Thursday, July 12, 2007

Blue Note Records Festival 2007 - Part II

Last night (Wednesday, July 11) the BNRF featured an amazing bill. Four great acts in a row, offering over 6 hours of fantastic sounds!

Koop (electronic/jazz/pop)
Koop is an electronic jazz duo from Sweden. The band, which consists of Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson, have made three albums, and has also been involved with numerous remix projects, including a remix for Astrud Gilberto's "Here's That Rainy Day" for the Verve Remixed project (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
Up till yesterday, I hadn't really heard a lot of their music. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by their refreshing mix of electronica, lounge and nostalgic swing and big band music. The show started off with a loungy instrumental song called Beyond the Sun featuring a narrative by Earl Zinger (whose voice mistook for Gary Brooker's of Procol Harum – silly me).
The rest of the set was made up by a selection of Koop's most uplifting tunes like Let's Elope and Darling.
Zingman and Simonsson were backed up by an energetic live combo and a captivating female vocalist by the name of Yukimi Nagano.
I've located some links to two of Koop's albums – Koop Island and Waltz for Koop. You'll find them in the comments section. Enjoy!

Eric Truffaz (fusion)
Eric Truffaz played quite a few songs from his lastest album Arkhangelsk (for a review and RS-download of the album, see earlier post). Onstage, the intimistic atmosphere of that record was transformed into about over an hour of fusion extravaganza.
At times it was almost hard to believe that it was just 4 guys on the stage. Truffaz was at his best on trumpet, while Patrick Muller blew the crowd away on electric Rhodes piano. But the real sensation was singer Ed Harcourt, who performed on the vocal pieces of the set!

More on Cinematic Orchestra and DJ Shadow later on...


Salty Dog said...

Here are the links to the Koop albums...

Koop - Islands

Koop - Waltz for Koop

Enjoy and please report dead links!

Steven said...

both links unrecognized by rapidshare

Salty Dog said...

Just try again... Paste the urls without spaces/returns into your browser window. It should work.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

The links are dead¡¡ can you repost them please? yestarday was my birthday, its like a gift.

In my country dont sell this albums.