JON BALKE / BATAGRAF, SAY & PLAY


A drum and percussion suite headed by multi-instrumentalist Jon Balke, “Say And Play” (ECM) is a sonic odyssey that fuses organic beats derived from Nigerian Yoruba culture, Arabic music and Senegalese traditions with layered percussion, trance-like vocals, electronics and keyboards. Balke and his musicians (including musical partner Helge Andreas Norbakkan) add stream of consciousness lyrics sung by Emilie Stoesen Christiansen for an effect that suggests Bjorky performance art mixed with an after hours chill party. ECM recordings always sound great and this one is mixed deep for a lush, bass heavy experience. The spacey, sometimes ghostly vocals weave in and out of “Say And Play,” which together with its electro-pulse and nocturnal throb has an extraordinary way of getting under your skin. (13 tracks; 47:03 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: JON BALKE / BATAGRAF, SAY & PLAY

Monday, April 2, 2012

JON BALKE / BATAGRAF, SAY & PLAY


A drum and percussion suite headed by multi-instrumentalist Jon Balke, “Say And Play” (ECM) is a sonic odyssey that fuses organic beats derived from Nigerian Yoruba culture, Arabic music and Senegalese traditions with layered percussion, trance-like vocals, electronics and keyboards. Balke and his musicians (including musical partner Helge Andreas Norbakkan) add stream of consciousness lyrics sung by Emilie Stoesen Christiansen for an effect that suggests Bjorky performance art mixed with an after hours chill party. ECM recordings always sound great and this one is mixed deep for a lush, bass heavy experience. The spacey, sometimes ghostly vocals weave in and out of “Say And Play,” which together with its electro-pulse and nocturnal throb has an extraordinary way of getting under your skin. (13 tracks; 47:03 minutes)

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