acid jazz Archive

Album Review: Mrs. Fun — Truth

I tend to look with skepticism at guitar-drum duos; for me, it’s been done to death, and few did it with as much creative success as Flat Duo Jets. But when it comes to keyboard-drum duos, I’m prepared to allow a bit more latitude, because the sonic possibilities of keys are more varied and expansive.

Album Review: Mushroom — Psychedelic Soul on Wax

File next to: Brian Auger’s Trinity, Can, David Byrne The four cuts on Psychedelic Soul on Wax are as different from another as can be, but then Mushroom has always confounded easy classification. “Flesh Failures (Let the Sun Shine In)” is a cover of the hit tune from the Hair soundtrack, served up here in

Album Review: The Dining Rooms — Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)?

More even than the album title, the title of the tenth track on Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? sums up the musical approach of The Dining Rooms on their twenfth full-length album. “Instrumental Hip Hop Is Back” delivers on its titular promise. The Milan, Italian group is essentially a duo – multi-instrumentalists and co-producers Stefano

Concert Review: Jaga Jazzist — Asheville NC, 23 June 2015

Demonstrating yet again that – more than sixty-odd years after the dawn of rock’n’roll – popular music idioms remain fertile ground for experimentation and cross-fertilization, Jaga Jazzist combines rock, jazz, electronica, trip-hop, and who-knows-what-else into music that is all and none of those things at once. And as their recent show at New Mountain in

Album Mini-review: Jaga Jazzist — Starfire

File Next to: Dungen, Zero 7 With their fifth album, 2010’s One-Armed Bandit, Jaga Jazzist seemed to have distilled their multifarious sound into a cohesive synthesis of downtempo, trip-hop, electronica, and experimental jazz; their approach suggested a cross between Zero 7 and Dungen. They followed that studio album with a live set, 2013’s Live with

Album Review: Eddie Roberts’ West Coast Sounds – It’s About Time

What’s that you say? You want some new music that features the expert precision and passion of jazz, and the oomph and fire of rock, but you don’t want the fussiness and self-absorption that sometimes comes with prog? Well, have I got some music for you. I first discovered Leeds, England-based The New Mastersounds back