Jazzanova Of All the Things
- Words: Eric K. Arnold
- Label: Verve
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
Though Jazzanova has graduated from underground club mavens to major-label employees, the boys from Berlin haven’t completely lost their edge. Often accused of being “too smooth,” they’re still capable of crafting gems within their framework of meticulously arranged jazz/soul/world beats. “Look What You’re Doing to Me” features rapper Phonte Coleman suavely stepping into the role of singer; a prominent cello riff anchors the Beatles-esque “Lie”; Jose James gets all moody on “Little Bird”; Dwele provides plenty of thrust on “Rockin’ You Eternally”; and Jazzanova’s fascination with Brazil continues with “Gafiera” (with Azymuth and Pedro Martins). In an ideal world, this is the kind of music one would hear on those “Quiet Storm” radio stations.
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