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IGZIT-NINE was formed by Noboru INOUE and Emi HATSUSAKA after their old band BRAIN SALAD. Their album released in 2003 is reminiscent of other greats of the Japanese fusion scene like KENSO or the more recent SIDE STEPS.


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Igzit-Nine Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars One shot wonder from Japan, Igzit-Nine offering only one album selftitled in 2003, issued at Musea records in collaboration with japanese label Poseidon.

Well, this is fairly solid progressive jazz fusion with a touch of jazz rock here and there. The compositions are well played, all album is instrumental, nice duels between musicians, specially the keyboards and guitars are in places impressive. What is to mention is that the arrangements are concentrated on melodic side rather then on technical virtuasity, that doesn't mean the album is easy listning, quite contrary, lots of tempo changes, solos and breaks, anf the musicians really know to handle the instruments. In places they remind me of another bands from Japan like Kehell, Ain Sops or Kenso.

A nice, all round instrumental prog jazz fusion release that will pleases both camps, prog and jazz fusion. 3.5 stars for sure.

 Igzit-Nine by IGZIT-NINE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.49 | 5 ratings

Igzit-Nine Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars This is the debut album by Igzit-Nine and again shows that there are plenty of strong jazz- fusion bands in Japan. Since the recording of the album the rhythm section has been replaced by the guys from Sixnorth ? I don't know the reason why as the ones on the album seem to be doing a strong job to me. This album has much more of a progressive feel about it than others, definitely much more in the fusion vein than just avant garde jazz (I use the word 'just' very loosely of course).

With each song about five minutes long, it allows the band to stretch out while not getting to far away from the theme. This is music that is structured and complex, with many layers so that the listener needs to pay attention to get the most out of it. It is music that both jazz fans and progheads will enjoy while those into fusion will have a blast. Not too far out of the norm, its very listenable nature makes this an album to savour.

Originally appeared in Feedback #78, April 2004

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