Djabe and Steve Hackett – Music News
They gathered in a church in Sardinia and, through a series of improvisations, created “Life Is A Journey: The Sardinia Tapes”.
This album captures live selections from that album as well as a number of Genesis and Steve Hackett numbers.
Steve Hackett’s reputation as a solo artist has been established over many years and in recent times he has turned to re-recording Genesis classics and touring them with a collection of very good artists, carrying in my opinion the music of Genesis to new heights.
Djabe is a Hungarian jazz collective and performs his own material, mixing jazz with Hungarian and African music. The band’s name translates to “Freedom” and their live performances at festivals etc. are often free form workouts based on their own music.
Put Djabe and Hackett together and the result is magnificent.
Aron Koos-Hutas’s trumpet and bugle are heavily represented and function as a brilliant counterpoint to Hackett’s extensive guitar work. Attila Egerhazi’s guitar playing has a very different feel to Hackett and so you have two guitarists working together for a haunting sound. Tamas Barabas’ bass playing is intense and rich while the drums and percussion of Pater Kaszas create a huge soundscape in which everything works. Janos Nagy’s keyboard playing is essential but brilliantly understated.
Everything goes together to create music that has the capacity to surprise every time you listen to it.
All the classic elements of Jazz & Fusion are there, but at no point do you feel the excess and loss of control that so many fusion outfits display.
Even on a number such as “Lava Lamp” where, for 18 minutes, each member has the opportunity to display the merchandise, the rest of the group does a brilliant job of keeping the tempo and melody and keeping the other players on track. task.
Genesis-derived numbers – especially “Los Endos” – benefit from jazz additions but retain their original form while Djabe numbers have jazz at their heart and move away from the rock sound of Hackett’s own material.
It’s a wonderful album, full of intrigue and pure joy to see six outstanding musicians interact and create together. One of the best outings in ages.