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Motion [CD]

Cinematic Orchestra Audio CD
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Background: The aptly-named Cinematic Orchestra (TCO) were formed by J. Swinscoe back in 1999. At the time Jay was still an employee at Ninja Tune in South London, where he was responsible for export sales at the long-standing independent record label. Swinscoe arrived at London Bridge from Scotland via Yorkshire and Cardiff with a background playing bass and guitar in bands and DJing, as well ... Read more in Amazon's Cinematic Orchestra Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B000025AM5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Durian
2. Ode To The Big Sea
3. Night Of The Iguana
4. Channel 1 Suite
5. Bluebirds
6. And Relax!
7. Diabolus

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Motion, the debut album from DJ Jason Swinscoe's Cinematic Orchestra, is a future jazz classic. Each track perfectly marries mood and substance, mixing shuffling percussion and galloping drum breaks with chilled pianos, melancholy strings and live jazz horns. Heavy acoustic basslines mingle with samples of old blues singers and twinkly electric piano solos. It's a dark, late night brew that conjures up images of smoke-filled jazz clubs and dimly lit concert halls. But this is no exercise in jazz pastiche-­Swinscoe genuinely loves the genre, and it shows. On Motion, he never slips into pointless jazz noodling opting instead for rolling breakbeats, moody soundtrack sounds and deft horn touches. Consequently, Motion is a brilliant album of dark, soundtrack jazz that'll make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.--Matt Anniss

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark brilliance 2 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first listened to Motion while browsing a CD store in Brighton some years ago. I was completely, utterly bowled over and I knew I had to have this CD. There is certainly something cinematic about this music - it suggest familiar images from film noir territory. In my opinion, in terms of sheer mood impact "Motion" is up there with Miles Davis' minor masterpiece "Ascenseur pour l' Echafaud". "Motion" is an extraordinary CD, what with the perfect musicianship or the added detail of a cryptic sleeve that discloses very little about the band behind it. If you like brooding, late-night jazz with a whiff of dark foreboding then this is your ticket.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's jazz Jim, but not as we know it!! 13 Sep 2008
By Paul
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was a bit dismayed to read some of the reviews pushing this as great jazz, mainly because I have a large collection of jazz (both old and new) and this is probably the least likely thing I've got that falls into that genre. It feels overly repetitive, with the occasional high point - but they are too few to make it anything more than OK. It breaks no new ground, sounds quite derivative, but three stars for the quality of recording & it is well put together. But if you consider this to be great jazz you need to listen to more and cast your net wider.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By R.O. P
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to the Cinematic Orchestra's albums out of unison. I first bought The Remixes ,then recently Everyday which I found superb and so recently I bought the debut Motion. For Motion lacking the more melodic sound of the mellower new masterpiece Everyday . Motion is dark through out. The whole album oozes 1950's smoky bass lines sassy horns and percussions, with snippetts of stylish jazzy vocals that resemble Simone on the dangerous sleazy opener Durian. Channell 1 suit is completely out of charecter being more of a club orientaded track from the rest of this straigt contempory jazz set which flows along with echoes heavilly of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Forget the comercial compilation chill out albums for winding down. This album is a seious late night lounger, for the post club post party crowd to see in the dawn. The whole sound is dark and moody, and the tempoe remains as late night down beats. Another winner from the Cinematic Orchestra.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Kind of Blue? You're joking. 4 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
OK, so I don't know much about The Cinematic Orchestra... I bought Ma Fleur a year or so back and loved it so after reading that people really rated "Motion" and compared it to "Kind of Blue" I thought I'd give it a whirl. Oh dear. Parts of the album are mellow enough with the use of muted trumpet etc to get a feel of Miles Davis I suppose but the whole album is suffused with great swathes of samples and loops in the best 1999 style .By track 4 it all started to grate and irritate as far as I am concerned ( I appreciate that I am probably in a minority here but hey, its only my opinion) . Either way, not what I was expecting after "Ma Fleur" .. I've listened to Motion twice and sadly cant see what the fuss is all about and have no desire to listen to it again. To compare the album with Kind of Blue is just absurd. This one is on its way to the charity shop ....
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's just OK... 7 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Yes, lots of rave reviews for this one, but I'm with the other two 3 star reviewers on this one. The samples are good and carefully chosen (and the overall sound quality is excellent) but it's what you do with them that counts. There is just nothing new happening here. The tracks unfold slowly and set a are dark mood but then so do many 'real' jazz albums. If you want good jazz samples with far more urgency and imagination then check out Clifford Gilberto on Ninjatune, otherwise soundcheck the real thing; with Miles being a good place to start.
In the meantime a Luke Vibert remix would be good to hear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Agree 26 Nov 2008
By gsmcc
Format:Audio CD
I agree with most of the reviewers comments - dark, smokey, jass/fusion etc. etc. I would suggest that anyone who enjoys works from early Soft Machine (first to fifth), Ian Carr's Nucleus, Isotope to Angelo Badalamenti's Fire Walk With Me should give this album a listen.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Jazz Album 28 Nov 2005
By Mr. J. J. Niland VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In my own humble opinion, this is the greatest jazz album ever released. That's a pretty bold statement when there are albums like Miles Davis' 'Kind Of Blue' or John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme', but I stand by it. It isn't your usual jazz album where the whole group comes together and records a session. Instead, band 'leader' Joe Swinscoe sampled each of the other members and then arranged them all to produce 7 stunning tracks.
A dark mood pervades most of the pieces- 'Channel One Suite' and 'Night Of The Iguana' in particular. However, there are moments of a lighter nature, namely 'Ode To The Big Sea' and 'And Relax!'.
In conclusion: It's jazz, and it's very, very good jazz. You jazz can't listen to 'Channel One Suite' without thinking "WOw, this is amazing!". Get it, play it, and relax!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 1 Mar 2000
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? Incredible percussion, jazz arrangements, I'm not really a jazz fan but this is a great CD. Very chilled.
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