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He's something of an eccentric, [a]Jimi Tenor[/a].
Here to belatedly promote his pseudo-classical opus 'Out Of Nowhere' (though sadly without the white horses that carried him to the stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival), the reality is actually a bit different. We live in an age where everyone from Metallica downwards has 'gone orchestral' so really, Jimi's doing nothing new. Still, when it's done properly, there's no denying its potency. Tenor might be guilty of forced experimentalism and pretension, but when you see the gusto with which he fuses great, parping arpeggios with blaxploitation funk on tracks like 'Spell', it's easy to forgive him.
Although occasionally the orchestra seem like window dressing for Tenor's increasingly bemusing antics, the man is a showman in the oldest sense of the word. And in an age where dressed-down blokeishness is de rigueur (hello, Travis and Coldplay) it's refreshing to witness a man leading an orchestra dressed all in pink and as a warlock.
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