Jazz Kamikaze – The Return Of Jazz Kamikaze (2012)
Jazz Kamikaze are a Danish group, who cite Bach, Radiohead and Coltrane among their many influences.
And those influences show! The major influence here is jazz, as told through the sax, piano and drums; yet the bass and guitar add a decidedly more rock edge to their work. At times the guitars are heavy and distorted and reminiscent of 90s grunge, the sax wails with blistering pace and hair-width accuracy. I feel like the bass could be a bit louder in the mix, it sometimes getting a bit lost and misses what I think is an important ingredient in good jazz (whatever avenue it wants to travel down); I found I had to turn the volume up quite loud to really hear what was being played.
Overall, I think it is a pretty good album. There is a lot of interesting music here and a good mix of rock (especially prog) and jazz.
Favourite tracks: Mitsuhirito, Agent Cooper, Kole
Spotify link: Jazzkamikaze – The Return of Jazzkamikaze