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by Kenosha Kid

Genre-bending jazz featuring soundtracks for silent films with guitar, mandolin, accordion, trombone, bass, and drums.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Orphan Theme
3:15 $0.99
2. Emerald
6:46 $0.99
3. Modern Times
5:01 $0.99
4. Country Doctor
2:01 $0.99
5. Tom & Jerry
2:40 $0.99
6. Night
1:19 $0.99
7. Orphan Theme (Slight Return)
2:10 $0.99
8. At Home
1:51 $0.99
9. On The Road
2:19 $0.99
10. Sold
4:20 $0.99
11. Midnight's Children
0:34 $0.99
12. Waltz For The End Of Time
4:10 $0.99
13. Sojourner
7:35 $0.99
14. Vanishing Point
7:27 $0.99
15. Thin Air
5:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
"The most obvious feature these tracks have in common is that they are all very finely constructed. The arrangements provide a seamless mix of the written and the improvised, and Nettles can easily be regarded as a very good jazz composer within his self-constructed genre. The music flows and never stands still, both within and between tracks, giving the listener something new and unexpected every other moment." Budd Kopman, All About Jazz (Read the whole review here:

Kenosha Kid is an international jazz collective formed by composer/guitarist Dan Nettles. Based in the college-rock haven of Athens, Georgia, Nettles leads several incarnations of the band and has performed this music in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. Frequently the performances have been multimedia events which included silent films, dancers, or writers. This debut recording showcases his hometown ensemble as they delve into music that has been performed around the world.

Projector features unlikely instrumentation: accordion, trombone, mandolin, electric guitar, acoustic bass, and drums. Though most likely categorized as a jazz record, Projector sounds more like a well-crafted indie-rock gem. Careful attention is paid to the compositions, the overall band sound, and musical textures rather than long-winded soloing.

Although originally conceived to accompany silent films by Ladislaw Starewicz and Charlie Chaplin, here the music has been re-arranged into sections -- "The Kid Suite", "The Mascot Suite", and "The Hits" - each telling their own story with no visuals necessary. Compare the sentimental sounds of "Orphan Theme" to the punk-klezmer of "Tom & Jerry" to the ambient "Sojourner," and you'll find the recording creates a musical storyline that is well beyond simple background music.

It's a strange, introspective world Kenosha Kid allows you to enter as you listen, a fantastic environment that swerves between the tragic and the comic. With each listen, you can sense love and fighting, movement and rest. As you emerge from the music, you may see that Projector has flashed its own unique, movie-length vision before your very ears---a vision that crosses easily between musical eras, genres, and international borders.



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Brian Prunka

Hooray for Kenosha Kids
Great cinematic music from the Kenosha Kids. You'll get this album if you know what's good for you.

Bruce Triggs

Really nice, alt-jazz, like Bill Frissell in a good good way.
This is a good indy-jazz record (non-traditional jazz? What do we call it?) Rich, great playing. If you like Bill Frisell, this is good like that, and if you don't, what's wrong? The accordion's touches add the richness of Frisell's playing with Guy Klucevsek (but not many people are gonna know how cool this makes it). I'll play this on my community radio show and people will call up to ask where they can get a copy. Pretty darn good.