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Jaga Jazzist - A Living Room Hush



Jaga Jazzist A Living Room Hush
Jaga Jazzist - A Living Room Hush
(LP/CD) Ninja Tune ZEN76/ZENCD76, 2002-11-25

Info :
L'album "A living room hush" était sorti en 2002 sur le petit label Norvégien Smalltown Supersound. Mon disquaire me l'avait présenté comme un mélange entre Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, du free Jazz et les Boards Of Canada. Bien évidemmment, je l'avait acheté (sans le regretter). 6 mois plus tard lorsque Ninja Tune sort un nouvel album de Jaga Jazzist, je me rue dessus, la pochette est très zolie, comme pour toutes les sorties Ninja tune (c'est Strictly Kev de Dj Food qui assure le graphisme), mais... en fait c'est le même album que celui que j'ai déjà, que les Ninjas sortent sur le reste du monde (hors Norvège). Petite déception personnelle, mais finalement c'est pour le bien de toutes les oreilles que Ninja tune a décidé de publier cet album, me dis-je.
Le groupe Jaga Jazzist rassemble 10 artistes, tous actifs dans d'autres groupes tels que le Bobby Hughes Experience (très cool album chez Stereo Deluxe en 2002), Bugge Wesseltoft, Jazzkammer, Biosphere (les autres je n'en ai jamais entendu parler). 2 trompettes, un trombone, une guitare électrique, une basse, un tuba, 2 clarinettes basse, un Fender Rhodes et un vibraphone qui jouent, mixés par un expérimentateur sonore, c'est forcément inclassable et finira dans le pseudo-rayon electro-jazz. C'est du jazz tout simplement. Malmenant moultes influences allant de Soft Machine et Tortoise à John Coltrane et Boards Of Canada, electronica, jazz et envolées rock, cet extrait "Lithuania" risque fort de vous emmener tout droit chez votre disquaire...
Note : 5/5

CD Tracklisting:
01 Animal Chin
02 Going Down
03 Press Play
04 Airbourne
05 Real Racecars Have Doors
06 Low Battery
07 Midget
08 Made For Radio
09 Lithuania | Download mp3
10 Cinematic

Jaga Jazzist A Living Room Hush
Jaga Jazzist - A Living Room Hush
(LP/CD) Ninja Tune ZEN76/ZENCD76, 2002-11-25

Note : 5/5

CD Tracklisting:
01 Animal Chin
02 Going Down
03 Press Play
04 Airbourne
05 Real Racecars Have Doors
06 Low Battery
07 Midget
08 Made For Radio
09 Lithuania
10 Cinematic

LP Tracklisting:
A1 Animal Chin
A2 Going Down
A3 Press Play
A4 Airbourne
A5 Real Racecars Have Doors
A6 Low Battery
B1 Midget
B2 Made For Radio
B3 Lithuania
B4 Cinematic

Press Release :
Early this year remarkable reviews began to appear in the British music press for the latest sensations to come out of Scandinavia. There was a difference to many of the other acts earning Norway its reputation at the time, though. Jaga Jazzist is what can only be described as a supergroup. The ten members of the band are also active participants in, Kim Hiorthoy's group, Bobby Hughes Experience, Bugges Wesseltoft, Motorpsycho, Big Bang, Euroboys, Jazzkammer, Biosphere, Supersilent, Alog and Lasse Marhaug, covering every type of music from electronica, nu-jazz and rock. Jaga Jazzist are well known in Norway for contributing to almost every quality Norwegian record released in recent times.

The comparisons reached for by the press were as broad as they get - from Talk Talk, Soft Machine, Eric Satie, John Coltrane and Don Cherry to acts like Aphex Twin, Stereolab, Squarepusher, Isotope 217 and Tortoise. This range sums up the breadth and originality of the group's sound. Jaga Jazzist are indeed a musical one off who’s arsenal includes trumpets, trombone, electric guitar, bass, tuba, two bass clarinets, Fender Rhodes and vibraphone, and it is the mixture of these instruments with a sometimes harsh electronic edge that really makes the music stand out. It is melodic, delicate and subtle but a million miles from wallpaper music. It is music that demands and rewards attention, further proof that you don't have to shout to avoid being lazy chill-out-by-numbers.

The group came to the attention of Ninja Tune who will be releasing their work outside of Norway from now on and while "A Livingroom Hush" garnered critical acclaim , its distribution was patchy. Hence, this re-release, complete with the very odd but very wonderful Monty-Python-on-safari promo video from "Animal Chin".
It's a journey into sounds and moods that manages to sound both classic and contemporary and is an oasis to anyone interested in music which combines iconoclasm with beauty, melody with avant gardism and, in general, a complete lack of interest in anything other than good music.
Djouls

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