J IS FOR JAZZANOVA

Some smooth jazz-influenced downtempo for you.

 

Jazzanova are Alexander Barck, Claas Brieler, Jürgen Von Knoblauch, Roskow Kretschmann, Stefan Leisering and Axel Reinemer. They are Germany’s most famous DJ and producer collective. Started as a DJ team in 1995 and moved on to production in 1996. In 1998, they founded a collective (a formless group of musicians, producers and DJ’s) as well as running and operating a label, both under the name Sonar Kollektiv.

 

From their own bio: When it comes to Jazzanova, there is always a lot to account for. “All the time, we have to explain to people what the sense in all of this is”, says Alexander Barck, one of the DJs of Jazzanova, with an ironic grin on his face. “Sometimes it’s funny to us, because we never think of it that way. We love music, we listen to a lot of music – old, new – and we like to make music. And that’s just it: A playful interaction with it.”

 

 
Their mentor Gilles Peterson, the British Top A&R, radio personality and founder of the label Talkin Loud, immediately recognized their talent and, shortly after their first release, contacted the guys about doing a remix for the Japanese ‘United Future Organization’. Soon after, Jazzanova were booked solid for years to come and conquered the dancefloors of the world and their listener’s hearts with their own productions and remixes.

 

 
The ability to bring together different styles and their enormous effort and input into research and the ability to put to work all possibilities, is not only widely respected throughout the international music community, but also constantly drives themselves to be a step ahead. At the same time, their music is truly authentic and works just as well “at the Montreux Jazz festival as in the illegal basement club of your girlfriend’s cousin”, as Cornelius Tittel, arts & culture editor of the German newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” writes. Whereas other producers have eight different pseudonyms, all working on one and the same stylistic groove, the six Berliners are always “Jazzanova” – coming up with an honorable, otherworldly, unpredictable mix of styles at all times.

 

Jazzanova – Fedime’s Flight (Kyoto Jazz Massive Rework)

 

Jazzanova – Bohemian Sunset

 

Jazzanova – Introspection (Calm’s Outerspect Mix)

 

 

 

~ by acidted on August 27, 2009.

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