Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cobblestone Jazz delivers thought provoking music


I listen to a lot of music and am always searching for something new. This search has recently led me to electronic music. Cobblestone Jazz, a trio of electronic musicians with traditional music education, improvises their music from machines both in the studio and live. With the release of their album 23 Seconds they have been in constant demand overseas, but recently found time to do a series of dates in the states. Late Saturday night they took the stage at Nectar.

Slowly building their sound up they tweaked at mixing boards, stared at computer screens, banged on drum machines and one member plays the fender Rhodes while adding vocals processed through a vocorder.

For me I enjoy the build up in their style of electronic music. It doesn’t just start out fast and up tempo, it climbs up the BPM ladder slowly, all the while they are quick to let the song breath introducing new elements and bringing in the spacey house feel.

As the music grows you can see the guys in Cobblestone Jazz getting more and more excited. They like to say that they build off each other’s playing and watching them perform you can see what they mean. As you see one go off on a tangent the others will sit back, digest the move and then come back in with the perfect retort.

It is with this theme running throughout the night that Cobblestone Jazz performed until last call always building and developing new sounds just for your enjoyment. Whether you were dancing to the grooves, listening to every little nuance of sound, or just vibeing out with your friends Cobblestone Jazz had everyone’s attention with their progressive electronic arrangements.

Cobblestone Jazz "23 Seconds"

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Originally posted here on February 28th 2008

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