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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 themethis time that of jazz for kidsbut 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 to inspire children aged 2-6 years. The set contains thirteen musical stories based on a motley crew of animals illustrated by British artist Ben Javens.
Opening song "The Kangaroo" isas you may expect from the titlea bouncy, fun and fast- paced number. Versatile multi-saxophonist Per "Ruskträsk" Johansson brings the Antipodean mammal's springy movements to life on a Jew's harp before trumpeter Goran Kajfes spits out a melody so catchy that it'll stick in your head for hours. And you won't mind.
"The Elephant" is a wild ride through the cartoon jungle led by guest-organist Daniel Karlsson's rhythmic keyboard playing, Johansson's funky brass, and deft breaks from drummer Janne Robertson. Fluted music for children of yesteryearsuch as that of Henry Mancini or Swedish favourites George Ridel and Jan Johanssonis evoked on "The Squirrel" before another organ-fuelled trip comes along on "The Hippo," where bassist Peter Forss drives a breathy, funky jam.
There are many memorable moments to be cherished on JAZZOO. Not only are there all the increasingly creative ways to recreate the sounds and movements of the different protagonists but there is also a range of complex musical textures and fine musicianship, which will no doubt be appreciated by even the most seasoned jazz listener.
Track Listing: The Kangaroo; The Hedgehog; The Elephant; The Whale; The Squirrel; The Hippo; The
Cockroach; The Shark and The Stickleback; The Woodpecker and The Nightingale; The Duck;
The Horse and The Wasp; The Camel and The Snake; The Fly.
Personnel: Goran Kajfeš: trumpet, trombone; Per "Ruskträsk" Johansson: saxophones, flutes, clarinet,
Jew's harp; Daniel Karlsson: piano, organ, vibraphone; Peter Forss: bass; Janne Robertson:
I love Jazz because of its freedom.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teenager years.
I have met Art Blakey in Juan-les-Pins, my drum teacher Orphelia took us to his concert, it was magical!
The best Jazz shows I ever attended were Art Blakey, Michel Petrucciani, Miton Nascimento, Naná Vasconcelos.
The first jazz record I bought was Jazz from Hell by Frank Zappa.