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10th Anniversary by Kyoto Jazz Massive

Japanese brothers Shuya and Yoshihiro Okino (Kyoto Jazz Massive) celebrate ten years on the Compost record label with this sharply packaged two-CD set. Featuring guest artists, the succession of events span remixes and reconstructions of previously recorded pieces. As the music comprises an articulated mishmash of contemporary jazz-fusion, acid jazz, electro-world music and house motifs. Moreover, the overall crystalline sound quality simply enhances the total listening experience.

Vocalist Vanessa Freeman adds a sultry, soul-stirring vibe to many of these largely upbeat works as the various contributors integrate jungle beats, retro-synths and programming maneuvers into the schema. In various spots, the duo opts for a simplistic approach, where catchy guitar-keys based melodies often pave the way for peppery Latin rhythms. Nonetheless, these discs intimate a vibrant musical vista that includes hum-along type melodies and jazzy soloing interludes.

The production translates into a thoroughly hip sequence of events, while they don’t over bake the electronic element here. With a judicious approach, the brothers unify various jazz-related genres into a wide-ranging scope. They obviously aim to please! To that end, they heartily spread the wealth. And in theory, the program should whet the musical appetites of astute electronica and contempo jazz fans alike.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kyoto Jazz Massive
  • CD Title: 10th Anniversary
  • Genre: Electronica
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Compost
  • Musicians: Shuya and Yoshihiro Okino (direction, programming, selected compositions)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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