Electronica is the future of jazz-fusion! Swedish jazzophiles Koop have created the perfect electronic tribute to jazz. Waltz for Koop is simply fantastic! They have utilized loops from a variety of styles mixing it with live instruments, solos and vocals to create a new fusion of gorgeous jazz-pop. Although the past decade had many DJ's trying their hand at jazz, but they sound nothing like this.
Musicians such as DJ Spooky would melt together hip-hop and various genres with jazz, but they sound more like an extension of hip-hop than anything else. The tracks on here actually sound like great jazz! Since the day Herbie Hancock started mixing and experimenting with electronics in jazz on the genre destroying Future Shock , music would never be the same. Taking the new genre of hip-hop and releasing "Rockit" defined a whole new look at jazz. Koop have taken this experiment full circle. Instead of sounding like something entirely different -like Hancock's work- it pays tribute to the old school players and sounds.
What is interesting is that Koop realizing how many jazz fans feel about any type of fusion, they consider this to be an electronica release, but it is much more, it's the next level of jazz-fusion.
Track Listing: 1. Waltz For Koop Feat.Cecilia Stalin
2. Tonight Feat. Mikael Sundin
3. Baby Feat. Cecilia Stalin
4. Summer Sun Feat. Yukimi Nagano
5. Soul For Sahib
6. Modal Mile Feat. Earl Zinger
7. In A Heartbeat Terry Callier
8. Relaxin' At Club F****n
9. Bright Nights Feat. Yukimi Nagano
1. Summer Sun (Video)
2. Glomd (Video)
3. Summer Sun (Markus Enochson Remix)
4. Relaxin' At Club F****n (Dorfmeister vs Madrid de los Austrias Version)
Personnel: Oscar Simonsson
Dan Berglund - Bass
Martin Hoper - Bass on Baby
Ola Bothzen - Bongos
Magnus Lindgren - Reeds and Flutes
Mattias Stahl - Vibes
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.