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Jazzanova

Berlin's Jazzanova collective formed in 1995, after DJing with one another at a club called Delicious Doughnuts. Alexander Barck, Claas Brieler, Roskow Kretschmann, Stefan Leisering, Axel Reinemer, and Jürgen von Knoblauch shared a common goal of blending their collected inspirations together to create a new, sophisticated sound, with debts owed to nearly every form of dance-oriented music from the past several decades.

Like a lot of upstart producers and underexposed jazz-funk ghosts of the past, Jazzanova got their first major break from BBC disc jockey Gilles Peterson, who played the group's first production, "Fedime's Flight," on his program in 1997. This helped set off a series of remix projects for the likes of 4hero, Koop, Men from the Nile, and Ian Pooley, most of which would be compiled for the two-disc The Remixes 1997-2000. As the remixes and acclaim piled up, Barck, Brieler, and von Knoblauch were teaming together to make the Jazzanova name known for inspired DJ sets as well; Leisering and Reinemer teamed on the decks as Extended Spirit, and Kretschmann played out as Kosma.

The same year that "Fedime's Flight" broke out in the dance underground, Jazzanova teamed up with the Munich-based Compost label to form JCR (Jazzanova Compost Records). "Fedime's Flight" and "Caravelle" were the first two 12" releases, and both went down extremely well with DJs. In addition to functioning as the primary outlet for Jazzanova's own work, JCR released material from Koop, Victor Davies, the Underwolves, and Rima; looking to the past, the Polish Jazz and Vocal Jazz from Poland 1965-1975 compilations brought jazz from '60s and '70s Poland back into circulation.

In Between, Jazzanova's ambitious (to a fault) debut full-length, finally arrived in 2002. Allegedly the culmination of five years worth of work, the album sustained the group's reputation with tracks full of meticulous beatcraft. Remixed, released just a year later, featured remixes of In Between and 12" tracks from peers Kyoto Jazz Massive, Ayro, King Britt, and Bugz in the Attic. In 2005, the jazz label Blue Note gave the group access to their classic back catalog for the double-mix CD Blue Note Trip. Amidst scads of other mix albums, compilations, and Sonar Kollektiv product, their second full production album, Of All the Things, appeared in 2008. The remixes kept coming when Sonar Kollektiv commissioned a series of Jazzanova remixes to a slew of producers and DJs, resulting in two vinyl 12" EPs in the fall of 2011. They combined them for a full-length CD entitled Upside Down in January of 2012. Following a tour with a full live band, Jazzanova recruited Detroit vocalist Paul Randolph to document what had transpired, but in a studio setting. The end result was The Funkhaus Studio Sessions, which was released in the spring of 2012. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Love Love Love it!! So danceable... .
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I can dig it......
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dtwolip
Feelin it!
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Cool cats...
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my fav
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itbloch
I love it tooooo much
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jazzanova is the shiznit!
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Dwele is a good fit with Jazzanova
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This song sets the mood for lovers makin love or a midnight drive after hours in the city
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This song giving me life!
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Groovey
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I love this song :)
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forumtek
fantastic
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forumtek
fantastic
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I never heard of this group before til now...and I love'em...sm o o t h soulful sound.
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Sweet band. SBJ
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Please, Pandora. Make this incessant spamming cease! It's even infiltrating good music.
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gabe6292, you sir are an idiot
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gabe6292
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2days. Now you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Post this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come up on the screen. This is so scatter because it actually works. F6
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Smooth n funky just the wsy I like it!
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So smooth so much soul
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antmck
Still as smooth as the first time I heard
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Thinking music.......
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love
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= )
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mmthompson29
I love Jazzanova!!!
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I need to know when Jazzanova is coming to Los Angeles and perform and your new joint Upside Down has such a classic but new contemperary progressive feel to it. Please don't stop bringing us these good sounds of joy.
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Jazzanova is the best and will always be the BEST...Love their collaboratio n . . . t h e i r SoUnD is amazing!! I want to see them perform live!
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nice & mellow, i like
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Jazzanova gets my girlfriend's underpants wet
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Flying lotus Jazzanova and j dilla seem to be my kick right now
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My Pandora stays on Jazzanova - its the ONLY station I tune into.
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lavonnasulli v a n
Have come I never heard of thtem before? I love it!
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They Had me with "LOVE and you and I". Been on the jazzanova since
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damm
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Jazzanova is one of my favorite groups in the entire world. I love all of their music.
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I like it.
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smooth just need a glass of wine
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sirwatson84
dope.... but nobody tops J-Dilla nobody.
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check out "Dance the Dance" by Doug Hammond on the In Between album
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justnikki13
every cd this group drops is with a doubt, supreme soundscapes. America needs to grab ahold of a few producers from Germany to lay the realness down.
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Jazzanova without a doubt the best... it is good creative and soulful music. Music that you listen to and know takes time and talent to create. Love it and to bad mainstream radio sucks and does not play real music and artists.
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lala9999
I was lucky enough to have Jazzanova throughout junior high and high school, if it wasn't for the cool sounds as the soundtrack of my early life my tastes in music-and life wouldn't be as collectively eclectic as they are now. I love it and i know you will too. enjoy. ...173.
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my kind of up soul lifting
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al_galvis51
cool smooth music lounge type...
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earlwiggs10
OKAY FOLKS YOU GOTTA OWN ALL THEIR CD"s LIKE I DO.....ALSO I OWN EVERY CD ON THIS PAGE TOO!! ENJOY!!! PEACE....... E A R L ATL.....
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chill...
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Really loving this a lot.
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kippd2
Jazzanova rocks!
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real nice grooves, but sometimes its hit or miss w/ them...One min you are really chilling out then the next you are all over the place. I really like the 70's themed chillout tracks, they are really spacey and deep, like berlin (73)
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