Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Artist: The Jazzfakers (@)
Title: Two
Format: CD
Label: PAS Records (@)
Rated: *****
From the opening lines, the Jazzfakers bring back the funk. At first I thought that this was going to be relatively straightforward jazz ' in short, that they wouldn't be jazzfakers after all. It had a bit of weirdness to it and it was a bit chaotic ' just the way I like my jazz music, but was it really sent to the right outlet for review? This was a bit of a surprise to me as it was on PAS records, the mother ship of the ensemble Post Abortion Stress, which I had reviewed earlier. I need not have worried. As we move into 'Flying Carpet Transport,' we get a sense that this is not the kind of thing you'll hear on your local 'smooth jazz' station anytime soon. They definitely keep it interesting and as we move through the album it gets less and less like traditional jazz all while maintaining a hold on the roots. For example, Kenny G Voodoo Ceremony has some great tribal percussion going on, but this slips into Flower Cacophony which sounds like a more mainstream saxophone solo until it starts mixing with analog synth sounds and gets more and more like John Zorn on Bob Ostertag's 'Attention Span.' The album as a whole walks the line between standard jazz and noisy, crazy improv. Luckily they don't seem to take themselves too seriously and seem to have fun with the music. In short, if you're a fan of jazz and a fan of experimental music, this would definitely be one to pick up. Well done. This album weighs in at around 41 minutes.


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