As One ‎– In With Their Arps, And Moogs, And Jazz And Things

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Epic 13:08
Chiaro 5:37
Last Of The Almoravids 6:14
The Electric Hymn 6:01
The Kiss 6:02
Sphere Of The Fixed Stars 4:07
Triumphant 6:37
Queen Constance 5:49
The Message In Herbie's Shirts 9:17
A Short Track About Love 4:19
Hyeres 5:20

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Risingson

Risingson

March 11, 2016
referencing In With Their Arps, And Moogs, And Jazz And Things, CD, Album, Ltd, RE, XQAW-1002

Gloriously re released in a kind of mini vinyl recreation cardboard case (something really popular at that time: I have many rerelases that follow this format and which are a bit difficult to find afterwards through my shelves), this is, yes, the best thing that has come from Kirk DeGiorgio, a great mix of 70s funk jazz with lots of old synths, nods to Herbie Hancock (of course) and his usual gorgeous ambient number(s). My favourite is "The message on Herbie's shirts", a perfect middle ground between the detroit techno he always loved and crafted and the jazz artists he admires. Not that DeGiorgio has ever stopped being great, but this is arguably his peak of creativity.
The_Unrest_Cure

The_Unrest_Cure

December 5, 2010
referencing In With Their Arps, And Moogs, And Jazz And Things, CD, Album, CLR430CD

Kirk Degiorgio has produced lots of brilliant music, but this is undoubtedly his finest moment. Soul jazz meets electro meets techno, with many sublime pop music moments stirred in. "Epic" slowly builds on a repeating melody, and while it doesn't quite become jazz, it is certainly jazzy in a very contemplative way. "Chiaro" and "The Electric Hymn" showcase his rhythmic dexterity, as his drum programming is complex yet engaging (and sounds gorgeous). The end of the album slows it down, with "A Short Track About Love" and "Hyeres" coming across not as chill-room background noise, but emotionally gripping ambient.

There is a lot going on here, as Degiorgio incorporates a lot of influences and distills them into something wholly unique: this is neither jazz nor techno, nor jazzy techno. It is very apparent, though, that what he crafted was a near-perfect album that could be broken apart into single tracks, but is best tasted in whole.