Saturday, January 7, 2012

9.) Quiet Inlet - Food (Top Jazz Picks '11)

Quiet Inlet
ECM Records.

When facing the brink of a new world, sometimes all one needs is a little push. That said I hardly expected my nudge to come from electronic composer Christian Fennesz, but there his name sat on the cover of Quiet Inlet. No wonder it was my first ECM purchase!

As foggy and damp as its cover suggests, Quiet Inlet merges ambient soundscapes and jazz instrumentation into a single current. Boasting a sound more meditative than any other jazz-related album I purchased this year, Food’s airy saxophone passages and echoed drums resonated like a welcome seasonal awakening.

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