Exploring Modern Jazz. 5 Albums from the West and Beyond

The waves are rising and evolving. Image by artgiagzhel

Today we invite you for a jazzy mood, from humble quiet voices to bright and free improvisations. All five albums are calm in general, but hiding different sorts of enrgy behind sophisticated covers.

1. Kinkajous – Being Waves (2021)

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Let’s start with Kinkajous’ album with a title which speaks for itself. It seems the music opens the gates to augmented reality, the one that the listeners found themself in. Perhaps, unique one for each soul. It may be black and white as this fashionable video for “Those Real”. Otherwise, in full color, vivid and passionate. For sure, your own circumstances matter. The rest will be done by jazzy pleasure, just appearing in fragile reality.

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2. Jusell, Prymek, Sage, Shiroishi – Yamawarau (山笑う) (2021)

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ This noteworthy quartet, also known as Fuubutsushi, has recorded several works fully driven by imagination and the essence of presence. Sounding pretty much natural, the compositions are reach both in selected acoustic parties and electronic things like samples and synths. There is a room for field recordings as well. Joining these voices together, the authors established their own perception of the world which you are going to taste right away. It’s a great experience to deal with!

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3. Spirograph Studies – Lowlights (2021)

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Our next stop is in Melbourne, where we meet a local band Spirograph Studies. Their second album, “Lowlights”, collects wide range of impressions. Some of them tend to be melancholic, whilst there is a plenty of cinematic parts, and accents for the piano, double bass and drum parties. All music is written by Tamara Murphy, the group’s leader and producer. Along with the sound of the double bass, you’ll hear her own nice voice if you’ll be attentive to the details.

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4. The Motion Orchestra – All One (2021)

πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Time to arrive at Hamburg, where David Hanke has organized this band back in the year 2017. His domain is electronics, arrangements and producing. He managed to make a wonderful team and mate the string with drums and digital technologies. Sounding in a kind of orchestral way, the music of the quartet stays minimal in the same time, touching and soulful. You hold the breath for a moment and this moment lasts and lives. Stay with this tine sensation, and you’ll get the gift hiding behind the notes and the melodies.

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5. Johannes Luebbers – Divide and Conquer (2021)

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Back to Melbourne, this time for completely different emotions. Johannes Luebbers’ jazz band includes a wide set of wind instruments, from the flute to the trombone, the piano, the bass and the drums. The variety of voices is adjusted in moderate and thoughtful way. So the organic sound of the collective has nothing to do with loud and persistent manner expected from a big brass band. Instead of it, a listener is able to enjoy every single voice and couplings of the parties in magical ways.

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