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Making Bones

Jazz: What it is? Some say it springs from the disenfranchised US black working class....

Making Bones

8 / 10 JAZZ: WHAT IS IT? SOME SAY IT SPRINGS FROM THE disenfranchised US black working class. Others that it's the spirit of innovation that passes through all good dance music. And then there are those who say that it's the most self-indulgent, apolitical bastard of a genre that only excites witless students. They are of course, all right.







Which, fittingly, sets the scene for Red Snapper's mutant interpretation of said music. They call it 'fuck-off jazz'. It could so easily be 'Jazz? Fuck off', and they'd probably agree.







The Snapper Campaign For Real Music is, however, present and correct, with liquid, stand-up bass licks, pristine beats, trumpet parps, strings and synths. But here we have the twin embellishments of rap/junglist MC and vocalist Alison David, whose bluesy soul croon is a tad hit and miss.







The key word here is sharpness. Everything is so well choreographed and focused, from the battering-ram hip-hop of 'Suckerpunch' to the brooding 'The Sleepless'. Only on the hyperactive, ultra-funk brilliance of 'Bogeyman' do the Snapper allow themselves the privilege of excess.







Jazz, then. But not as Charlie Parker would know it.

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