Thinkin twice about electro and jazz ?
Though the Motor City is renowned for giving the world techno and Motown, it’s a place with a complex musical history. This project, called The Detroit Experimient, rubs some of the city’s diverse styles together and creates a few sparks in the process. Co-producer Carl Craig is the leader of this ambitious outcome. Best known as one of the key figures in Detroit’s techno scene, his recent recordings namecheck Sun Ra, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band. Craig’s not namedropping to pick up some jazz cred, but simply paying homage to a lineage of Afro-American electronically influenced music that died a death with the advent of fusion and 90mph Minimoog solos. A reworking of Belgrave’s classic cosmic jazz opus “Space Odyssey” kicks things off, with echo drenched trumpet riding on a slinky bed of galactic funk. But the highlight here is Think twice, a reworking of Donald Byrd’s classic from 1975.
The original mix has a nice balance between 4/4 electronica and more organic sounds. The bass line is simple but infectious in the style of old funk and soul classics. The addition of the horn/trumpet part gives the song a jazzier feel as it progresses with a nice peak that never seems to stop growing. Rarely has this new electro-jazz-hip-hop hybrid had such soul, but what else would you expect from Detroit?
The Detroit Experiment : Think twice [Ropeadope records : 2003]