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Dodovoodoo

26 May 2008 | Format: MP3

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The early Seventies was one of the most exciting times for music. Building on the psychedelic foundations of the late Sixties and the ever exciting Jazz sound, a new breed of bands came about which held the values of instrumental ability above image. Fusing the grooving, head-nodding world of rock with the complex and turbulent world of jazz led to some of the most inspired and thought-provoking music of the last century yet here we are in 2008 with a release that harks back to the early Seventies heyday. Already a firm favourite on the Norwegian scene, the trio of Ståle Storløkken (Supersilent, Humcrush), Nikolai Eilertsen (The National Bank) and Torstein Lofthus (Shining), finally deliver their long-awaited debut album, `Dodovoodoo'.

Riding upon a heady wave of `best-of-breed' Seventies jazz-rock fusion, elephant9 inject a buoyant energy into a complex and technically proficient sound that is laced with delicious melodics. The title track Dodovoodoo totally captures the style and sound of this album. Launching straight into a heady brew of jarring Rhodes melodies and stormy drums, elephant9 rocket straight off into a Seventies cosmic-dream, but one that is riddled with turbulence. The swirling-psyche sound of Seventies luminaries and space-jazz explorers such as Herbie Hancock, Sun-Ra, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Billy Cobham are fully embraced. In fact, a listen to this recording without any artist information will more than likely have your mind scouring through a library of early Seventies artists rather than 2008 Norway! `I Cover the Mountain Top' demonstrates the three-piece's ability to counter subtle atmospherics with rocking psyche.
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Dodovoodoo is one of the best bit of jazz rock I've heard this year - and it hasn't been a bad year so far for jazz fusion releases. Having taken the bait of a couple of reviews drawing parallels with Soft Machine, I found myself purchasing the album after hearing something different in the samples available.

So over the last 20 days I have played this album hard, and have been strongly reminded why I got hooked by jazz rock in the late 60's, and then stayed a firm fan with its development through the first half of the 70's and to this day. Each track is different from the next, and the variation of styles and then the relative complexity within most tracks will have some folks going back to relisten and hear some different on each play. Certainly there are echoes coming from several references taken from the classic period of jazz rock, 1968 to 1975. But don't expect wholesale pillaging, rather a multiplicity of short samples (for want of a better term) which continually tweak the memory, inserted expertly into heavy, modern jazz fusion. Whilst I would happily mark the first review here 5 star, and indeed agree with much of the general analysis of Elephant9's musical references, when it comes to the specific naming of jazz fusion bands as reference points, I find myself largely at variance. So let's point out what I hear and what I don't.

The opening track spits Tony Williams Lifetime (`Turn It Over' period), minus John McLaughlin: in particular, the Hammond and the dirty bass, echo Larry Young and Jack Bruce. However, elsewhere the Hammond smacks of other players, e.g. Greg Rolie in Santana's high period of jazz fusion (e.g. `Caravanserai', or `Welcome').
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The debut album from this Norwegian fusion combo. A new name to me, but formed by veterans from the scene. Veterans like Ståle Storløkken and Torstein Lofthus.

The music they have gone for is lush, funky fusion. That means a rampant Fender Rhodes and Hammond organ on the top of some bass and drums. Electric guitars are also very much present here. The result is some very catchy fusion in the Soft Machine and RTF mould. There are even some ELP like symph prog here. But most of it is fusion. Unfortunate, not of the most intense sort as on their new album (which made me purchase this album too). But the music is interesting enough.

My main gripes is the lack of any great tracks here. This is a debut album and a very good one. The band is still trying to find their way here and that shows. It is still an album well worth purchasing though for anyone into fusion.

Elephant9 is the new wine.
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HASH(0x9cb91ca8) out of 5 stars Voodoo Magic 3 July 2008
By Scott Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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Overview:
Dodovoodoo is a cross between 70's style jazz rock/fusion (a la Miles Davis) and modern Scandinavian electronica/nu jazz. Elephant9 consists of Rune Grammofon star keyboardist Stale Storlokken, bassist Nikolai Haengsle and drummer Tortstein Lofthus. If you have been following the recent releases on the Rune Grammofon label you will most certainly be familiar Storlokken who is a member of Supersilent, and appears on many other releases such as Arve Henriksen's Strjon and Box's Studio 1. Five of the songs on this release are originals and legendry keyboardist Joe Zawinul wrote the other 2 songs. The group really does a nice take on the jazz fusion. They have all the raw energy that was prevalent in the recordings of this genre in the 70's and they combine it with modern electronica technology. The end result is a fresh, new and clean sound. One of the drawbacks of the 70's style fusion is that the synthesizer technology was still relatively new at that point and some of the sounds could come off as sounding cheesy.
As the years past it lead to a very dated sound. Here everything sounds fresh and novel. Throughout the recording all three musicians really rock out and exciting solos and interactions abound.

Song Highlights:
Doctor Honoris Causa: This Zawinul cover starts of real soulful and slow. Haunting effects are added to storlokken's thoughtful keyboard intro. About 1/2 way through the song the pace picks up and there is a stellar jam session. The song ends as it begins with moody electronica.

I Cover the Mountain Top: The mood of this song is very majestic and reminds one of the work Storlokken did on Arve Henriksen's Strjon (which was inspired by the dramatic scenery of the coast of Norway). It is a medium paced piece.

Doodoovoodo: The title track is a fast paced burner with frenetic percussion, ridiculous bass lines, and fiery keyboard solos. This trio is super tight and can really shred and this track proves it.

Highly recommended, and essential for Rune Grammofon fans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccd5294) out of 5 stars in a LOUD way 14 May 2010
By vivek savant - Published on Amazon.com
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How can one ever go wrong with the creative Norwegians? Once again the output of Rune Gramophone, Norway's premier experimental music label delivers a gem. This is an out and out rock trio that strictly plays instrumental music. In fact Storlokken, the pianist from Humcrush and Super Silent (a sextet much more accessible than Humcrush,IMO) leads this one. Withing seconds of the opening riffs one seriosuly wonders if this is some lost outtake of a hard rockin' Purple track, with Jon Lordish organ sweeps that are rooted in classical but fire like a melodic cannon. Not willing to compromise (read turn down the amplification), they even up the ante by reworking Zawinul (hmmm In a Silent Way?) into an frenetic interplay. Thank you Norway, Thank You!!!
HASH(0x9c942f60) out of 5 stars Excellent organ/keyboard trio 29 Oct. 2012
By captainamerica - Published on Amazon.com
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This band is quickly becoming one of my favorite current bands on the music scene today. Love the rock/jazz feel they achieve and their various influences (zawinul and elp). A great mixture of ELP meets Weather Report. Highly recommended.
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