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Growing in strength means shrinking the track list as the ever-evolving Jaga Jazzist begin to prefer suite-sized music on this 2015 LP. Two of the five cuts on Starfire pass the ten-minute mark, as the Norwegian ensemble blends jazz, space rock, and hippie-aimed trip-hop into one free-flowing mass of funk that deserves to stretch its legs. Consider it an earned exhale after the buttoned-up classicism of the previous album, Live with Britten Sinfonia, but whatever the reason, the highlights are the grooves that last the longest with "Big City Music," "Oban," and the title cut taking win, place, and show. The mood is free but heavy as ominous bits wind in and out, and while Starfire certainly isn't as game-changing as LPs like Agharta and Pangaea, the mood and spirit is that of Miles in the '70s, but with the mechanically precise rhythms one would expect from a group born in the era of acid jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2015
Label: Ninja Tune
UPC: 5054429001679
catalogNumber: 223
Rank: 118969

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jaga Jazzist   Primary Artist
Frode Larsen   Violin
Ola Kvernberg   Violin
Andreas Mjos   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vibes,Group Member
Lars Horntveth   Synthesizer,Clarinet,Flute,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Martin Horntveth   Percussion,Drums,Tubular Bells,Group Member
Jorgen Træen   Korg
Even Ormestad   Bass Guitar,Synthesizer Bass,Group Member
Audun Sandvik   Cello
Leon Dewan   Synthesizer
Ole Henrik Moe   Violin
Line Horntveth   Flute,Tuba,Euphonium,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Group Member
Erlend Mokkelbost   Hand Clapping
Susanne Sundfør   Hand Clapping
Marcus Forsgren   Synthesizer,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Stig Ove Ose   Viola
Øyvind Fossheim   Violin
Kari Rønnekleiv   Violin
Erik Johannessen   Trombone,Vocals,Group Member
Øystein Moen   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Group Member

Technical Credits

Lars Horntveth   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jaga Jazzist   Arranger
Martin Horntveth   Programming,Engineer
Jorgen Træen   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Even Ormestad   Engineer
Marcus Forsgren   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Øystein Moen   Programming

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