Jaga Jazzist – Starfire (2015) [Bleep FLAC 24/96]

Jaga Jazzist – Starfire (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 49:54 minutes | 582 MB | Genre: Jazz, Electronic
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Jaga Jazzist (also known as Jaga) is an experimental jazz band from Norway. This is the band’s sixth studio album. Starfire is a beautiful, visceral, utterly exhilarating piece of work that keeps spiralling up and away, structurally complex, musically rigorous, but without ever losing touch with a certain earthy sensuality and human sympathy.

Growing in strength means shrinking the track list as the ever-evolving Jaga Jazzist begin to prefer suite-sized music on this 2015 LP. Two of the five cuts on Starfire pass the ten-minute mark, as the Norwegian ensemble blends jazz, space rock, and hippie-aimed trip-hop into one free-flowing mass of funk that deserves to stretch its legs. Consider it an earned exhale after the buttoned-up classicism of the previous album, Live with Britten Sinfonia, but whatever the reason, the highlights are the grooves that last the longest with “Big City Music”, “Oban”, and the title cut taking win, place, and show. The mood is free but heavy as ominous bits wind in and out, and while Starfire certainly isn’t as game-changing as LPs like Agharta and Pangaea, the mood and spirit is that of Miles in the ’70s, but with the mechanically precise rhythms one would expect from a group born in the era of acid jazz.

Tracklist:
01 – Starfire
02 – Big City Music
03 – Shinkansen
04 – Oban
05 – Prungen

Musicians:
Marcus Forsgren – guitars, effects
Even Ormestad – bass, keyboards
Andreas Mjøs – vibraphone, guitars, drums, electronics
Line Horntveth – tuba, percussion
Martin Horntveth – drums, drum-machines
Lars Horntveth – tenor sax, bass-clarinet, guitars, keyboards
Øystein Moen – keyboards
Erik Johannessen – trombone, percussion

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