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Jaga Jazzist

Jaga Jazzist has become something of a musical phenomenon in Norway since they started 15 years ago. Not only is this 9 piece instrumental band regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative in Norway, the members are all involved in other musical projects and have in one way or another contributed to almost every significant recording to come out of that part of the world in the last few years. It has been this strong involvement with different projects, and different musical styles and sounds which is the key to the unique sound of Jaga Jazzist. With no boundaries and an arsenal that includes trumpet, trombone, electric guitars, bass, tuba, bass clarinet, saxophones, keyboards, vibraphone and a rack of electronics, Jaga Jazzist create timeless music. Melodic, hypnotizing, delicate and subtle.

Jaga Jazzist started out in Tonsberg (a small town outside Oslo) in 1994 at which time Lars Horntveth (the main songwriter in Jaga) was only 14 years old! In 2001 they released their debut album, A Livingroom Hush on Warner in Scandinavia to massive critical acclaim and great sales (the album sold over 15000 copies in Norway alone..). The band then signed a deal for the rest of the world through Oslo`s Smalltown Supersound. Throughout 2002 the band shocked fans and critics alike with their blistering live shows and the buzz resulted in sold out dates all over Europe and the band soon came to the attention of Ninja Tune who did a license/collaboration deal with Smalltown Supersound

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”Ground floor for musical innovation, lunacy and special-offer ideas...” New Musical Express

”Like Charles Mingus with the Aphex Twin up his arse. Delectable.” Sleazenation

”… a feast of infectious beats and exciting arrangements delicately resolved with nuance to produce a variety of atmospheric pleasures” The Wire

”Performing much of One-Armed Bandit at Molde, Jaga Jazzist's mélange of rock energy, jazz vernacular, minimalistic tendencies, episodic composition, expansive instrumentation and electronic manipulation has never sounded better

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Starfire

Harmonia Mundi
2015

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Live With Britten...

WEA International Inc.
2013

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Live With Britten...

WEA International Inc.
2013

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One-Armed Bandit

Ninja Tune
2010

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One-Armed Bandit...

WEA International Inc.
2010

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