Name of Album: Waltz for Koop
Ratings: Personal - 5 General - 5
Release Date: January 29, 2002
Koop has a sophisticated sound that reminds me of the seminal work of jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Dizzy. The voices are reminiscent of some of the soothing samba coming out of the sixties (Mikael Sunoin on track 2, Tonight, sounds like Chet Baker even) and the arrangements remind me of those of geniuses like Count Basie and Quincy Jones. Not what I had expected from a group named Koop—quite a pleasant surprise.
I've played this wonderful album four or five times now and the one thing I've noticed most beyond acoustical aesthetics is that it is perfectly abrupt. I am surprised each time it ends, so perfect its timing that it leaves my yearning to play it again—and I do (There are only 9 nimble tracks, 6 of them under 4 minutes each). (Note: I just read their press release, which I always read after I write my own original comments and it appears that the succinct length was by design—"Dissatisfied with the current industry standard of 70+ minute albums, Koop have made sure the new album, although two and a half years in the making, is brief in length while rich in content, like all classic albums of the past. You simply won't be able to get enough of it.")