The second full-length by Norwegian jazz enfant terribles Jaga Jazzist proves to even the most ardently pigheaded that their debut, A Livingroom Hush, was no fluke. Jazz "purists" - as if jazz were a "pure" music - will even have to take note on compositional, swing, and improvisational levels but will no doubt, like any music fascist, dismiss this as somehow inauthentic because of the presence of electronics
The Stix is the third studio album by the Norwegian band Jaga Jazzist. All songs produced by Jørgen Træen. Recorded by Jørgen Træen in Duper, summer 2001 and in Waterfall Studio, spring 2002. Mixed by Jørgen Træen with Lars Hornveth, Martin Horntveth and Andreas Mjøs in Duper, summer 2002. Mastered by Ingar Hunskaar at Strype Audio. Graphic design by Kim Hiorthøy.
Illustration – christianeroom. Mastered By – Ingar Hunskaar. Mixed By – Jørgen Træen. Mixed By – Andreas Mjøs, Lars Horntveth, Martin Horntveth. Performer, Arranged By – Jaga Jazzist. Performer, Arranged By – Jørgen Træen. Producer – Jørgen Træen. Recorded By – Jørgen Træen. Mixed in Duper, Summer 2002. This record is supported by Fond For Lyd og Bilde and Fond For Utøvende Kunstnere. Label Code: LC 04281. Matrix, Runout (Variant 1 & 2): 5050466043023. Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI L012. Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0540.
Only for completionists (3%). The Stix had the unfortunate fate to follow up the band's ingenious breakthrough release A Livingroom Hush which made Jaga Jazzist consider quite a few new possibilities. Second album by Jaga Jazzist appears to follow a similar path as their debut with lots of Jazz and Electronic elements, although a bit more restrained. The problem is that the tracks are sounding pretty similar, combining jazzy improvisations with modern drum programming and Trip Hop beats, while there are also a fair amount of Avant Garde and Chamber Music traces via the.
However, Jaga Jazzist sees things differently. Jaga takes jazz to a whole different level by adding elements of cold electronica, buildups of post-rock, and the abstract time signatures of prog rock. The 9 piece band from Norwegian throws guitars, vibraphones, and many more instruments into the mix. As nearly every member of Jaga is a t, one can be sure that he/she will never hear the same exact combination of instruments in any song. The Stix represents a vibrant and lively view of Jaga Jazzist. The Stix, although not Jaga's best, is a great album showcasing the pure energy that Jaga Jazzist can create with their unique blend of styles. However, this gets tiring and one will find themselves wanting another Aerial Bright Dark Round to break up the album. Recommended Songs: Kitty Wu Day/Another Day Aerial Bright Dark Round I Could Have Killed Him in the Sauna.
Jaga Jazzist - The Stix. The Stix combines the iggery-pokery of their debut with the exuberance, warmth and fluidity of their live shows. In the year since their UK debut Jaga Jazzist have made a big impression. Debut single, Going Down, was made 12 of the week in the NME, was tipped by Gilles Peterson, The Blue Room, and Mixing It and went on to be one of Muzik’s Singles Of The Year