The nine piece Norwegian jazz-rock-experimental group that is Jaga Jazzist return to the fray with this new album, "One Armed Bandit" which was mixed in Chicago by John McEntire of Tortoise.
All galloping rhythms, and grandiloquent reach, main man Lars Horntveth describes the new sound, tongue-a-little-in-cheek, as "Wagner meets Fela Kuti"Lars Horntveth began writing the music for "One-Armed Bandit" early in 2008. Looking for a way between and beyond the band's previous albums, "What We Must" and "The Stix," Hornveth decided that everything would be charted and written out, noth more focussed and layered than ever before. One night, while listening to Fela Kuti, he came up with title-track "One Armed Bandit" and everything fell into place - a kinf of ride of the polyrhythmic acid-addled valkyries that scarecely lets up across the 53 minutes of the final album.
At heart this collective is a restless soul, going in many directions at the same time, but always going forward. Fast. The band always push their boundaries, both personal and musical. That is why they are impossible to categorize. And that's why they're special.