The Koch Marshall Trio is Greg Koch, a guitarist described by Joe Bonamassa as “scary good”, Dylan Koch on drums, and organist Toby Lee Marshall on the Hammond B3.
In terms of vocals, well, there are none – yes it’s an instrumental album. By now 90% of people reading have now given up and are looking for something else instead of this album. I must confess that in general instrumental albums are fairly dull and don’t tend to demand repeated listening. There are of course exceptions – Joe Satriani is a rare exception where the playing and songwriting are both strong enough to make things work without vocals.
The music here is very good – all three are great musicians. I love the Hammond organ sound, and the playing here really is great. It’s unusual to hear it used in a trio but it does work well even if it tends to dominate the sound a bit. The songs are well written too, and that’s a critical bit – doing instrumental covers of songs rarely works well, but when they’re written specifically as instrumentals then things can work well if done right, and I have to say in general it works well here.
This isn’t an album like so many instrumentals where after one play it goes on a shelf never to be listened to again, but equally it’s not one that I’d play regularly. A very good instrumental but not good enough that I’d rush out to buy it.
“Toby arrives” will be released on 23rd February 2018
1. Toby arrives
2. Funk meat
3. Heed the boogaloo
4. Let’s get sinister
6. Enter the rats
7. Boogie yourself drade
8. Sin repent repeat