• The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble

    Reviewed by barcodezine (barcodezine)

    <b> The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble </b> - The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble

    Inspired by the soundtracks to mainstream horror/sci-fi movie classics such as
    Nosferatu and Metropolis, Jason Kohnen and Gideon Kiers formed The Kilimanjaro
    Darkjazz Ensemble around 2000. Drafting in session players to add conventional
    instruments such as trombone, cello and guitar, the duo deliver here a
    collection of cinematic soundscapes, stitched together by menacing computer
    programming.
    The album kicks in, after a moody opener, with Pearls For Swine, as hypnotic
    guitar slides are beefed by a powerful drum kick. Bass then adds a brooding
    rhythm as the track stops and starts, lifting off again with powerhouse cyber
    bass tones and some drilling noise terrorism. However, this isn’t really the
    norm – the beats are mostly unapparent throughout the rest of the album.
    Adaptation Of The Koto Song displays the jazz element that is a fluent side
    partner to the overpowering electronic component of the album; as sprinkled
    piano intersperses light bustling percussion, trombone and moody underlying
    bass rhythms. The album then flits between the world of soundtrack and
    downbeat ambient jazz in equal measure. Glitchy electronics provide some
    menacing overtones, painting images of dangerous back alleys, rain soaked
    pavements, and dark shadowy misdeeds hidden beneath the outward glamour of
    rows of pristine street lighting – David Lynch would be proud.
    The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble is an album that you can get into
    immediately if you’re in the right frame of mind – but only at length; it
    won’t mean much in short snippets. Its swirling, murky, but lightly jazzed
    atmospheres are shaped for a movie that has yet to be made.
    Certainly not what you would expect from the Planet Mu label - despite it’s
    historical diversity, but the album undoubtedly achieves what it sets out to
    accomplish.

    (7.4)

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