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Nu jazz grew out of the combined influences of Jon Hassel’s Kiranic trumpet playing and ‘fourth world’ rhythms, Miles Davis’ soft tone and use of ambience on “In a Silent Way” and the early 90s intersection of jazz and electronica, particularly trip-hop, dub and down-tempo. Some early Nu Jazz artists include Niles Petter Molvaer and Bugge Wesseltoft. Over time, other influences were introduced to the Nu Jazz sound.

For a time, the jangly ambient guitar sound of post-rock was a big influence on Nu Jazz, but that may be fading now. Meanwhile, bands like Jagga Jazzist and Snarky Puppy have re-discovered the lush orchestrations of sophisticated easy listening and exotica arrangers such as Henry Mancini and Les Baxter. Yet another influence, one that has emerged from the sound of the popular Portico Quartet and others, is the use of repeating minimalist phrases. This use of short repeating melodic phrases not only comes from minimalist composers such as Steve Reich and Phillip Glass, but also from Zuehl artists and a long history of European art rock.

All of the above mentioned influences may appear on a Nu Jazz album, but not necessarily all. As Nu Jazz continues to develop, the most constant factors tend be a relaxed 'cool' approach, an influence from modern electronica and an appreciation for ironic kitsch and retro sounds. If all of this sounds complicated, a simple way to see much of Nu Jazz is as a merger between modern jazz and ambient music. One more element of the Nu Jazz style that is a little harder to explain is its insider ‘hipster’ stance. Jazz has often been a music that is appealing for those who ‘get it‘, and a mystery to those who don’t. Be-bop and Cool Jazz are good examples of styles that spoke a certain hipster language that was lost on outsiders. Nu Jazz continues that tradition in that people who dig Nu Jazz will recognize it when they hear it, but those outside of the culture will not.

Although there are musical differences between Nu Jazz and Contemporary Jazz, from a pop-culture standpoint, the more obvious difference between the two is Nu Jazz’s self-aware ’hipster’ stance compared to Contemporary Jazz’s more emotionally earnest approach.

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LAURA JURD Dinosaur : Together, As One

Album · 2016 · Nu Jazz
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Fresh wind from England - young London-based trumpeter Laura Jurd's new project Dinosaur just released their debut album, and the album sounds great!

On new album,four young guys play fun and full of positive energy jazz fusion, that kind Miles presented to the world on his music,coming from late 60s-early 70s, but with removed psychedelic component,so characteristic for "Bitches Brew" time. Instead Laura demonstrates attention to composition and as a result them all sound almost as pop (or rock) songs.

For sure it is not a level of innovation or experimentation what attracts in "Together, As One" - just there are already a few generations of listeners for whom "In A Silent Way" says close to nothing. Laura and Co. reinvent original jazz fusion (Miles Davis type) for Z-Generation using Miles legacy very carefully but at the same time making it sounding attractive for today's young listeners.

Mostly on every song Laura's trumpet flies over Hammond / Rhodes passages with tasteful and inventive support from rhythm section. Compositions are quite catchy and it is not strange first album reviews and massive live gigs program both already received very positive media around UK and in partially in continental Europe.

With no doubt one among most significant jazz releases coming from Britain this year.

NIECHĘĆ Niechęć

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Sometimes you don’t know what might show up in your mailbox, for instance this odd looking CD that arrived from Polish group Niechec. The strange album cover doesn’t reveal much, but what a great surprise when you give it a spin and all of this exciting and passionate modern jazz-rock comes firing out of the speakers. Because of their frequent use of repeating minimalist type passages, you could put Niechec in the nu jazz genre, but unlike many other nu jazz groups, there is nothing lite and fluffy about these guys, instead, like a lot of music from Poland, this CD is raw and emotional, and the band doesn’t mind raising some fierce noise when it is called for.

The music on here is so eclectic that it is probably best to view the tracks individually to get an idea of what is going on. Album opener, “Koniec”, is a harsh noisy jazz rock number with plenty of rapid change-ups in that style first initiated by the Mr Bungle/John Zorn school of music. On this track Maciej Zwierzchowski reveals his huge baritone sax sound, often playing heavy noire riffs that recall Mel Collins’ work on early King Crimson albums. Tomasz Wielechowski also turns in a fierce atonal solo on the distorted electric piano. The next three cuts reveal Niechec’s interest in a more relaxed electronica flavored post rock groove that recalls Tortoise or Masfel. Track 5, “Krew”, opens with atonal saxophone squawking that alternates with quieter sections and strange demented circus like music.

“Widzenie” uses a repeating piano part that sounds like classic prog rock to which they add a driving drumnbass beat and another free form sax solo. On “Atak”, the band digs heavy into that same ‘crime jazz soundtrack’ sound that inspired much of early King Crimson. Album closer, “Trzeba to Zrobic”, continues with more heavy saxophone sounds, sometimes recalling Doldinger’s first “Passport” album. This number closes with lots of crazy mayhem as the whole band chimes in with collective spiraling chaos.

Niechec is a band that deserves much wider recognition. There are other bands using the same hip modern sounds that these guys use, but the difference is that Niechec knows how to put a complex composition together, as well as a lengthy arrangement that makes sense. There should be a wider market available for these guys, including fans of modern prog rock, the wilder side of today’s jazz rock scene and anyone looking for interesting, eclectic and unpredictable music.

BORIS SAVOLDELLI Savoldelli Casarano Bardoscia : The Great Jazz Gig In The Sky

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The world doesn’t need another faithful tribute to Pink Floyd’s much ballyhooed “Dark Side of the Moon”, which is why Boris Savodelli’s “The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky” is such a relief. This isn’t a tribute as much as it is a radical deconstruction and subversive re-creation, while still maintaining a sense of integrity with the original album. This new album sounds like “Dark Side” in a post-apocalypse future, the original album’s big stadium rock sound has been gutted and replaced with whispering industrial drift, echoed sax melodies and mournful bowed strings. Although Savodelli is one of the top singers of today, he delivers these songs with a dry raspy voice that sounds like someone telling their last tale before checking out for good. ’Great Jazz Gig’ is dark and troubled, yet oddly attractive, and even ‘pretty’ at times due to Raffaele Casarano’s sweet tone on the saxophone.

Only three musicians make up this album, the aforementioned Savoldelli and Casarano, and double bass player Marco Bardoscia, who supplies lonely walking bass lines and faux string quartet bowing. All three musicians expand their presence via various looping and echo devices, and everyone in the group manipulates various electronic processing devices. Their overall sound together is of the hypnotic psychedelic ‘nu-jazz’ variety, with an uneasy industrial hum lurking in the background. Fusion guitarist Dewa Budjana joins for a lengthy psychedelic solo on “Us and Them”.

Many consider the original “Dark Side of the Moon” to be a rock and/or ‘progressive rock’ classic, yet when ’Dark Side’ first came out, it was actually met with some trepidation amongst early Pink Floyd fans, as well as fans of early prog rock. Many saw the album’s big stadium sound and simplified music as a calculated move by bassist Roger Waters to achieve greater popularity and more money. This proved true as Floyd paved the way to the heartland of US suburbia for other bands who adopted a similar approach. Savoldelli’s off-the-wall ‘Great Jazz Gig’ returns Floyd to their original intricate and experimental state as originally initiated by Syd Barret, Richard Wright, Nick Mason ... and Roger Waters when he was younger.

HAPPY 55 A Magic Word / Волшебное слово

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HAPPY 55 is an interesting musical act from the southern industrial city of Voronezh, Russia which personally i have never heard of before but appears to be in close proximity to the Eastern Ukraine. While sometimes cited as a duo consisting of pianist, composer and main band member Iaroslav Brisov and percussionist Aleksandr Bitiutskikh, they added a third member Gennadiy Chuhlov to handle clarinet and additional synths. It sounds to me that there is some bass guitar at times but no credits are given so i assume perhaps it was synthesized instead of incorporating a real musician. HAPPY 55 has been garnering attention in their native land as being highly original and sounding like no other musical entity. And indeed i have to say that i can attest to that sentiment.

This music is almost impossible to classify as it covers a lot of territory but for progressive rock lovers it falls into the Rock In Opposition camp as it has that familiar avant-garde feel of the more energetic bands in that world but is firmly rooted in the classical and jazz worlds as well. This is an all instrumental album with lots of emphasis on piano, synthesizers and clarinet interactions with different passages through different moods and sonic textures. Sometimes you get the feel of Philip Glass, sometimes it treads into post-bop territory all with a Rachmaninoff concerto romanticism wending its way throughout the beautiful melodic progressions that twist and turn into new ones that keep a steady stream flowing while still being firmly rooted in the avant-garde. Generally speaking the piano maintains the melodic classical meets jazz feel while the clarinet covers the Rock In Opposition. There are just too many classical and jazz influences to even begin to mention as this stuff changes it up frequently.

While this could be considered rock in some circles there are no guitars to be heard, scarce bass and the drumming style is clearly straddling both jazz and RIO fields. This is pretty complex music as far as both melody and rhythms go and it is ever changing, ranging from the mellowest pastoral passages to extremely energetic outbursts that do bring a rock feel to the table. This is truly music that is outside of the box of orthodoxies in any rock, classical or jazz contexts. The fact that they have somehow qualified to be within the parameters of all these genres is a testament to the high quality and devotion put into every detail. Not only is the music amazingly complex but the production is first rate as well. This sounds like a spiffy modern day recording in the most professional manner.

This was actually quite surprising to hear as i wasn’t seeking anything of this sort to fulfill any musical yearnings. I love music that takes you somewhere somewhat familiar on different levels but throws all the rules out the window and totally surprises you. Well, HAPPY 55 has done just that. While true i would love to hear this music more developed with more instruments and encompassing larger thematic possibilities there is no doubt that this particular album as it is has a lot to digest without being totally alienating upon first listen. While the virtuosic musicianship is top notch, it really boils down to the outstanding song constructions and mood building dynamics that make this such a primo listen. I truly look forward to hearing more from HAPPY 55 in the future. And yes i agree with others that the album cover is quite lame but don’t let that interfere with letting yourself hear some amazingly performed music.

ALEX HUTTON Magna Carta Suite

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More than ten years ago a friend of mine said "Best English jazz comes from what is known as Canterbury scene". At that time we got stuck already for two or three days in foggy Gt.Yarmouth waiting for gleams of brighter sky letting chopper pilots to take the plunge of making the flight over grey fall's North Sea. All hopeless. Empty pebbled streets and ancient fame inheriting buildings in combination with quay's countless glass halls overfilled with neon-glossy plastic of game machines,all washed by English endless petite rain looked as excellent scenery for hours of meaningless conversations. So I didn't pay much attention to his phrase, but much later I remembered it again and again.

For fans of Japanese jazz it is a well known subject how many hot discussions was held around authenticity of that music. Because of historical/political reasons it started forming very late, in fact in early 70s only, and even having some successful examples still remains half-opened question. English jazz has much longer and much more successful history, but still speaking about its originality there are three main streams in modern jazz and fusion that could be counted as uniquely English (at least for us, non-British jazz fans): firstly, quirky (often close to self-parody) free-form improvisational music,led by Derek Bailey, second, tuneful and often just beautiful rock-jazz from late 60s-early 70s known as Canterbury scene, and finally, the recent London acid jazz. Of all three, it's the Canterbury scene which really deeply rooted in English tradition (even if since as rule this music was played by rock musicians,using some jazz techniques and arrangements, for some listeners it probably couldn't be classified as jazz at all).

Pianist Alex Hutton,leading the trio with Russian born bassist Yuri Golubev and the Israeli born drummer Asaf Sirkis,is one among most interesting English jazz musicians playing what could be tagged as nu jazz - organic mix of rock songs structures and simplicity, jazz techniques and improvisation plus touch of European chamber tradition.His previous album “Legentis” was good example of music that fits perfect to hipster bars. When three years after he returned with “Magna Carta Suite”, an album tagged as and looking like one of these neo-progressive rock releases,I was surprised a lot. Press release contains an informative and quite detailed information about inspirations,coming from past,history and time.

Still after first minutes of listening my concerns about possible music changes have gone. Despite the fact that Alex trio is improved with Liz Palmer(Baroque flute)and Liesbeth Allart(Cor anglias) on some songs, it is still very same his tasteful and stylish nu jazz, with some baroque taste this time. Excellent rhythm section supply lot of groove and as a result the listener has no doubt if the music he listens is jazz. Alex compositions are well packed,mostly English folk rooted and from outside they often sound as you're listening to saloon jazz band, trying to play their own rock songs. Combination of jazzy techniques,rockish rhythms and structures and English folk melodies (with some baroque elements constantly presented) makes this music something that could be without big risk called "true English jazz", or modern days Canterbury scene(even if it is actually the opposite formula to genuine Canterbury progressive rock).

Two last album's (who lasts only 39 minutes,the length more usual for vinyl age) compositions are obviously most controversial ones - added Neil Sparks mostly recitative voice,reading his own "Magna Carta Suite - Xerox Sonnets & X-Ray Blues" sounds as two real progressive rock pieces, having nothing to do with jazz. It looks such ending disturbed many reviewers coming from a jazz point of view, for me it sounds as very natural part of cross-genre musical work.

Stylish, accessible and original album, one you will listen more than once for sure.

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