What does it sound like?:
This is a cd and dvd set capturing live performances from Steve Hackett with Hungarian outfit Djabe. It’s actually more of a Djabe show featuring Steve Hackett rather than vice versa but is none the worse for that.
I hadn’t come across Djabe before, but they are a five piece jazz/rock band who also, unsurprisingly, incorporate the influence of East European folk music into their eclectic sound.
The bulk of the material was recorded over two shows in 2011 and 2012, although the bonus material on the dvd includes a couple of extras filmed more recently.
The song selection is a mixture of Djabe’s own work, Hackett solo pieces such as Ace Of Wands and The Steppes, and a few Genesis favourites, eg Los Endos, In That Quiet Earth, Firth Of Fifth.
The dvd offers a longer version of what’s on the cd, including Hackett’s acoustic set and Djabe’s title track, as well as a very watchable and interesting documentary.
The sound quality and filming are both very good indeed, and the package is great value with a 79 minute cd and a dvd running just over two hours..
What does it all *mean*?
It’s interesting to hear Hackett being stretched musically by playing with a group of musicians who are perhaps outside his normal comfort zone, although they actually began collaborating back in 2007, and to hear new interpretations of familiar songs. Djabe’s own compositions are also well woth a listen if you’re not familiar with them.
Goes well with…
Other Hackett, Genesis eic
Might suit people who like…
Prog, jazz/rock, improvisation, something a bit different.