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Djamra: Transplantation

Hailing from Osaka, Japan ; Djamra presents an adventuresome avant-jazz which hits you right between the eyes. Masaharu Makakita's virtuoso electric bass playing dominates most tracks with a fat n' funky sound giving this band a modern , heavy sound not usually associated with this genre. Whether slapping or sliding up and down the neck of his fretless bass, Mr Makakita lays the foundation for a memorable musical odyssey. Alt-sax player Shinji Kitamura and trumpeter Dai Akahani play a game of cat and mouse, chasing each other in and around the anchor provided by Masaharu's bottom end. Although primarily a foursome ( Akihiro Enomoto rounds out the quartet , on drums) the band does have several guest musicians rotate in and out of the line-up; supplying us with some electric guitar, keyboards, and more alt-sax.

Whether fully immersed in an avant-jazz mode ( Neo Skin, Mood), experimenting with alternate takes of the same track ( Time Flies Like An Arrow-2 hones and 3 hones versions), or exploring a more worldy sound ( To India), Djamra offers up a fantastic hybrid of musical tapestries played with panache and conviction.

Once again I must tip my hat to the good folks at Musea who seem to have a knack for finding and signing a huge cross-section of talented bands who, for the most part, like to push the musical envelope to it's limits. Highly recommended.

Track listing:

  1. Time Flies Like An Arrow (2 hones version)
  2. Channeling
  3. Assasin In Sin
  4. Neo Skin
  5. Mood
  6. Nest
  7. Time Flies Like An Arrow(3 hones version)
  8. Hz
  9. Pliable Clockwork
  10. The Cave
  11. To India

Added: February 22nd 2004
Reviewer: Yves Dube
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Language: english

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