Becoming one of my favorite Jazz/Hybrid bands. They mix it up with different genres and do it so well. I have been seeking out their vinyl releases outside of Bandcamp since I live in the U.S. and shipping is quite hefty. I have both Electric Monkey sessions, the one with Thierno Koité and some of Benajmin Herman's releases. Love this band!
Since 1994 New Cool Collective have been known for their unique sound: a mix of jazz, dance, Latin, and salsa. Massive, energetic, and made for dancing, with the big band of 19 members or in the small formation of eight men.
After Trippin’, the last small formation album, these eight guys now take themselves to a new level with this record: Out of Office. “We keep trying to cross boundaries. We are always on a journey.” This journey has been a metaphorical one through many different music styles, but was in this case a literal one as well: “On the road to concerts we were listening to loads of music: Pharoah Sanders, Mongo Santamaria, Jackie Mittoo and from Mars Volta to The Hives."
The guys that once brought jazz to the dance floor have now arrived at their seventh album. A record with a whole new groove: the sound, though still jazzy and dance-able, has become deeper and darker. This new record takes unexpected turns and fresh brass-sounds create an atmosphere that's bigger and darker, “nearly cinematic”. Out of Office sounds unrestricted, more nochalant, and is sturdier than their previous work, even rock influences are clearly audible.
released April 14, 2008
Benjamin Herman - Saxophones, flute, vocals
David Rockefeller - Trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, vocals
Anton Goudsmit - Guitar, vocals
Willem Friede - Fender Rhodes, keyboards, electronics, vocals
Leslie Lopez - Bass guitar, baby bass, vocals
Jos De Haas - timbales, congas, bongo, batá (iya, itotele), guiro, additional percussion, vocals
Frank van Dok - Congas, batá (okonkolo), additional percussion, vocals
Joost Kroon - Drumas, vocals
All compositions by New Cool Collective
Wouter Schueller plays baritone saxophone on 'Lang Lang'
Produced by New Cool Collective
Executive producer: Dox Records
Mixed by Joeri Saal at Studio 150
Recorded by Bart Wagemakers at Studio Zeezicht
Mastered by Zlaya at Loud!
Additional recording by Donné Roos & Frans Wajon at Muziekstudio De Haas
Additional recording by Joeri Saal at Studio 150
Just incredible. A whole new shape for jazz. I've never heard anything like it before. The combo of two drummers, sax, and tuba is totally unique and the sounds they get out of those instruments are transcendent. Levrikon