Jonathan Fritzen – Fritzenized

With an apparent target audience of pop-oriented fans, Swedish-American keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen releases Fritzenized (Nordic Night Records, 2015).

Fritzen adopted part of the smooth jazz radio formula. The selections are catchy and, with little exception, fit neatly into the approximate four-minute window intended for radio singles. Still, it’s a nice selection. Fritzen is accompanied by a variable lineup of guest musicians and vocalists.

“Fingers on Fire” is a happy-go-lucky groove. With Randy Jacobs on guitars, Alex Al on bass, Andreas Ekstedt on percussion and Fredo Osterlund on drums, Fritzen handles piano, keys and synth programming. One programming effect is of a violin that complements the piano during a phrase in the chorus. Jacobs throws in a little wah-wah effect here and there. No one element stands out. Instead, the joy of this song is the attitude projected by the musicians, as if they’re saying, “Let’s just have some fun.”

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