The jazz future is called Portico Quartet,
This review is from: Isla (Audio CD)
I've heard it said.
I'm convinced. Isla is magical, it percolates through your brain and pushes all the happiness buttons. This strange instrument, the hang, they play has a wonderful effect on their pieces, sharpening the arrangement and notes like a wedge of lemon in your gin and tonic. Accompanied by drums, piano, sax, and no doubt more to my amateur ears, they fit each other like a jigsaw.
Dinner jazz? Not unless you're sacrilegious. This is purely for private take-a-break- moments, headphones listening - and seeing them play live naturally. Yank up the volume and feel the harmonious notes shoot into your brain and recalibrate your biorhythms. Side-effects? Luckily, a remedy for all known types of jazz-inertia.
If you suffer jazz-apathy, give Portico Quartet an ear. They'll redefine what jazz can be, and is heading.
I've played this album far too many times, saving it up like some secret treasure lest it loses some of its novelty. It's like no other music will suffice for me right now. I just need my dose of Isla. It sill doesn't fail to excite me. It make me, nearly, want to go out there and learn an instrument. One day, perhaps.