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JAVA QUARTET - REJAVANATION

Rejavanation

Java Quartet
Rejavanation

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Released Monday 9th August 2010

“The Java Quartet is well schooled in the jazz tradition and has built on those concepts in presenting music with dash and a contemporary flair.”
– Frank Rubolino, Cadence Magazine (New York).

After 5 fine albums over 15 years, Sydney jazz mainstays The Java Quartet release their new album ‘Rejavanation’.

‘Rejavanation’ is an eclectic jazz romp through digital beats, textures and tones. Inspired by the hypnotic aesthetics of dance electronica, the band has re-imagined, remixed, and reinvented a collection of some of the finest moments from their back catalogue, combining them with some adventurous new material. Think A Tribe Called Quest and their preoccupation with jazz samples; the sonorous acoustic bass sound of Roni Size’s drum ‘n bass beats; the quirky electro-jazz of Flanger; and the whole of Bill Laswell’s Axiom label output – especially his Tabla Beat Science project. Serious jazz improvisation dives into a sea of circuitry and Indian raga with mesmerising outcomes – jazz you can sometimes even dare dance to.

Born as bassist and bandleader Michael Galeazzi’s postgraduate music research project, ‘Rejavanation’ built and blossomed through the emphasis of weaving acoustic improvisers into digital landscapes. Michael teamed up with sound engineer extraordinaire Jonathan Palmer to realise this new vision/version of The Java Quartet. The band’s sonic palate was expanded through the deployment of some gifted guest virtuosos - Bobby Singh (Djan Djan) playing tabla, Adrian McNeil (Triambaka Trio) on sarod, Morganics (Meta Bass and Breath) exercising his formidable hip hop skills, and Linda Janssen (Wicked Beats Sound System) providing elegant vocals. Despite the hybridizing process, however, the band’s essential prowess and core soulful sound have certainly not been lost in translation – the Java DNA still burns boldly and brightly.

Rather than keeping ‘Rejavanation’ a strictly studio/computer project, The Java Quartet have embraced the joy of bringing it to the real time of the stage. They will be interpreting the album on tour throughout August with the assistance of special guest Java Men Bobby Singh and Morganics to humanize the digital, and maybe digitise the human, landscape.


  


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ntnews.com.au - August 2010
THERE was something a little off when I walked into the Lighthouse ready to enjoy the Java Quartet.

It had to do with the crisp riesling in my hand.

My past experience of jazz ...more

Eric Pozza - Dir. Canberra Jazz, 14th Aug 2010

Michael Galeazzi of the Java Quartet was telling me of a mate and PhD studies in music. He was investigating how different performers in a band see the same gig in different ways. It’s an ...more

Roger Mitchell - Sun Herald Review 'Play' 15th August 2010

JUSTIFIABLY The Java Quartet has many loyal fans. But will they follow bandleader Michael Galeazzi on his postgraduate research relating transcendental qualities of modal jazz (Miles, Coltrane) t...more

Jessica Nicholas - The Age (Melbourne) Saturday 21st August 2010


The seeds of the Java Quartet’s latest CD (Rejavanation) were sown when composer-bassist Michael Galeazzi started exploring the connections between modal jazz and other trance-inducin...more

Tony Hillier - The AGE


THE sixth album in 15 years from Sydney's Java Quartet introduces a new musical palette for the group led by bassist Michael G...more

John Shand - Sydney Morning Herald
It's 65 years since rock'n'roll routed jazz as the popular music of the day. The 1990's "acid jazz" fad and it's "nu Jazz" sequel were, in part, attempts to restore it. Now the Java Quartet's leader a...more

John McBeath - The Australian September 2010
THE sixth album in 15 years from Sydney's Java Quartet introduces a new musical palette for the group led by bassist Michael Galeazzi, who composed these seven tracks.

Described as an eclec...more