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Just East of Jazz

Artist: Just East

Date of Release: 01/01/1996

Catalogue no: JEOJCD1

Label: Just East of Jazz

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Blue mountain pyre

6.13

2

 

Freilachs

6.44

3

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Lada to Elfin Waltz

0.35

4

 

It takes two

7.00

5

 

Roots shmoots

4.07

6

 

Bocky’s butterfly nightmare

3.34

7

 

Bondraker

6.44

8

 

Back in the shmooze

6.04

9

 

Open all hours

6.19

10

 

So what's new?

4.47

11

 

Mushkila

2.40

 

 

 

 

The debut album captures the unique voice of Shoham’s writing even at that early stage. The quintet with Woodrow’s wide-ranging guitar sounds provides an interesting contrast to the present-day line-up.

Just East of Jazz line-up: Jeremy Shoham: saxes, Phil Scragg: bass, James Woodrow: guitars, Hilary Cameron: piano/keys, Rick Finlay: drums/perc

 

Reviews

 

01/01/1996 John Fordham The Guardian

“Very promising debut from the two-year-old British band specialising in jazz mingled with east European tunes and dance rhythms…saxophonist Jeremy Shoham attractively blends choppy, effervescent non-jazz rhythms with regular swing…has a soprano sound that adds an engaging mixture of bleariness and frantic exhilaration to postbop sax tonality… James Woodrow is a player of biting attack and immense flexibility”

 

01/01/1996 Dave Gelly The Observer

“…a new and fascinating crossover…the result is exhilarating and poignant, full of rhythmic fascination and haunting melodies…James Woodrow: a hugely accomplished and versatile player”

 

01/01/1996 Pete Martin Jazz UK

“an excellent set that provides a striking blend of the expected – jazz improvisations, smoky vocals – and the unexpected – exotic influences from Eastern Europe and Asia…a real world music blend that comes off admirably”

 

01/01/1996 Michael Tucker Jazz Journal International

“The music moves with almost theatrical assurance from catchy klezmer-like melody to flowing swing and passages of deeply grooved blues reflection…Touches of Argentinean and West Indian flavour add extra spice to the already engaging Euro-American mix…an enjoyable, well-conceived and realised album.”

 

01/01/1996 Ronald Atkins The Guardian

“An emphasis on improvisation forges obvious links between jazz and klezmer, and Just East of Jazz are among Britain’s top practitioners”

 

01/01/1996 Jed Williams Brecon Jazz Festival programme

“[JEOJ]…have produced what just could be the stand-out British CD of the year”

 

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