Friday, December 21, 2007

Quasimode - The Land of Freedom (2007)

An amazing second full length set from Quasimode — easily one of the most soulful combos working in the current club jazz underground! Quasimode cover some of the same territory as their Japanese contemporaries Sleepwalker — an older style of soul jazz — played live, mostly with acoustic instrumentation — in ways the hearken back to the best older work on labels like Impulse, Strata East, and Black Jazz. They’ve got a great sense of focus and drive — really pushing their tunes with a sense of energy that most regular jazzmen these days can hardly touch — yet also doing so in a way that always swings strongly, with the kind of jazz dance rhythms that first sent international collectors digging for soul jazz sides a few decades back! This time around, they’ve got some wonderful help from Carmen Lundy on two tracks — bringing in vocals that recall the best work on her own albums from a decade or two ago — and other guests on the album include Mika Arisaka on vocals and Masato Nakamura from Sleepwalker on tenor sax.

[B]Artist: Quasimode
Title Of Album: The Land of Freedom
Year Of Release: 2007/9/5
Label: Geneon
Genre: Jazz
Quality: MP3 / Joint Stereo
Bitrate: VBR kbit/s / 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 56:31 min
Total Size: 76,3 Mb

01. Over the Horizon 01:48
02. The Man Form Nagpur 06:10
03. Object in the Mirror 05:28
04. Last Nine Days 06:48
05. Time is Love 04:24
06. For Self Defense 05:28
07. Percussion Revolver 07:03
08. Raw Cotton Field 05:52
09. The Land of Freedom 06:10
10. Dark Beauty 05:03
11. Over the Horison (Reprise) 02:17

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