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by JKT

Trio with synths, bass, and drums with a modern approach; electro/jazz/funk for your ear holes.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Io
2:00 $0.99
2. Jupiter
5:57 $0.99
3. Super Hand Grenade
3:41 $0.99
4. In Search of the Perfect Fox
4:51 $0.99
5. Europa
2:08 $0.99
6. Come on Now
4:45 $0.99
7. Infinite
6:43 $0.99
8. Ganymede
1:55 $0.99
9. Morning Shine
2:55 $0.99
10. Callisto
1:40 $0.99
11. Mystic Consequence
3:19 $0.99
12. Jupiter (Live)
9:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Local Cincinnati jazztronica synth trio JKT is releasing their latest studio album in 10 years! Jupiter takes you on a musical journey through an array of genres and styles. Kohne, Barlow, and Herzig's vast influences shine in tracks that are compositional in nature and organic in approach. Thematically, it's inspired by the sounds of nature, the "music of the spheres," resulting in immersive pieces each having a unique gravity. Others will leave you humming riffs and melodies long after. From start to finish you will musically leave Earth, enter sub-space, arrive a Jupiter moments later, explore the atmosphere and Galilean moons, and survive the journey home.

There are four tracks on this album that act as the connective tissue. Each represents a different Galilean moon of Jupiter. Their orbital resonances and trajectories are used as foundational material, becoming pitches, harmonies, and rhythms for improvisation. JKT takes those elements and infuses them with bass and keyboard synthesizers and drum rhythms that align with the patterns of the moon's orbit. The result is an ethereal and organic listening experience that connects all the pieces of the album.

Mystic Consequence:
From the start, you are pulled in with a haunting swell that carries over the essence from the previous track. It has a vacuum of energy that drops you undeviatingly into the first chord. The principal chord progression moves in parallel motion with the melody and contrapuntal motion with the bass. The counterpoint, coupled with non-traditional chordal motion, produces gorgeous waves of textures of light and dar within realms of light and dark.

In Search of the Perfect Fox:
Aptly named, as it invokes thoughts of an adventure through a mystical wilderness for a mythical creature; the journey musically narrated as such. Like any long trek, the piece takes you down paths that shift and turn, each contrasting, yet connected and intertwined with another. Nearing the end of this musical trek, you will be surprised by abruptly falling down the rabbit hole and entering a whole other musical realm from which you started.

Super Hand Grenade:
JKT’s use of synthesizers throughout Jupiter illustrates their level of versatility and creativeness. Super Hand Grenade specifically opens with the sounds of blasts and distant doppler effects, setting an ominous vibe, followed by an eruption into a driving funk chord progression alongside bebop inspired melodic phrasing. This track builds to a powerfully explosive drum solo supported by a chromatic ostinato, that simulates the falling of grenades down an embankment and the resulting explosions.

What begins as one of the loosest and most relaxing tracks on the album, takes off into an epic solo section that's intensity reaches a near-infinite proportion; Infinite will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat every chorus. Perhaps what's most intriguing about this track is that it highlights the fact that at its roots JKT began as a traditional jazz piano trio, while simultaneously also illustrating how the group evolved from their previous works. Their use of analog synthesizers to add character to already dense harmonies as well as to build melodic intensity defines this track. Its skeleton is a creative variation on a standard AABA form with contrasting themes in both A and B; leaving you feeling elevated each time a section changes. Infinite is perhaps the most dynamically varying track on Jupiter.

Originally composed as a solo piano work; Jupiter has since evolved to be an entirely different piece. The harmonies in the primary sections utilize an aggregate of triad pairs with the melody top. When the harmony shifts, the pairs stay static, resulting in interesting consonances and dissonances against the melody notes. The following section features a contrasting melody, sequenced once a semitone apart. Ultimately, using parallel harmonic motion, you are transported to an extensive varying solo section, which has a drastic shift in tonality. The harmonic motion of this section is a chromatic cycle with varying chord qualities, each invoking a different emotion and feeling; opening the gate for interesting improvisation. JKT was fortunate to have Gene Marquis, a Cincinnati seasoned player (CSO, SJO, and more) perform on this track. Gene’s use of the clarinet in the melodic sections add a timbre diversity that polishes Jupiter and adds a sense of charm to the melody, uplifting the piece.



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