With five diversely themed full-length albums (all Grammy-nominated) under its collective belt, it was anyone's guess as to where Swedish jazz ensemble Oddjob would take its music next. Oddjob's last release Clint (ACT, 2010) saw the quartet rework, reimagine and 'jazzify' classic Western themes by Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, et al. JAZZOO (Headspin Recordings, 2013) also works on a fairly familiar theme--this time that of jazz for kids--but does it with such gusto and inventiveness that there's something for everyone, regardless of age. JAZZOO comes as a deluxe book and CD with music and illustrations designed ...read more
There's something a little otherworldly about Swedish jazz-rockers Oddjob. While there's an unmistakably retro feel to Sumo, its third release and first to receive widespread distribution, there's a strange, futuristic skew to its groove-happy roots in '60s and '70 soul jazz that keeps the music slightly off-kilter.
The members of Oddjob have clearly done their homework. Drummer Janne Robertson opens the album with a New Orleans Second Line-style solo, Kingston," before the group enters for the breezy, waltz time The Big Hit," Per Ruskträsk" Johansson's flute meshing with Goran Kajfeš' trumpet to recall late-'60s/early-'70s CTI albums ...read more
Swedish band Oddjob have been together since 2002, ploughing a melodic and groove-centric furrow built on the electric jazz-fusion of the 1970s, and staying the right side of ambient" thanks to the brio and creativity which they bring to the music. On Sumo--their fourth album and ACT debut--the band have widened their sights to include funk, rare groove, chill-out and late 1960s psychedelic rock. It's a sonorous and playful mixture which is practically guaranteed to raise the listener's spirits.
Unlike many other retro-fusion bands, Oddjob's explicit debt to trumpeter Miles Davis's electric innovations on Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969) ...read more
Koyo opens with a metronome groove, featuring speaker-shaking bass, wurlitzer splashes and unison trumpet/sax lines over a slapping, loose-jointed percussion, on Their Song"... very modern-sounding, reminscent of the Marcus Miller/Miles Davis collaborations Tutu and Amandla. Malmo-Lund" brings a more mainstream, up-tempo sound to the mix on an up-and-down-the-scale piano riff; and it's hard to take your ears off the drummer, Janne Robertson, with his propulsive shuffle that injects some organic juice into the band's otherwise tight sound. Machine Man" takes the music into the mechanical realm, with the droning bass thrum behind the horns—an aptly-titled piece: on a blind listen ...read more