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  • Audio CD (4 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spare Thought
  • ASIN: B00KN0C5XW
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Following a flurry of critical acclaim for their debut single Springful / Am Gone in January, Adult Jazz have announced their anticipated debut album, 'Gist Is' on 4th Aug 2014, via their own label Spare Thought. A single-note drone fills the air, joined by a lilting, pitch-shifted vocal. The mercurial melody falls between folk, plainsong, pop and jazz, the words trigger equally beguiling images and the voice has an uninhibited, freestyle timbre. At seven minutes and twenty nine seconds, 'Hum' is as audacious as it is a brilliant introduction to a record. Through nine tracks and 51 minutes, their debut album released on the bands own label Spare Thought, is a voyage thats startling, mesmerising and magical from start to finish. ' Gist Is' also evolved intuitively, taking four years to finish. Studies (and more recently, day jobs) had to be factored in, but the dominant factor was having the freedom, to write and to realise a direction as we went along. There was no prescribed path for the album, so we could take an internalised approach.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Four blokes from Leeds doing arty stuff. It might be possible
to think this about Adult Jazz's debut album 'Gist Is' until one
digs down into it and find forgiveness for their willfully obscure
lyrical conceits and complex but tightly-structured arrangements.
Forgiveness, too, because when push comes to shove there's
something rather appealing about their hard-won musical vision.

Harry Burgess has an interesting voice; a tad wayward but
entirely at home within the walls of these nine impressive
compositions. It is at its sinuous best on tracks like opener
'Hum', where an introductory dirge evolves into something
more akin to a swampy but snappy Delta grind, shot through
with brassy synth decorations and quasi-Medieval vocal harmonies
and the rather lovely 'Pigeon Skulls' where his slightly effete
falsetto rings out beautifully in a limpid melody which I could
imagine Cassandra Wilson having fun with (think her 'Travelling
Miles' album, 1999). 'Spooks', at almost ten minutes long, somewhat
overstays its welcome and has a few too many ingredients thrown
into the pot to make a coherent stew but numbers like 'Be A Girl'
with its crisp staccato rhythm and the exotic tribal blues of 'Idiot
Mantra' more than make up for minor lapses in judgement and focus.

Comparisons with Wild Beasts are not unwarranted but Adult Jazz are well
on the way to finding a distinctive voice of their own in The Listening World.

Recommended.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pollo on 18 Nov. 2014
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Refreshing - 9 out of 10 21 Aug. 2014
By Justin Pearson - Published on Amazon.com
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A splashing debut in the pool of modern music, 'Gist Is' calls upon the experimentation of Dirty Projectors or perhaps even Grizzly Bear, yet still maintains an exciting originality in the vein of those reveal-more-with-each-listen albums that are always a delight to discover and sink into with ears fully open.

Seemingly eschewing a rigid structure to the songs, the freestyle compositions take on a solid life of their own and invite you into their world. These are places you will want to visit again and again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I Bow My Head in Awe. 17 Aug. 2014
By Russell Colwell - Published on Amazon.com
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Creative, original, full of unexpected and beautiful twists and turns and fidelities, with nothing wasted and not a sound without a fitting and felicitous purpose, this is music of the highest calibre!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of 2014 best 28 Dec. 2014
By pandu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
One of the best records in 2014. It is still widely under the radar in the US but along with FK Twigs, Adult Jazz deserves wider recognition
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars 14 Jan. 2015
By Michael M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
By far the most amazing album of 2014.
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