Lavoura – [2019] Ayizan

Exotic future jazz fusion with groovy inserts left and right.

This release is exceptional in that it differs quite a bit from the typical roster one would expect to find in netlabel Bump Foot’s roster. But to be fair, a Brazillian future jazz ensemble would stick out in just about any artist listing. What a pity that this release is only two tracks long. Dont’t dare to miss any of those, though. Influences from Brazil and Africa, mixed with contemporary fusion jazz, these standards deserve a place in your playlist:

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Chico Correa & Electronic Band – [2006] Chico Correa & Electronic Band

Unique blend of latin flavour and electronic sound. Great vocals on top make this a rare find.

For this review, I had to stick on plenty of genre tags. Both jazz fusion and electronic IDM seem fitting descriptions. Then there’s a downtempo or chillout influence. And finally the world and latin tags to locate the music style geographically. And all that back in 2006, released on notoriously good (and still active) netlabel Bump Foot. And if you want to check out more recent stuff by the artist, find them on Bandcamp (latest release from 2020).

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dUASsEMIcOLCHEIAS iNVERTIDAS – [2011] SADITREVNi SAIEHCLOcIMEsSAUd

Exceptionally virtuous psychadelic jazz rock frenzy. Like Mr. Bungle’s slightly more experimental cousin.

Wow, what a ride this is. At times, I scratch my head wondering “what the heck did they want with this?”. But mostly, virtuosic saxophone, galloping guitar, furious drums make you want their 13 minute long track to last even longer. Similar to progressive or post rock, all tracks start slow, to then slowly ramp up to a loud finale. If you can forgive occasional weirdness, please follow me to exhibit no. 1:

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GRENADE SURROUND Experience – [2017] Свободнее Птиц

Post-rock jazz vibes. Musical equivalent of a good, strong red wine. Becomes better the more you taste it.

I cannot pronounce the album title, but the music is a great mixture of post rock and jazzy improvisation. Special feature: non-verbal improv singing! If you have one hour to fill with sophisticated, well-produced music, have this a go with your speakers. Continue reading “GRENADE SURROUND Experience – [2017] Свободнее Птиц”

Triplexity – [2008] Between Light and Shadow

Diverse trip hop lounge world jazz… did I say diverse? Oh my gosh is this album diverse. The common theme is laid-back background music, but otherwise all bets are off. Just listen to the three picks I have selected this week and decide for yourself… Continue reading “Triplexity – [2008] Between Light and Shadow”

Stephan Siebert – [2012] 10 Songs of 28 Years

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Beautiful, easy listening Jazz. While there is no single smashing hit among the 10 songs, this release offers a consistent listening experience for almost an hour. Instrumental pieces, ranging from piano solo to a richly orchestrated saxophone jam. Only occasional hums are the only vocal parts. Recording and mixing are excellent, and is for my untrained ears up to par to excellent live recordings of Jazz concerts.
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Graphiqsgroove [2009] – Graphiqsgroove2009

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Ok, naming their stuff creatively isn’t one of Graphiqsgroove’s strengths, but after all, their music is what counts. And there, the Japanese nujazz artist doesn’t disappoint. Laid-back instrumental soft beat lounge funk that doesn’t distract is what you can expect from these 9 tracks. Continue reading “Graphiqsgroove [2009] – Graphiqsgroove2009”

Plaistow – [2008] Do You Feel Lucky?

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Airy jazz impro-jam. Three musicians meet in Geneva to create experimental jazz soundscapes. Four of these soundscapes are bundled on Do You Feel Lucky? for us to witness. The recording is executed excellently and bring you very close to the imaginary stage, where the piano/bass/drums trio do their workmagic. Two very different songs are presented below: Continue reading “Plaistow – [2008] Do You Feel Lucky?”

Bluebridge Quartet – [2007] Adjusted for Low Noise Tape EP

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Friedemann’s Aquamarin Orchestra would be proud. I discovered this release with the morbid joy of a forensic researcher in the remainings of the discontinued Aerotone netlabel (“Ende.“). Abstract instrumental jazzy tunes are floating mid-air in front of your ears. Skillfull compositions (or improvisations?) showcase the saxophone, percussion, bass and guitar that form this marvelous quartet. You hardly ever encounter music without a catchphrase that is yet “welcoming”. Listen to my two favourites to find out more: Continue reading “Bluebridge Quartet – [2007] Adjusted for Low Noise Tape EP”

Sandro Marinoni, Stefano Roncarolo, Roberto Padovan – [2009] Cold Flowers

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The netlabel Clinical Archives does not cease to surprise me with its variety of styles. This week I present you a (slightly) experimental instrumental jazz release from Italy. Over 40 minutes or 8 tracks worth of saxophone, piano, bass and percussion await you. Continue reading “Sandro Marinoni, Stefano Roncarolo, Roberto Padovan – [2009] Cold Flowers”