The “orchestra” is actually a quartet on this release as the players (Ron Anderson tenor, alto, soprano saxophone; Geoff Spooner, guitar; Ben Harmsen, bass; Marek Podstawek, drums and percussion) create the funkified sound that is cornerstone to the success of the Clunk sound. The opener “Painting Music” captures the energetic spirit of the quartet. The melody is lyrical and set to a jazz-rock-fusion feel. The tune has many twists and turns through an interesting progression. Spooner’s color changes in his sound adds interest. Anderson’s melodic solo is well supported by Podstawek’s deep bass line and Harmsen’s energetic drum support. Spooner’s electric guitar solo builds the energy and brings out all the finer points of jazz fusion.
“Chunnel” starts with a funky guitar intro and builds upon that theme for the duration. The band is well versed at many styles and the funky fusion of this track suits them just fine. The tune has multiple sections that keep it interesting and building in a thoughtful way. Anderson plays with fire and purpose. Spooner finds the rock core of the tune and ratchets it up a notch. Harmsen takes a nice solo with some hip double stops. Podstawek also gets the spot light in which he shines as he works over the kit. The band builds each passage and develops the tune in a manner that makes you feel like you have traveled to a musical destination that was satisfying.
At times The Clunk Orchestra’s tunes churn into a background radio friendly sound you can take with you on a weekend drive, while at other times its edgy sound perks its head and funks the casabah.
Either way, The Sound It Makes, is a confident collection of instrumental tunes that swirl around the jazz and funk genre.