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4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Reminder, 5 Jun 2012
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The Berlin based collective 'Jazzanova' is, as their website proudly proclaims, '...many things to many people', a collective that produces, remixes, DJs, presents a radio show and releases material via the Sonar Kollektiv record label. For the last three years the group has been touring extensively with a nine-piece band, developing and transforming their earlier work, and now releases the result of this activity, the 'Funkhaus Studio Sessions', capturing and presenting anew the essence of their live work, joined by vocalist, bass player (and on 'I Human' co-writer) Paul Randolph. This is the first 'proper' release of their own material since 'Of All Things' (2008). The question is, has the wait been worthwhile?

The disc opens with 'Let Me Show Ya', a wonderfully warm and gently building song, here allowing Randolph's voice to dip and soar over the gorgeous key changes, as he continues to seek 'that sound'. 'Theme From Belle Et Fou' is an instrumental rework of a track taken from the 2006 'soundtrack' of music designed to complement the Berlin based revue, whilst 'I Human' is the first all new Jazzanova song, already available as a download (with accompanying promotional video). This perfectly encapsulates the multi-dimensional aspect of the collective's musical character, whilst retaining that individual edge (driven through percussive edges and key changes). It certainly isn't soul music by numbers, but it has soul (nicely counterpointing the song's lyric). 'Look What You're Doing To Me' is faithful to the version on 'Of All Things' (sung by Phonte), as is the take of 'Lucky Girl'. 'No Use' is a cover of a track taken from their album 'In Between' (featuring Clara Hill), whilst 'Flashback' takes a Fat Freddy's Drop song (which the group had previously remixed) and presents it here as a solid chugging groove with Jazz stylings. 'Believer' re-works a 2007 release which also featured Randolph, but perhaps the most interesting song here is the cover of 'Little Bird'. The original version (on 'Of All Things') featured the magnificent voice of Jose James and was (for this listener) one of the standout moments, conveying a pain soaked vocal. Randolph's opening retains the plaintive quality, especially against the subtle piano edging, but it is a perfornance driven with a far more self-consciously dramatic vocal that almost collapses at the 4.13 mark.

Of the other songs featured 'I Can See' (originally featuring Ben Westbeech in 2008) has an unashamedly bouncy 'sing a long' quality whilst 'Boom Clicky Boom Clack' tries to take a song best heard in the Mr Scruff vocal mix - most recently issued on Jazzanova's 'Upside Down' (2012) - and rework it as an organic stripped back Jazz dancer. This is probably best heard at the conclusion of a night out.

So. Do you buy?

Sonically this album bears the familiar Jazzanova musical imprint, captured, recorded and delivered in great sound. If you wished to introduce someone to their work this would be a nice concentrated starting point, avoiding the confusion of the numerous remixes that are available to explore. Fans familiar with their work may find the project interesting, offering a sonic picture of the collective that they might have missed live, but there is a nagging suspicion that as a standalone project this might have been better accompanying further new material, especially as 'I Human' is intriguingly good. Perhaps this is an indication that of the collective's choosing to work as 'a band' with Paul Randolph alone? Whilst his versatility is unquestionable (he confidently tackles material familiar through other artists) not all of the songs work equally well, and one of the key attractions and strengths of the collective has been their willingness to work across a range of vocal deliveries.

For fans and completists this will be a 'must buy', for new listeners it represents a good musical starting point, but one hopes that new material will be along very soon.

8/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album by the boys at jazzanova, 2 Jan 2014
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Out of all their albums I have purchased, I think this is one of their best albums so far.
Jazz fusion at its best
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