A last-minute add to the program over at JZ, the Copenhagen-based group called Jazz Kamikaze who have been getting rave reviews will be playing this thursday night at JZ Club. In fact, when Shanghaiist was in Copenhagen last February, we didn’t hear the band but got to jam a bit with some of the players in it. They were great, very creative and vibrant musicians. And killer players! So we’re expecting a great show from them.
Their Myspace page has a selection of their tunes from the two albums they have already recorded and there’s a nice amount of variation between the tunes. Some of them have a very rock-fusion sound, and others are more funky, but they all are lively and very tight. Very progressive sound these guys have. And all the tunes have an evocativeness that fits their entire cartoon-story idea. It’s easy to imagine superheros having adventures to this music.
Apparently, the shows they were scheduled to play in Chengdu (and elsewhere on the mainland?) as the China part of an Asian tour were canceled at the last minute, so JZ came through with some gigs for them. We’ll all be the better for it, as we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to hear them in Shanghai if it hadn’t happened! They will continue on to play in Thailand after leaving China.
JZ, 46 Fuxing Xi Lu, near Yongfu Lu, Metro Line 1 Changshu Lu Station. 复兴西路46号,近永福路. Tel: 64310269.
Cross-posted at Shanghaijazzscene.com