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Jazzanova is many things to many different people. For more than fifteen years the eclectic collective from Berlin has been busy producing, composing, arranging, remixing, DJing and generally shaping our musical world – in the clubs, on the air, in the studio, live on stage, and with their label Sonar Kollektiv. Their “very fertile musical world” (Time Out New York), which does “light a musical tinderbox” (The Face, UK), is “one of the best fusions of all the disparate elements of club music, yet” (Straight No Chaser) and “has dominated the jazz-dance and down-tempo scenes for the past few years, both with its own label and with countless remixes” (Phoenix New Times). Ever changing and evolving, for the past three years Jazzanova has also been touring internationally with a nine-piece-band, which now culminates in their newest release: “The Funkhaus Studio Sessions”. The album represents their exciting “live playlist”, a success from electronic-events like “Melt!”, or Pop-festivals like “Heineken Opener” or “Flow”, to “North Sea Jazz”, “Capetown Jazz” or “Java Jazz”. Played by the full band in the distinguished studios of the “Funkhaus Europa” this brand-new production consists of originals spanning Jazzanova’s entire career: all new, updated and instrumentally re-imagined versions, from their groundbreaking “Fedime’s Flight”, originally released in 1997, via legendary remixes and on to a taste of their score for the revue “Belle et fou”, plus the very first recording of “iHuman”, their fantastically soulful new theme-song – a statement with different meanings to different listeners.

Jazzanova met on the Berlin club-scene in the mid-Nineties, a time when “Mitte” was still a ghost-town during the day, which came alive at night with party-spots like “Delicious Doughnuts” on the corner of Rosenthaler Straße and Auguststraße. A haven for all things jazzy and funky, the club became the birthplace of the collective in 1995 during a night of DJing in which they found truth in each other’s musical styles – and decided to refine their various inspirations into a new sound, incorporating and bowing to a plethora of dance-oriented music from the past four decades. Two years later, Jazzanova got its first big break when DJ and “Worldwide”-presenter Gilles Peterson aired “Fedimes Flight”, the collective’s debut-single, on his radio-show for the BBC. The song was the first release on JCR (Jazzanova Compost Records), their new label-platform in partnership with the Munich-based company of “Future Sound Of Jazz”-fame, and was soon followed by “Caravelle”, yet another hit on the international dance-underground. Spreading their sounds and ideas with inspired DJ sets, also using monikers like “Extended Spirit” or “Kosma”, the Jazzanova DJs were among the first DJs from Berlin in demand all around the world. During this time Jazzanova also got to work on a series of widely acclaimed remixes for fellow innovators like 4hero, Koop, Ursula Rucker, United Future Organization, or Ian Pooley, most of which were collected in the two-disc-set “The Remixes 1997-2000”. After a select few productions under their own name, as well as JCR-releases by Koop, Victor Davies, the Underwolves, or Rima, as well as various-artist compilations dedicated to Polish Jazz from the 60s and 70s for instance, Jazzanova’s full-length debut “In Between” was released by popular demand and to critical acclaim in 2002. Five years and a host of remixes, productions and compilations later, it was followed by their seminal sophomore effort “Of All The Things”. The latter not only introduced an advanced and enriched sound-scape, but also their collaboration with the vocalist and bass-player Paul Randolph, a veteran on the Detroit-scene, revered not only for his own releases but for productions with Carl Craig, Moodyman, or Amp Fiddler. Today, Randolph is not only a featured performer with the live-band, but also the co-writer and singer of their new song “iHuman”.

Jazzanova is in the midst of a fifteen year flow – from early underground-stardom via the big hype of the late 90s to the remarkably sophisticated matter of course that defines their current career. One of the reasons for this may be the way the members of the collective split qualities as well as responsibilities. Stefan Leisering and Axel Reinemer not only run the studio, composing, arranging, recording, and mixing everything Jazzanova; since early 2009 they have also taken over the duties of directing and touring internationally with the nine-piece Jazzanova live-band. Alexander Barck, Claas Brieler, and Jürgen von Knoblauch broaden the music’s appeal as DJs, not only on tour through the best clubs and festivals around the world but also on their weekly radio-program and club-night, as well as with the hand-picked releases of their label Sonar Kollektiv. And after all these inquisitive, innovative and sonically rich years the five of them still plan every new project and prospect together – Jazzanova is still a collective.
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Jazzanova Discography


Jazzanova In Between (Album) Jazzanova Compost Records (JCR) US 2002 Sell This Version
Jazzanova Of All The Things (Album) Verve Records, Universal Music Group Japan 2008 Sell This Version
Jazzanova With Band And Paul Randolph Jazzanova With Band And Paul Randolph - Funkhaus Studio Sessions (Album) Sonar Kollektiv Germany 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Jazzanova Jazzanova EP (EP) Jazzanova Compost Records (JCR) Germany 1997 Sell This Version
Jazzanova Jazzanova EP 2 (EP) Jazzanova Compost Records (JCR) Germany 1998 Sell This Version
UR12 039 Jazzanova Vs. Har-You Percussion Group* / Carl Craig Vs. Johnny Blas Jazzanova Vs. Har-You Percussion Group* / Carl Craig Vs. Johnny Blas - The New Latinaires #3(12", Ltd) Ubiquity UR12 039 US 1999 Sell This Version
Jazzanova / Beatless Jazzanova / Beatless - The New Latinaires #2 Ubiquity US 1998 Sell This Version
PAN 99002 Liquid Lounge vs. Jazzanova Liquid Lounge vs. Jazzanova - Liquid Lounge vs. Jazzanova(12") Pantongue PAN 99002 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
BOM1201 Soul Bossa Trio vs. Jazzanova Soul Bossa Trio vs. Jazzanova - Words Of Love (Re-Loved By Jazzanova)(12") Bomba Recordings BOM1201 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
Jazzanova That Night / Days To Come Jazzanova Compost Records (JCR) Germany 2001 Sell This Version
Jazzanova Reworks From Japan Jazzanova Compost Records (JCR) Germany 2001 Sell This Version
JCR 027-2 Jazzanova No Use(CD, Maxi) Jazzanova Compost Records (JCR) JCR 027-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
Jazzanova Soon (Maxi) Jazzanova Compost Records (JCR) Germany 2002 Sell This Version
Jazzanova Another New Day / L.O.V.E. And You & I (Single) Ropeadope Records US 2002 Sell This Version
AICP 256 Jazzanova In Between EP(CD, EP) SMEJ Associated Records AICP 256 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
PRCD 300945 Jazzanova Remix EP(CD, EP, Promo) Ropeadope Records, Jazzanova Compost Records (JCR) PRCD 300945 US 2002 Sell This Version
Jazzanova Atjazzanovâme Sonar Kollektiv Germany 2004 Sell This Version
WWEXCL2 Jazzanova / Outlines Jazzanova / Outlines - Gilles Peterson Worldwide Exclusives 2(10", Promo) Talkin' Loud WWEXCL2 UK 2004 Sell This Version
SK032 Jazzanova Let Your Heart Be Free(12") Sonar Kollektiv SK032 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
SK087PROMO J-Nova* Hey Baby!(12", S/Sided, Ltd, Promo) Sonar Kollektiv SK087PROMO Germany 2005 Sell This Version
SK092EP Jazzanova ...Broad Casting(12") Sonar Kollektiv SK092EP Germany 2006 Sell This Version
SK094 Jazzanova Boom Clicky Boom Klack(12") Sonar Kollektiv SK094 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
SK125 Jazzanova Feat. Thief Jazzanova Feat. Thief - The Sirens' Call(7", S/Sided) Sonar Kollektiv SK125 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
Jazzanova Let Me Show Ya (Single) Verve Records Germany 2008 Sell This Version
Jazzanova Feat. Ben Westbeech Jazzanova Feat. Ben Westbeech - I Can See (Single) Verve Records Germany 2008 Sell This Version

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August 30, 2006
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Jazzanova (and their label Sonar Kollektiv) is the common denominator of what beats and sounds and sophisticates. How they, just as an example, turn an acapalla like 'song of will' into a symphony of nu-jazz (what's in a name?) is unbelievable. But, just believe it: from old germany jazz to happy fat freddy's drop, there is no way to escape quality unless you want to run away from Jazzanova.


December 23, 2003
Where must one start? Jazzanova are, undoubtedly, one of the most important dance/electronic projects of the last ten years, tagging, like no others before, the so-much dreaded "nu-jazz" tag. They, along with record label Compost (for which they record and own their own sub-imprint, Jazzanova Compost Records, or JCR), set the template for most of the black music rooted dance/electronica that has been being made in the past couple of years. They were also one of the first ptojects to bring some world music awareness to dance music, bringing in elements of Latin and African music and, in the process, showing that dance music itself is something that almost exists since the dawn of times. But, in truth, Jazzanova are a very eclectic bunch, and they are as capable of making Latin-influenced jams, as well as very electronic-sounding 4/4 house joints. All in all, Jazzanova prove that knowing your music (and especially, knowing it in very different styles) can be important by the time you create your own thing.
And, of course, let's not forget that Jazzanova, along with Kruder & Dorfmeister, also brought the art of remixing to a new and refreshing stage. In many cases, their remixes are so much that as almost new creations in themselves, sometimes completely turning the original tunes upside down. In some cases, that approach can even turn what was originally dull and turn it into a dancefloor stomper or a great chill-out vibe.
In short: Jazzanova is an essential name for anyone who likes music. Any kind of music, really.

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