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Motion by Cinematic Orchestra

It is uncommon for a "jazz" album to come from a label like the U.K's Ninja Tune, but times are changing: enter the Cinematic Orchestra. The album, "Motion" written and produced by J.Swinscoe is an intricate hybrid of jazz and electronic sampling, although the integration of live (drums, soprano and alto sax, acoustic and electric piano, trumpet and flugelhorn, acoustic and electric bass) and sampled instruments is difficult to distinguish. "Durian" explores soundscapes not common to contemporary jazz, washes of colour drifting over horns and piano, while "Bluebirds" contemplates harsh chrashing drums in an odd meter. The standouts, "Channel 1 Suite" and "Diabolus", complete the experince with melodies you won't soon forget the next day. The most interesting aspect of the album are the intermitent spikes of sound effects that drop out of nowhere; they remind us that jazz is entering a new century, open to new experiments and ideas. "Motion" is just that,and will be an electro-jazz standard for the next millenium.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Cinematic Orchestra
  • CD Title: Motion
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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