The Cinematic Orchestra ‎– Motion

Ninja Tune ‎– ZENCD45
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1 Durian
Flugelhorn – Jamie ColemanPiano, Electric Piano – Alex James (9)Soprano Saxophone – Tom ChantWritten-By, Producer – Eva Katzenmaier
2 Ode To The Big Sea
Percussion – Saidi KanbaSoprano Saxophone – Tom ChantTrumpet, Flugelhorn – Jamie Coleman
3 Night Of The Iguana
Acoustic Bass – Phil FranceDrums – T. Daniel HowardPiano [Acoustic], Soprano Saxophone – Tom ChantTrumpet – Jamie Coleman
4 Channel 1 Suite
Drums – T. Daniel HowardElectric Bass – Phil FranceElectric Piano – Tom ChantTrumpet – Jamie Coleman
5 Bluebirds
Electric Bass – Phil FrancePiano, Alto Saxophone – Tom Chant
6 And Relax! 4:55
7 Diabolus
Acoustic Bass – Phil FranceDrums – T. Daniel HowardPiano [Acoustic], Soprano Saxophone – Tom Chant

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Cover artwork title: "optic jazz no. 1" (detail)
Vocals on Durian sampled from Nina Simone's track "Strange Fruit".

The barcode is present only on the booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 021392 199122
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5021392199122
  • Matrix / Runout: IMPRESS ZENCD45/B 01 6
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 0470
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L136


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May 10, 2018
Weird you would mention Sorcery, @True2. Because I'm pretty sure Durian on this record samples the bass part from Abercrombie's song Sorcery I (from Gateway, back in '75). Check it out!


October 30, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

A pity this album is labeled "Future Jazz", because it's not about the future at all. And a pity it's released on Ninja Tune, cause people might fend it off as "just another boring trip-hop album".
The Cinematic Orchestra actually didn't get any better than this. Samples from old crackling jazz records creates a spooky film noir atmosphere that is so thick that most movie soundtrack composers would be jealous. If you close your eyes and listen, you hear more similarities with jazz legends like Buddy Rich and David Axelrod, than the boring trip-funk of The Herbaliser.
7 track in all, with most of the songs being about 7-14 minutes long, this album is definitely NOT for the dancefloor, which is good. It's simply a piece of brilliant cut-and-paste jazz music for home listening pleasure.


April 8, 2004

<I>Motion</I>, the Cinematic Orchestra’s first album, is, in a word, stunning. “Durian” starts out with slow strains then turns into a dark funk jam at the very end. “Ode to the Big Sea” takes a familiar jazz riff and sets it rolling like the ocean itself, with swells of horns, strings and drums and waves of piano and clarinet. That track is one of my favorites on an album that’s an embarrassment of riches. “Channel 1 Suite” is quietly devastating -- its vocal sample and gentle instruments have such an emotional pull. “And Relax!” encourages you to do just that. <I>Motion</I> shows how deeply felt music can be and has quickly become one of my favorite future jazz albums of all time.