JAMIROQUAI

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Active beginning in the early '90s, Jamiroquai has amassed a steady stream of hits in its native U.K. and experienced chart success in just about every other area of the world, with an irresistible blend of house rhythms and '70s-era soul/funk (the latter, especially, leading early on to claims of Stevie Wonder imitations). The band has gone though several lineup changes during their career, but through it all their leader has remained singer/songwriter Jason Kay (aka J.K.). Born on December 30, 1969, in Stretford, Manchester, Kay's mother, Karen, was a jazz singer who regularly performed at nightclubs, and in the '70s had her own TV show. After leaving home at the age of 15, Kay found himself homeless and in trouble with the law (by committing petty crimes to get by). After a near-death experience (where he was attacked and stabbed) and being arrested for a crime he did not read more...
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JAMIROQUAI Emergency on Planet Earth album cover 3.88 | 10 ratings
Emergency on Planet Earth
Acid Jazz 1993
JAMIROQUAI The Return of the Space Cowboy album cover 4.46 | 13 ratings
The Return of the Space Cowboy
Acid Jazz 1994
JAMIROQUAI Travelling Without Moving album cover 3.53 | 10 ratings
Travelling Without Moving
Acid Jazz 1996
JAMIROQUAI Synkronized album cover 2.83 | 3 ratings
Synkronized
Acid Jazz 1999
JAMIROQUAI A Funk Odyssey album cover 3.58 | 4 ratings
A Funk Odyssey
Acid Jazz 2001
JAMIROQUAI Dynamite album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Dynamite
Acid Jazz 2005
JAMIROQUAI Rock Dust Light Star album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Rock Dust Light Star
Acid Jazz 2010
JAMIROQUAI Automaton album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Automaton
RnB 2017
JAMIROQUAI DMC Jamiroquai Monsterjam album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
DMC Jamiroquai Monsterjam
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 2017

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JAMIROQUAI LateNightTales: Jamiroquai album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
LateNightTales: Jamiroquai
Acid Jazz 2003
JAMIROQUAI High Times: Singles 1992-2006 album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
High Times: Singles 1992-2006
Acid Jazz 2006
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Rare Live & Remixed
Acid Jazz 2006

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Too Young to Die
Acid Jazz 1993
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King for a Day
Acid Jazz 1999
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Seven Days in Sunny June
Acid Jazz 2005
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(Don't) Give Hate a Chance
Acid Jazz 2005
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Runaway
Acid Jazz 2006

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Live in Verona
Acid Jazz 2002
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Live At Montreux 2003
Acid Jazz 2009

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JAMIROQUAI The Return of the Space Cowboy

Album · 1994 · Acid Jazz
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"Return of the Space Cowboy", Jamiroquai's second full album release, certainly breaches the realm of Acid Jazz, much more so than Jamiroquai's far funkier debut album "Emergency on Planet Earth." "Return of the Space Cowboy" has an eclectic diversity that indeed makes this a great album to listen to in it's entirety. Toby's mastery of his bag of keyboards shines throughout this album from the dominant clavinet part in "Stillness in Time", to the quirky synth parts in "Half the Man", and smooth fender Rhodes solo in "Mr. Moon". Zender brings a quite melodic bass line to the forefront in "Manifest Destiny", along with displaying his technical ability in "Mr. Moon" and "Scam". The exotic digeridoo of Walis Buchanan returns for another bout in the midst of this album in "Journey to Arnhemland." Derrick McKenzie, Jamiroqui's current drummer also makes an impressive debut on this album as well. The final track "Space Cowboy" is indeed a must listen to as well.

JAMIROQUAI The Return of the Space Cowboy

Album · 1994 · Acid Jazz
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I dare you not to tap your feet while listening to this album.



"The Return of the Space Cowboy" is a tremendous album by British acid-jazz/funk group Jamiroquai, led by singer Jay Kay. It's full of jamming, it's hallucinogenic, and has less faux-environmental political lyrics than the band's debut, yet it still managed to raise the 'quai's fanbase around the world.

So, here's my description of the music presented here: a mix of funk, jazz and rock featuring a hyperactive rhythm section (featuring thunderman extraordinaire Stuart Zender on bass), Fender Rhodes, nice brass lines, flute and the vocal talents of Jay Kay, who sounds somewhat too much like Stevie Wonder. Recommended to fans of jazz-funk and acid-jazz.



Highlights: Just Another Story, Stillness in Time, The Kids, Scam, Space Cowboy.

JAMIROQUAI Emergency on Planet Earth

Album · 1993 · Acid Jazz
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I first came to Jamiroquai for their pop/funk hits released throughout the new millennium, they offered a different angle to what the mainstream is used to, with music inspired by disco and 70s funk, and not simply superficial music.

However, it is the 90s Jamiroquai that is purely musical-focused and not trying to score hits (although they still did, not surprisingly). The early Jamiroquai belonged to the wave of British acid jazz from the 90s and they were one of the best at it.

Their debut, Emergency on Planet Earth, released in 1993 brought back to the music industry the grooves and well arranged compositions of Stevie Wonder and the like. Not only that, Jamiroquai also had a message, awareness to the world concerning man-made natural disasters (deforestation, pollution, etc), although he would later adopt a more friendly set of lyrics.

While some funk-heads may criticise Jamiroquai for not doing anything new, there are some others who think that the band achieved to produce some infectious songs containing great musicianship and smart interludes. Yes, I belong to the 21st century music crowd, so maybe I stick to Jamiroquai as ‘my Stevie Wonder’, but actually I like both for different reasons. I really don’t think Stevie ever really grooved like Jamiroquai does.

However, this album is nonetheless 'retro', the funky guitar, the disco-inspired string arrangements, the slapping bass, fusion-like keyboards, catchy brass lines, you name it. And although in some cases you can pin-point some bands that might have influenced this, for me Jamiroquai made a perfect sum-up of the vast funk movement of the 70s and turned it into their own, like a "best of 70s straight-funk" featuring the singular vocals of Jay Kay and the 90s production.

Emergency on Planet Earth is groovy from start to finish, and each song has different arrangements and in some cases they're full blown instrumentals. And although I find the whole album to be above average funk/acid jazz, there are certain highlights I'd like to mention.

'Too Young to Die' is the first one, and it's one of my favourite funk songs. It's incredibly catchy with its bass line and friendly vocals, but not only that, it has some very nice string and brass arrangements which add a lot to the song, and even an instrumental break typical of good funk/fusion bands.

'Music of My Mind' is another highlight, with its chilled fusion-like introduction full of synthesizers; it later evolves into a fast-paced instrumental with noteworthy solos and arrangements.

'Blow You Mind' is the perfect balance between vocal-led song and instrumental, with Jay even scatting alongside the brass resulting very pleasant. There are some great spacey keyboards throughout by Toby Smith, making the song actually “blow your mind”.

'Revolution 1993' is the last highlight, a 10 minute song that is presented like an actual revolution, where the music becomes tighter and louder by the end. Throughout you can listen to the great rhythm section and thoughtful brass, plus the initial addictive synth line. One of Jamiroquai's finest moments if you ask me.

Although many jazz fans are allergic to funky ("commercial") rhythms, I still think that this album is excellent and one of the classics of acid jazz, in spite of the retro sound. So, if you like catchy jazz-inspired music, Jamiroquai is both, addictive and interesting instrumentally.

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