Conjoint

Conjoint

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An interesting electro-jazz summit featuring three "generations" of experimental artists, including David Moufang, vibist Karl Berger (Ornette Coleman, Lee Konitz), new school German avant-garde guitarist Gunter "Ruit" Kraus, and up-and-coming techno experimentalist Jamie Hodge (aka Plus 8's Born Under a Rhyming Planet). Although a superficial listen reveals only the sort of wallpaper-y lounge jazz explored by any number of '70s Blue Note soul-jazz artists (and more recently expanded upon by the likes of Tortoise, Tipsy, the Sea and Cake, etc.), in fact, a subtler mucking about is going on deeper down. Like previous Moufang jazz-related projects, Conjoint is a meticulous hybrid of instrumental groove music and minimalist electronica, referencing ambient, electro, and dub through inventive, interwoven dialogues. However (and something of a first where these projects are concerned), samplers are kept largely at bay throughout, relying on an interesting interplay between Berger's omnipresent vibraphone, Kraus' summery guitar work, and Hodge's and Moufang's machines and treatments. Enjoyable and occasionally enthralling.