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Jet Set Jazz by Wigald Boning

Germany reared Wigald Boning is a comedic actor and musician. Here, the artist constructs these rather amicable pieces upon a retro slant that skirt the fringes of lounge music, easy listening jazz, and house beats. With EFX treatments and cool grooves, these tracks are cheery, melodic and tongue-in-cheek.

He rings up remembrances of ‘70s contemporary jazz on "Ballade Pour Alexa," which surfaces as a classic ballad, comprised of Gato Barbieri style sax lines and dark flutes amid wordless vocals and analog synth lines. Boning also sparks notions of Brazil during the perky piece titled "Modern Talking," where he fuses horns and strings atop airy wordless vocals.

Boning seems to have an affinity for composing his works with a film scorer’s state of mind. He fuses attractive hooks into lush strings choruses and supple flutes to complement movements that are devised with snappy beats. Consequently, he tosses in a few quirky curve balls on occasion and doesn’t entirely dwell upon the past.

On "Good Morning," Boning renders a Burt Bachrach knock-off via an air of informality, abetted by a laidback whistling motif over the top. And in other regions of sound and scope he injects sleek, and sexy horns parts into various passages.

Overall, the artist aims to please the mind and soul throughout. It’s not by any means essential listening and he doesn’t break any new ground, but conjures up a rather blithe program that is topped off with interesting accents and diversions.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Wigald Boning
  • CD Title: Jet Set Jazz
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: Compost
  • Rating: Three Stars
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