Posts tagged ‘jazz’

January 5, 2012

Danger Mouse (feat. Norah Jones & Julian Casablancas)

Introducing another highly creative, innovative and versatile artist and producer: Brian Joseph Burton, aka Danger Mouse from New York. Having produced albums by Jay-Z, Gorillaz or The Black Keys, Burton has gained pace in music business.

One of the best albums of last year is the collaboration between Danger Mouse and Italian Hollywood-composer Danielle Luppi: A ‘soundtrack without a movie’ called Rome. Getting the voices of Norah Jones and Jack White (formerly performing with his sister as The White Stripes) onboard during a five-year period of production let this album rise into high quality.

Largely reminiscent of classic Italo-Western movies, it’s been produced with the help of many musicians originally playing on the scores for composer Ennio Morricone.

Listen to Season’s Trees, featuring Norah Jones.

Another recommendation is the incredible Two Against One with Jack White.

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Quite different from the collaboration on Rome, another track definitely worth listening to is Little Girl, involving a strong guitar solo and much more energy. Taking the well-known voice of the The StrokesJulian Casablancas and the instrumental expertise of the US-band Sparklehorse (who broke up in 2010…), this song lets listeners wait for more from the same menu.

“You tortured little girl, showing them what love is all about.
Where did all the time go? Everywhere it’s gone, gone, gone.”

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The third piece is the collaborative project Broken Bells, involving Danger Mouse and The Shin‘s singer James Mercer. Their self-titled LP was one of the best indie releases in 2010. Watch the sci-fi video for their song The Ghost Inside, starring Christina Hendricks, best known for her main role as a secretary in AMC‘s 50’s show Mad Men (By the way, this is a strong recommendation, too!).

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October 23, 2011

The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble

The feeling of an acoustic orchestra hall – blended with jazzy tunes and the mechanics and sound of electronic music? Yes, and all combined with a stunningly captivating emergence of rhythm and density.

The three Berlin-based guys from Brandt Brauer Frick have enjoyed growing enthusiuasm around their unique sound which originates in classical and jazz music. It evolved much further though, avoiding instruments like saxophones or contrabass that are usually connotated with jazz. As 31-year-old Paul Frick stated in an interview (in German) “I had to study Composition for eight years first before getting into Techno.” In live shows the ensemble often consists of ten musicians, playing their entire dimension of instrumentation.

Audiovisuals

Watch the ensemble’s latest and quite entertaining video for the minimalistic yet dramaticly dark piece Pretend, featuring Emika:

Another highly enjoyable video certainly is this medley of their Album You Make Me Real with the band in action, thus presenting its true originality:

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