Magazine article New Internationalist

The Reason Why Vol 2

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Reason Why Vol 2

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The Reason Why Vol 2

by Goran Kajfes' Subtropic Arkestra (Headspin Recordings, HEAD 021 CD/LP/download)

Hot on the heels of its much-lauded predecessor comes The Reason Why Vol 2, from Swedish trumpeter Goran Kajfes and a tight band of heavy woodwind and loud electric guitars.

Kajfes, whose parents immigrated to Stockholm from Croatia, is a classically trained jazz musician and the disciplined playfulness of this background is manifest here in glorious fashion. In fact, this album is so playful in its sonic swerves that the listener can be wrong-eared as Kajfes makes a point of collapsing numerous sonic worlds and genres in on themselves.

The name of the band - Subtropic Arkestra - suggests as much in its homage to the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra and to the mélange that makes up Brazilian tropicália. …

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