What does it sound like?:
It’s ten years since Steve Hackett began collaborating with Hungarian group Djabe. For those unfamiliar with them, their work is a mixture of jazz and prog, with a little of the sound of their native folk music thrown into the mix for good measure. Earlier this year they released a live set, but this cd/dvd package is their first studio joint effort.
A warning first – this is very much Djabe accompanied by Hackett, and not vice versa. Indeed, he mainly plays what is really a supporting role here, often restricting himself to playing acoustic guitar, with his trademark electric sound nowhere to be heard. Indeed on some tracks it’s hard to spot him at all. Nevertheless, on the songs where his contribution is more to the fore, it’s good to hear him playing something outside his normal prog comfort zone. Overall, this is a very moody, gentle album, with one track flowing effortlessly into the next, and the music being dominated by guitar and trumpet. I do just wonder if they made the best use of Hackett’s undoubted talents though. The accompanying DVD has a very good 5.1 mix of the album, together with some interesting documentary footage on the recording sessions in Sardinia. It closes with five songs recorded live in June, and Hackett is more to the forefront here, including as it does a cover of Genesis’ Fly On A Windshield and his own Please Don’t Touch.
What does it all *mean*?
A good set, certainly a promising debut studio wise, but I wonder if these undoubtedly talented musicians are best enjoyed in a live setting.
Goes well with…
Late night chilling.
Might suit people who like…
Jazz, prog, Hackett.