Jazzanova are, undoubtedly, one of the most important dance/electronic projects of the last ten years, tagging, like no others before, the so-much dreaded "nu-jazz" tag. They, along with record label Compost (for which they record and own their own sub-imprint, Jazzanova Compost Records, or JCR), set the template for most of the black music rooted dance/electronica that has been being made in the past couple of years. They were also one of the first ptojects to bring some world music awareness to dance music, bringing in elements of Latin and African music and, in the process, showing that dance music itself is something that almost exists since the dawn of times. But, in truth, Jazzanova are a very eclectic bunch, and they are as capable of making Latin-influenced jams, as well as very electronic-sounding 4/4 house joints. All in all, Jazzanova prove that knowing your music (and especially, knowing it in very different styles) can be important by the time you create your own thing.
And, of course, let's not forget that Jazzanova, along with Kruder & Dorfmeister, also brought the art of remixing to a new and refreshing stage. In many cases, their remixes are so much that as almost new creations in themselves, sometimes completely turning the original tunes upside down. In some cases, that approach can even turn what was originally dull and turn it into a dancefloor stomper or a great chill-out vibe.
In short: Jazzanova is an essential name for anyone who likes music. Any kind of music, really.
1LUV (Columbia / Especial / SK) live 8 piece soulstra
DJ ROB RIZK
Saturday November 11, 2006
@ Open Studio
#200 - 252 East 1st Avenue (1 blk east of Main St.)
Tickets $25 available online @ www.clubZone.com