Jaga Jazzist had long wanted to work with an orchestra, and when the British radio DJ Fiona Talkington introduced them to the Britten Sinfonia, they leapt at the chance to collaborate. The Barbican's Chris Sharp promised to stage the results, and the team set about writing the work from scratch. Jaga wanted to make each musician feel like a central part of the performance, and this philosophy paid off in full. The music is full of exuberance and passion, each player becoming an equal part of a startlingly purposeful hive-mind.
Jaga have always taken a rigorous approach to their art, and they wanted to use the opportunity afforded by the album to push their own creativity forward. As such, they broke new ground personally. 'Mathias' trumpet solo on Bananfluer Overalt is probably my favourite moment on the album,' says the group's writer and creative driving force Lars Horntveth. 'He really shines here and has the space and time to improvise in a way he hasn't been able to do before with Jaga alone.'
That says a lot about this brilliant, unique record. It's not often that an album comes along that offers so much. Its quieter moments could equal Shostakovich's explorations of mortality, its full throttle thrusts match the visceral thrill of any young guitar band. We'd suggest that you won't be disappointed in a listen, and that it might just change your day for the better.