Monday, January 18, 2010

One-Armed Bandit on the money


WITH One-Armed Bandit, a return from a five-year hiatus, Jaga Jazzist have hit the jackpot.
With their fifth studio album, the Norwegian nine-piece experimental jazz orchestra, led by Lars Horntveth, continue to defy categorisation, melding mainly jazz, electronica, and rock with a mind-bending array of other genres.
On 220V/Spektral there's sections with a hint of funk, Toccata has a classical feel, One-Armed Bandit has an Afropop feel to the main riff, and these are mere drops in the ocean of playful eclecticism here.
This is complex, shifting, experimental jazz at its very best - with a cherry on top, you might say.

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