A dynamic, beautifully melodic album embodying the heart and soul of ’60s Jazz with a modern Nostalgia 77 twist.
Since signing to Tru Thoughts in 2002 Benedic Lamdin, the man behind Nostalgia 77, has released three solo albums, one live album, four 7″ singles, a 12″ single, an EP and is now releasing the third album from his full live band, The Nostalgia 77 Octet.
Weapons Of Jazz Destruction follows on in the same vein from previous releases from both Nostalgia 77 and the Nostalgia 77 Octet but shows a slight lunge back to his earlier, darker moments of musical style such as ‘To Have Or To Be?’ or ‘When Love Is Strange’ giving a subtly dark, swirling, outer-worldly twist on this prodigious blend of traditional, progressive and Nu-Jazz. Ben has employed the services of two new artists on the album, Nick Smalley who provides an extra percussive input and the vocal talents of Sophie Smith who appears on ‘Stars’, ‘To Have Or To Be?’ and ‘One Step Out’.
Musically the album fluidly transcends between the bright, euphoniously mellow into dynamic, expressive, symphonious melodies whilst then fluttering back to a more calm and timid style in other movements. The dynamics and range of power and song structure throughout the album seem to tell a story, taking the listener on an aural adventure of musical tales and woes. This combined with the definitive groove element found within the arrangements, not too far away from the funk or world music scene, makes for an intensely diverse and intriguing listen, grabbing you by the ears and demanding your aural attention.
The album still embraces and embodies the atmosphere, vibe and jazz consciousness of the classic Jazz LPs from the ’60s and ’70s, Ben used a lot of old recording gear from the ’60s and ’70s to capture that raw, vibrant sound. This is beautifully juxtaposed against the sought after bass and fidelity of modern production techniques. As Ben himself alluringly states, “it’s jazz – but not as we know it”.