ZOO (always upper case) have been getting some big props for their blend of jazz fusion, although the bandied about description of 'Everythign But The Girl meets Suzanne Vega' was nearly enough to have me run off screaming into the night. Although, to be fair, musch like the lass out of EBTG, the lass out of ZOO canny sing either.
Musically, however, things are much better, although there are probably a few too many nods to Shakatak for me. But when they get a bit more advernturous and head off into a world populated by the likes of Al De Meola, then I'm much, much happier.
Strangely, or maybe not so strangely, the best tracks always seem to be when there is some guesting brass along for the ride. In particular, there is some fantastic work from John Sanderson on 'Button By Button' and 'Like A Knife'. the future of jazz? No, but there are some great players lurking in these grooves.