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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.82 | 11 ratings

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4 stars Don't be fulled by the genre tag - one can hardly find jazz fusion of any form on this album. Russian Yojo would be another post-rock band (quite elegant though) with minimal difference from myriad others, fortunately they improved their sound with five-piece reeds section.

From very first album's minutes there is no need to search in liner notes if four sax players and a trumpeter are all band's regular members: they obviously sound as internal part of the music. Surprisingly enough it doesn't make songs sounding raw or eclectic. Post rock is quite specific sub-genre which has strong feel of "liquidity" and "sameness" in its genes (legacy from one of its parent - ambient music). Adding (even time to time) quite free woodwind session's passages works as adrenaline injection and successfully makes all music sounding more alive.

"Tourist" is beautiful post-rock tango with jazzy feel with straight saxophone line and doesn't differ much from music of some fashionable nu jazz bands (similarly as "Swell"). Still after few more "jazzy" pieces bands returns back to post- rock aesthetics domination. Main band's and woodwinds section's parts were recorded separately in different places and time and were mixed together only in studio. Such technology would kill almost any better jazz recording, but here it works without serious problems - "Abduction" is still rock music first of all.

Some years ago I was really intrigued with early post-rock recordings,but very soon genre's limited potential for development and numerous clones distributing post-rock "sameness" around almost killed my interest to it. I may be wrong than, but it looks Yojo original formula gives post-rock another chance.

snobb | 4/5 |


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