Kicking off STRUT in some considerably funky fusion are Danish organ trio Ibrahim Electric who first visited these shores in 2008 at the 12 Points Festival.
Since then, they have continued to ratchet up their infectious & unique blend of funk, groove and Afro Beat, releasing their eighth album Rumours from Outer Space late last year. If the piano trio is the heartland of the jazz romantic, then the organ trio is where its mischievous alter ego comes out to play.
Ibrahim Electric present a glorious swamp thing of distorted sounds from a Lesley amp’s rotating horn, guitar riffs indebted to 60’s psychedelia and some brawny drumming that wouldn't be out of place in stadium rock. This slightly unsettling and hugely enjoyable proposition is brought to you by three outstanding Danish musicians; Organist Jeppe Tuxen is held in high regard as pianist with the group Endorfin but takes a robust approach to the Hammond console, guitarist Niclas Knudsen exploits an interest in African music to inject a vibrant Afrobeat element, and drummer Stefan Pasborg puts aside the colouristic devices for which he’s highly regarded in the Danish contemporary scene to bring only the good groove.