Established electronic/downtempo producer Tristan De Liège has teamed up with up and coming alternative jazz quartet Jambal on their new album Enterprises of Great Pith and Moment, released on the 15th September 2023. The album showcases the focus track, ‘The Great Wave,’ along with their previously released singles, ‘Uncertainties‘ and ‘Collisions Of Light.’ These earlier releases earned recognition on Spotify Editorial Playlist State Of Jazz, as well as acclaim from CLASH Magazine and airplay on UK National radio station Jazz FM, hosted by John Osborne. Additionally, ‘The Great Wave,’ serving as the album’s focus track, has already received early praise from EARMILK.
Enterprises of Great Pith and Moment is a bewitching meeting point for these artists – it is a delicate nu jazz odyssey that combines the modern electronic elements of downtempo with the timeless, improvisatory feel of jazz. The instrumentation is understated but undoubtedly sophisticated – you can tell that every musician involved really knows what they are doing. The band moves between quiet, slow motifs and busy crescendos with ease. The rhythm section steers the music with complicated but engaging meters, tastefully pulling back at times to let the melodies and harmonies shine through. Its masterful, moving and deeply intricate at all times.
“This collaboration is very special to us, for many reasons,” the artists commented. “It is Tristan’s first foray into making a jazz album with a band, and it is Jambal’s first full-length album. Jambal’s European jazz aesthetics meeting Tristan’s inspirations from living in Los Angeles and collaborating with electronic and jazz players there resulted in a beautiful and interesting synergy that was surprising and fruitful – leading to a unique set of tracks that neither would have made on their own. The pieces also have a wide range of emotional expression and narrative, showcasing the full range of both Tristan’s composing approach and Jambal’s performance and interpretation”.
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