Live with Britten Sinfonia

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2013
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • EAN: 5021392809120
  • Catalog Number: 196
  • Sales rank: 66,917

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One-Armed Bandit - Britten Sinfonia (15:24)
  2. 2 Kitty Wu - Britten Sinfonia (6:24)
  3. 3 Prungen - Britten Sinfonia (7:16)
  4. 4 Bananfluer Overalt - Britten Sinfonia (10:57)
  5. 5 For All You Happy People - Britten Sinfonia (6:33)
  6. 6 Toccata - Britten Sinfonia (8:31)
  7. 7 Music! Dance! Drama! - Britten Sinfonia (6:25)
  8. 8 Oslo Skyline - Britten Sinfonia (6:12)
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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
Morgan Nicolaysen Mastering
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