniably talented jazz fusion experts Project Grand Slam.