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It’s traditional, when paying compliment to drummers, to draw comparisons with the octopus, implying agility beyond the means of a paltry pair of human hands. But when considering John Hollenbeck, the multi-limbed creature that seems most appropriate to invoke is the mythical hydra; for while Hollenbeck is certainly no stranger to rhythmic intricacy, it’s ideas that seem to spring ... Read more in Amazon's John Hollenbeck Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bee Jazz
  • ASIN: B003CN983W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dance and jazz don’t often shuffle into the same semantic space these days, so this is an intriguing proposition in more ways than one. Although the title is the name of one of the emblematic house labels of the 90s, it also implies that whosoever vacates their seats to shake a leg, should partake in that crucial activity so often forgotten by music lovers – listening.

One of France’s great national institutions, Orchestre National de Jazz has done sterling work since the mid-80s and this latest project, under the artistic direction of Daniel Yvinec, is progressive, bracing big band music for ears as well as feet. It is a worthy successor to 2009’s Around Robert Wyatt, an intelligent re-imagining of the Soft Machine man’s oeuvre. With the charts of John Hollenbeck, drummer and composer-in-chief of the much-feted Claudia Quintet, on their music stands, ONJ’s five winds and five-piece electric rhythm section again have rich source material at their disposal, not least because Hollenbeck has mused at length on the notion of groove, dance and movement.

This has yielded compositions that strike an artful balance between engaging rather than monotonous ostinato figures and astute changes in harmony, tempo or meter, which is, of course, something that has historical precedents from Ellington to Don Ellis. But, as is often the case in his Claudia work, Hollenbeck has a real knack for creating mobile thickets of counterpoint and interlocking gamelan-like motifs that give the work a kind of omni-directional quality: there is sideways as well as forward motion.

ONJ executes the material brilliantly with soloists such as saxophonist Matthieu Metzger and pianist Eve Risser lacing their statements with deftly handled electronics that enhance the general hypnosis of the scores. The last point to make is that Gilles Olivesi and Boris Darley’s superlative engineering gives the music a warmth and thickness that matches the best records in techno or hip hop, with the sub-bass tones in particular jumping out of the speakers. Proof that intricately constructed orchestral music need not be a sit down affair.

--Kevin Le Gendre

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr.D.Treharne VINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2011
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This is not a set that easily gives up its secrets.It's in parts percussive(hear especially "Boom") keyboard driven, and layered with brass and woodwind. There's no unifying theme to the music that is layed out on the 2CD's and it's certainly very difficult to dance to! That said, for those listeners prepared to be patient and listen to the whole album (since it's not one that you can easily dip in and out of) there's a satisfying amount of well constructed music.In fact it's difficult to talk about the individual tracks, since there are so many facets to each one, but in stumbling to describe it I'd approximate to a more elctronic version of what Mike Gibbs was attempting during the 60's and 70's. The tracks that are proving most satisfying at the time of writing this review are "Flying Dream" and "Shaking Peace" from CD1 and "Falling Men" and my especial favourite "Life Still" from CD2.John Hollenbeck attempts an explanation of what he's tried to create in the sleeve notes, and there's a great deal written about 'the inner groove' which makes it pretty difficult to write about because that's not what I'm hearing at all.I've come to like the album, but the inner groove' has yet to transmit itself to me in the way that he perhaps intends. I recommend it; it's a project that Hollenbeck obviously relished creating and that I'm gradually taking more and more from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Buckland on 15 Mar. 2011
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This was reviewed in the Guardian, where it was thought to show the influence of Frank Zappa. Being a Zappa fan, I decided to buy it. I am happy to say that it does, indeed have many of the characteristics of the less indulgent side of Zappa. The CD opens with a piece on the marimba, which is very reminiscent of Zappa. There are the usual slow passages interspersed with short, sharp phrases from the horns. Plus the signature staccato phrases on percussion which are then joined by the keyboards. But it would be a mistake to see this as merely a clone of Zappa, as it has sustained excellence, which cannot be said of many Zappa pieces.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. East on 15 Feb. 2011
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If you want some jazz you can dance to then buy something else. This is seriously good, but sit down and listen to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Incredible orchestra! 20 Mar. 2012
By Speedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Don't let this one slip by. Wao! let me say that again...WAO! This is the BEST i've heard from Hollenbeck. The arrangements, instrumentation picked and precision of the players(who play with lot's of feeling) on these Hollenbeck compositions are simply breathtaking. The music is mainly made of prog , fusion and jazz elements with a heavy emphasis on tricky time signatures and use of MANY layers but it all sounds very listenable and not too dense. Always on the optimistic side of things but NEVER easy music. HIGHLY Recommended!
2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Track Listing 4 July 2011
By Benny Sahuaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
CD1:

Up
Melissa Dance
Flying Dream
Shaking Peace
Racing Heart
Heart Racing
Boom (intro)
Bob Walk (Tribute to Bob Brookmeyer)

CD2:

Tongs of Joy
Praya Dance
Falling Mean
Life Still
The Power of Water.
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