What’s Japanese for “everything but the kitchen sink”? Pioneers of “death jazz”, the all-or-nothing Tokyo club band are trying to redefine the relationship between jazz musicians and their audience. Sometimes, to be frank, they resort too readily to chucking hand grenades. At its best, though, the music is a funk-based reworking of the soul-jazz ethic: Pop Korn echoes Lee Morgan’s Blue Note classic The Sidewinder. Jamie Cullum adds spirited guest vocals to Stolen Moments and the band work themselves into a frenzy on Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag. The volume is turned up to 11 at live shows; if you are of a sensitive disposition, listening to a disc offers a sensible compromise.
Brownswood BWOOD044CD, Four Stars