guests: Dean Bowman, Sandy Cressman, Ray Oviedo, Eric Leeds u.a.
Their studio is a window to the world: Thomas Braun and Till Maragnoli aka INTUIT create a link
between the Seventies, production skills of the year 2010 and excursions all around the planet. On
their second voyage they even expand their sounds with elektro funk, cineastic jazz moods and
shining soul spirit, with partido alto from Brazil, reggae, a ride through wild Kurdistan and a flight over
West Africa. Get ?Intuit"!
Many people thought their first album was an extremely well made compilation with a stunning flow
between the different styles. They can take it as a compliment: Thomas Braun (dr, perc,vibes) and Till
Maragnoli (b) navigate so easily between genres that you believe your listening to tracks by different
bands. Starting from Freiburg, Southern Germany they soon played in numerous European cities with
an affinity to seventies' jazz, funk, rock, afro and reggae in equal parts. The aesthetics of old school
black music serves them as a common ground for blind understanding in the studio. Theirs is a "two is
a crowd"-philosophy, and with it they construct rhythm section, melodic and harmonic progression
before they invite numerous guests.
These voices for whom the prevailing tracks are tailor-made enrich Intuits work with prominent and
intercontinental flair: On their first album you could find Andy Bey, Doug Carn, Flora Purim & Airto
Moreira, Herbie Hancocks ex-guitarist Ray Obiedo and New York avant-garde vocalist Dean Bowman.
On ?Voyage No.2" some of them shine again. Within six years Intuit shaped their second attempt.
Surprisingly the result sounds rougher, more natural, because the duo wanted to focus on the live
character. They step more into the jazzy side of their music and more consequently into funk.
"Voyage No.2" opens up with the thoughtful hymn "Wise" graced with Dean Bowmans charismatic soul
voice and the shimmering choir of latin specialist Sandy Cressman from San Francisco. Cressman is
also responsible fort the sunny vocals in ?Sarav?", a poly-rhythmic partido alto, in which Prince's
saxophone player Eric Leeds delivers fine improvisation. ?Marple's Maple", the first of the
instrumentals, is full of reminscences of Gil Evans' art of arrangement and reveals a splendid horn
section. In the tongue-in-cheek number "Pushy Woman" Braun and Maragnoli put the gender roles of
soul music upside down: The funky girl is harassing growling Bowman. In the SciFi thriller ?Last
Moonwalk" you can follow the tracks of the ?King of Pop", if you don't catch a tinnitus before. ?Slow
Honkin'" is a free-flowing jam for a relaxed intermission.
In "Shango's Dance" Timmy Thomas meets a Cuban-like percussion set, swinging upright bass and
bass clarinet interludes by Walter Ifrim which altogether create a soul jazz spirituality. Then Bowmans
third guest appearance as a crooner in the rather bittersweet love song ?Venus & Cupid" follows.
?Afrocopter" is a definite moment of glory for Braun's skill of building grooves and fill ins, spiced up by
the whirling sax of Eric Leeds, the Afrobeat guitar of Ray Oviedo and the pumping Highlife bass of
Maragnoli. Eventually Intuit go to the Orient with ?Im Wilden Kurdistan" which is their first Middle
Eastern funk with stringed arabesques. Optimist and laid back their global excursions finally lead them
to the Caribbean with ?A Regg-o-Lution Is Gonna Come".
On their second trip Intuit deliver timeless soundscapes from the Caribbean to Kurdistan, from Rio to
the river Rhine and show that the attribute "retro" is clearly out-dated to describe their work.