Saturday, February 6, 2016

023 - The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble are an interesting proposition: expressive instrumental music with a strong jazzy vibe that has far more in common with downtempo electronica that it does with more contemporary jazz.

I found this album by accident. I came upon it whilst scrolling through the vast selection in Amazon's Prime Music Service ... the name caught my attention and I gave it a listen. I was so impressed with what I heard that I went and bought it on iTunes. Unfortunately the CD is out of print and was going for an extortionate amount on Amazon when I last checked.

TKDE create wonderfully deep and engaging soundscapes that place considerable emphasis on feel and atmosphere. These soundscapes have a decidedly percussive slant to them (hence my reference to current downtempo electronica) with layers of percussion and capricious polyrhythms presented for the listener to consume.

Traditional jazz instrumentation - trumpet, saxophone, stand-up bass - works with electronic manipulation to create their expressive soundscapes, soundscapes I would highly recommend.


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