Weapons Of Jazz Destruction follows on in the same vein from previous releases from both Nostalgia 77 and the Nostalgia 77 Octet. But shows a slight lunge back to his earlier, darker moments of musical style. such as To Have Or To Be? or When Love Is Strange giving a subtly dark, swirling, outer-worldly twist on this prodigious blend of traditional. progressive and Nu-Jazz. Ben has employed the services of two new artists on the album, Nick Smalley who provides an extra percussive input and the vocal talents of Sophie Smith who appears on Stars, To Have Or To Be? and One Step Out.
Musically the album fluidly transcends between the bright, euphoniously mellow into dynamic, expressive, symphonious melodies whilst then fluttering back to a more calm and timid style in other movements. The dynamics and range of power and song structure throughout the album seems to tell a story, taking the listener on an aural adventure of musical tales and woes. This combined with the definitive groove element found with in the arrangements, not too far away from the funk or world music scene, makes for an intensely diverse and intriguing listen, grabbing you by the ears and demanding your aural attention.
The album still embraces and embodies the atmosphere, vibe and jazz consciousness of the classic Jazz LPs from the 60s and 70s, Ben used a lot of old recording gear from the 60s and 70s to capture that raw, vibrant sound. This is beautifully juxtaposed against the sought after bass and fidelity of modern production techniques. As Ben himself alluringly states, \"its jazz - but not as we know it\".
The enthralling title of Weapons Of Jazz Destruction gives a fairly ominous, intriguing outward perception of is to be expected from the listener but there is no fear of The Nostalgia 77 Octet becoming the Sex Pistols of the Jazz scene just the pure, pioneering Jazz maestros they have proven themselves to be, delivering yet another outstanding piece of Jazz exquisiteness.
With the Octet album being directed to the straight up Jazz Heads Tru Thoughts will be continuing to promote the Nostalgia 77 album Everything Under The Sun, which has picked up a wide amount of praise, with a 12\" single release of Wildflower remixed by Povo and Quiet Dawn remixed by Bonobo later this year.
released November 19, 2007
Double Bass – Riaan Vosloo
Drums – Graham Fox, Nick Smalley
Engineer – Mike Pelanconi
Engineer [Assistant] – Toby Levin
Mixed By – Ben Lamdin*, Mike Pelanconi
Photography – Steve Glashier
Piano [Pianos] – Ross Stanley
Producer, Guitar, Percussion – Benedic Lamdin
Saxophone [Alto] – Jonny Spall
Saxophone [Tenor] – Mark Hanslip
Trombone – Trevor Mires
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Tom Allan
Vocals – Sophie Smith
Recorded at Red Kite Studios, February 2007. Additional recording at The Villas, Brighton.
Mixed at The Villas, Brighton.