Live with Britten Sinfonia

Live with Britten Sinfonia

by Jaga Jazzist


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Given the depth of Jaga Jazzist's sophistication and their wide-ranging musical vision that encompasses everything from free jazz to hip-hop, from techno to funk, from rock to modern composition, this Norwegian ensemble is a natural partner for a collaboration with the internationally renowned Britten Sinfonia under the direction of Christian Eggen. The material was chosen from JJ's catalog (particularly from the One-Armed Bandit album, which they were touring in support of), and is beautifully arranged, performed, and recorded. While the lengthy treatment of "One-Armed Bandit" opens with strings, brass, and winds playing something that resembles a cadenza from one of the Sinfonia's namesake's symphonies, it quickly quiets down into the nearly pastoral for a few minutes before JJ enters with a persistent beat-head pulse, and the piece morphs into a symphonic, progressive jazz workout with a fantastic array of colors. The plucked strings and bass clarinet that introduce "Kitty Wu" set up a compelling juxtaposition that expands to include synths, loops, breaks, and a contrapuntal dialogue between electric guitars, brass, organic and synthetic rhythms, striding strings, and expansive winds. Not all of this gig works, however. At nearly 11 minutes, "Bananfluer Overalt" reveals surprisingly little in terms of contrast, dynamic, or adventure -- even with its killer rock guitar solo -- and "Toccata" says more about the Sinfonia than it does JJ; the winds shine brighter than the brass-heavy, Euro-big-band chart. Neither of these pieces is dull, it's just that the earlier part of the album creates great expectations. Thankfully, those are met on the set's last two pieces, the formidable rock and sonic effects fireworks that color the orchestra's pulsing energy on "Music! Dance! Drama!," and the beautifully articulated tonal and textural journey that transforms this reading of "Oslo Skyline." While Live with the Britten Sinfonia may be too formal to provide the wild, free-ranging ride that one might expect from this adventurous lot, it is dazzling in its own right and in almost all the right ways.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2013
Label: Ninja Tune
UPC: 5021392809120
catalogNumber: 196

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jaga Jazzist   Primary Artist
David Powell   Tuba
Clare Finnimore   Viola
Joy Hawley   Cello
Katherine Shave   Violin
Ben Chappell   Cello
Christian Eggen   Conductor
Marcus Broome   Violin
Roger Linley   Double Bass
Andreas Mjos   Guitar,Percussion,Vibes
Lars Horntveth   Flute,Guitar,Piano,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Lap Steel Guitar,B-Flat Clarinet
Martin Horntveth   Drums
Even Ormestad   Bass,Keyboards
Bridget Carey   Viola
Gillon Cameron   Violin
Chris ONeal   Oboe
Mathias Eick   Piano,Trumpet,Keyboards,Vibes,Upright Bass
Beatrix Lovejoy   Violin
Line Horntveth   Flute,Percussion,Tuba,Glockenspiel,Vocals
Marcus Forsgren   Electric Guitar
Thomas Gould   Violin
Emer McDonough   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo
Toby Kearney   Percussion
Joy Farrall   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Caroline Dearnley   Cello
Phillip Eastop   Horn
Erik Johannessen   Percussion,Trombone,Vocals
Øystein Moen   Synthesizer,Piano
Alexandra Reid   Violin
Tom Hankey   Viola
Jon Stokes   Trombone
David Eaglestone   Bass Trombone
Anne Bradley   Violin
Tony Bedewi   Percussion
Judith Kelly   Violin
Elizabeth Trigg   Bassoon
Ed Mills   Horn

Technical Credits

Asle Karstad   Live Sound
Andreas Mjos   Composer
Lars Horntveth   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Thomas Hukkelberg   Engineer
Jørgen Munkeby   Composer
Espen Høydalsvik   Live Sound
Erik Johannessen   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration

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