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"One of the most innovative and brilliant albums the label has put out".
There's an old music press adage that second albums are notoriously "difficult". If this were true, then by rights Everyday should be one big disappointment. That fact that it's arguably one of 2002's finest jazz albums (yes, jazz--as in real, old fashioned, clarinets and trumpets type jazz) just goes to prove how talented Jason Swinscoe's Cinematic Orchestra are.
Following up their impeccable debut, Motion, was always going to be tough, but here they've surpassed themselves. While the former was a fusion of sample-culture smoky, backroom jazz, Everyday is jazz pure and simple--old jazz for the nu-jazz generation. "Man With the Movie Camera", "Burnout" and "Flite" are near-perfect soundtrack jazz pieces--epic, shuffling, ever shifting--while "All That You Give" and "Evolution" feature the enchanting vocals of legendary soul singer Fontella Bass. Best of all, though, is the Roots Manuva collaboration "All Things to All Men"--proof that jazz and rap aren't as strange bedfellows as some may think. It's spellbinding stuff, and sure to be one of 2002's finer albums. --Matt AnnissSee all Product description
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It's suprising to see that Britain and Europe can produce some of the best jazz these days, The best is without a doubt how I will describe The Cinematic Orchestra's Everyday. You'd be a fool to let a day go by and pass this one by.
The Cinematic Orchestra share a common laid-back, jazzy, left field approach to music with Zero 7, but it is there that the similarity ends. The Cinematic's are clearly more influenced by Hip-Hop, with heavy, plodding beats and scratching running alongside clarinets, organs and harps. They even get the UK Hip-Hop legend Roots Manuva to provide vocals on 'All Things to All Men'.
There is a warmth and roundness to the sound of this album that makes you feel like you are wrapped up in a blanket on a winter day. The tracks are what I would describe as epic. This isn't because they're long (though the longest track stands at over 11 minutes); it means that they are big on sound, like Zero 7's 'End Theme'. Each track builds through a complex layering of instruments that mean you are still discovering new things on the 100th listen.
This sound is very well summed up by the name of the band as is sounds very cinematic. This doesn't mean that it sounds like the soundtrack to a film, but rather that it is to mainstream music what well made cinema is to television.
As the Orchestra part of their name suggests, the sound is made up, quite heavily, from traditional instruments ranging from the double bass and harp to the clarinet and saxophone. However, alongside this are cleverly manipulated injections of electronic sound that help to fill out the sound and separate it from traditional jazz, but without feeling obtrusive.
In short, this is an album of true music that is both aurally and emotionally moving. Whether you want some relaxing background music, or the musical equivalent of a good book that you can really get into and think about every word, this is the album for you. One of my all-time favourites.
Despite getting annoyed with the BBC for being less than imaginative, this recording is brilliant. It is never far from my car and chills me well on the way to work. It is always a pleasure to listen to. I am waiting patiently for the next masterclass in supreme chill.
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