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Jaga Jazzist: What We Must

Jaga Jazzist

Jaga Jazzist co-leader Lars Horntveth is a prodigy, having started the band and recorded an album by the time he was 14. The reedist/guitarist/keyboardist released his first solo CD last year, the incredible Pooka (Smalltown Supersound), which won Norway’s equivalent of a Grammy for best electronica album. And along with his Jaga and real-life bro, drummer Martin Horntveth, he’s one of the primaries in the Norwegian chart-topping pop band the National Bank.

It’s Lars’ talent that provides the 10-member Jaga Jazzist with the majority of its postjazz/rocktronica sound and vision. With a huge array of musicians and instruments at his disposal he can go large scale with the group’s compositions and arrangements, which has helped the now 11-year-old band reach an international audience beyond the fjords. What We Must (Ninja Tune) is the band’s latest long-player, and it’s another grand experience, with seven expertly arranged, multitiered songs featuring plenty of strings, horns and electronics.

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