||M'njun||Thelonius||3:54||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Stakes Is High>T.R.O.Y.||Thelonius||3:33||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Spanish Joint||Thelonius||3:54||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||The Lizard||Thelonius||3:57||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Voodoo Monkey||Thelonius||3:17||£0.79||View in iTunes|
It is great
This is very good electric jazz with a bit of hip-hop influence thrown in for good measure. If you like The Duke by Joe Jackson, you will like this. Also reminiscent (geddit?) of EST and Earthworks.
Reminisce E.P. by Thelonius
This is a first outing by the Bristol based band and as such is a real good indicator of just what can be done by a bunch of like minded and talented individuals.
5 tracks which encompass a whole range of styles and genre which is a tough enough challenge. The trick here with Thelonius though is that this tight little unit manage to meld all the various influences together seamlessly with style and a wicked set of beats to keep the ears, head and feet interested and still make valid musical contributions.
M'njun kicks off the E.P. and grooves along with some very cool and inspired piano which continues through to the end of the track. Cool AND funky.
Next up is Stakes Is High >T.R.O.Y. which has already recieved airplay on Giles Peterson's radio show.
This is followed by Spanish Joint. Some moody piano and a sublime clarinet solo may not be what you'd expect. but just when you think you have an idea where the tune is headed a funky N'Orleans drum beat kicks in, and then the whole tunes just takes off from there with influences of the Middle East, Louisiana and some great guitar and piano work coming together to make a fascinating track which just gets better and better each time you listen to it.
The Lizard follows next with a lovely piano and drum intro that is soon joined by sax and guitar and is a cross between mellow and bittersweet but just a beautiful tune played very well. Probably my personal favourite.
Voodoo Monkey is a track that has some really nifty individual work from the drummer and bass player locking together while the guitarist is floating high above the rest of the track while he breaks out a very tasty solo. Although not a straightforward dance tune in my opinion I can still picture people really getting off on it in a live situation.
Overall, a superb first effort which has managed to successfully hitch various genre, such as huip hop and jazz, together to create a new fresh sound that really has an exciting future. Wow.
An interesting blend of jazz and hip-hop with touches of classical and world
Any fans of A Tribe Called Quest, Dilla, Thelonious Monk, EST, D'Angelo, Robert Glasper and Jill Scott should seriously consider giving this a try.
Its sort of genre defying but you can hear a wide range of influences. The piano and guitar playing ranges from the sublime in the jazzier passages to slightly shock and awe in the louder sections. The Lizard contains the best sax solo I've heard in a long time
And best of all you can dance to all this stuff