Quasimode : The Land Of Freedom (Sonar Kollektiv)
Quasimode are a four piece jazz band based in Tokyo, formed in 2002. With previous releases on Freestyle, Inpartment and Columbia they now join the Sonar Kollektiv label. Their sound is based on authentic jazz rhythms from the 60s and 70s and has been linked with similar Jap-jazz bands like Soil & ‘Pimp’ Session and Sleep Walker. In fact, album track « The Man From Nagpur » features Masato Nakamura from Sleep Walker on saxophone. Other guests on the album include one of the world’s greatest jazz vocalists, Carmen Lundy, on the song « Time Is Love ». Amongst the album’s great instrumental numbers « For Self Defense » has a classic swinging feel, while « The Land Of Freedom » captures the energy that Quasimode exude when they play live in clubs.