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This short disc is the 12-movement creation of trumpeter Joachim J.K. Kuze. It is certainly a novel crossover experiment, which almost works. The style is mostly modern jazz, sometimes with a harder rock beat from the kit percussion, and the close-mic’d organ even manages to give the occasional impression of bass guitar and electronic synthesizer. I say ‘almost works’: the mixture of styles really jars – at one point we go from one comedic march to another via a succession of disjointed Messiaenic chords. Apart from finding many of the melodies banal, my biggest disappointment was the lack of the rhythmic cohesion between organ and drum kit, such a crucial element if this stylistic concept is to succeed.

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