Jazzanova - The PoolSonar Kollektiv
There are a select number of groups that can remain relevant despite not releasing an album within the last decade but Jazzanova is one of the exceptions to that rule. Team members Alex Barck, Claas Brieler, Axel Reinemer, Jorgen Von Knoblauch and Stefan Leisering have anything but idle as they've been working on various projects. Their growth as musicians are evident on this release. "The Pool" embarks on a myriad of musical styles with assistance from an impressive group of friends old and new. One of those new friends is rapper Oddisee who kicks off the disc with the brooding albeit painfully short hip hop gem "Now". "Follow Your Feel" is an upbeat soulful tune featuring Pete Josef on vocals. "Sincere" is filled with minimalist synth grooves and features up and coming vocalist Noah Slee. Jamie Cullum's uplifting vocals will pluck your heart strings on the haunting ballad "Let's Live Well". There's much more here to savor and that's no surprise. A Jazzanova album has never disappointed and this one is no exception.
Reg Dancy, 09/18