Thursday, 4 June 2015

Jaga Jazzist - Starfire


Jaga Jazzist are another outfit like Snarky Puppy who are the modern equivalent of a big band, mixing multi instrumentation and personnel to produce a wide screen instrumental music blending jazz, rock, classical etc. But on this latest album, Jaga Jazzist have based the album around a more techno, electronic foundation. Lots of synths and programmed percussion mix with the more traditional guitars, woodwind, brass and drum kit to produce a joyous series of instrumental pieces. This is like systems music, but with a jazz swing and prog rock time changes enabling each composition to go through many developments and alternatives. But they never forget a tune, which makes this complex music so adventurous yet approachable. Another winning release.


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