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Friday, Dec 18 2015 | 03:40
Image: 1600049 Agogo Records present Raw And Cooked a reissue of the debut album from Hidden Jazz Quartett.

DLP Tracklisting :
A1. High Heels feat. Omar
A2. His Footlocker
A3. Tap On The Backdoor feat. Greg Blackman
B1. Kimberley Hotel feat. Anthony Joseph
B2. Soulosophy feat. Bajka
B3. Wälzer
C1. Luvlite feat. Bajka
C2. Nardis
C3. Lush Life feat. Tim Hollingsworth
D1. High Heels feat. Omar (Lack Of Afro Remix)
D2. Luvlite feat. Bajka (Jon Kennedy Remix)
D3. Luvlite (Instrumental Version)

CD Tracklisting :
01. Luvlite feat. Bajka
02. High Heels feat. Omar
03. His Footlocker
04. Tap On The Backdoor feat. Greg Blackman
05. Soulosophy feat. Bajka
06. Kimberley Hotel feat. Anthony Joseph
07. Wälzer
08. Nardis
09. Lush Life feat. Tim Hollingsworth
10. Luvlite (Instrumental Version)
11. Luvlite feat. Bajka (Jon Kennedy Remix)
12. High Heels feat. Omar (Lack Of Afro Remix)

The debut album by the Hidden Jazz Quartett is bringing on something special. „Coming
with a strong flow, and continue to grow,“ Gang Starr said in „Jazz Thing“, and that’s
exactly what „Raw & Cooked“ is about. Here we have it: A group of fantastic players, a
strong idea of what the music should sound like and a sense of togetherness. „Raw &
Cooked“ is past, present and future combined.
„The idea of the Hidden Jazz Quartett came naturally,“ Ralf Zitzmann, mastermind of
production behind the eclectic sounds of the Hidden Jazz Quartett as well as head of
Agogo Records plus one of the most respected elder statesmen of the German club scene
says. „One night, while our Calamari Moon club in Hannover was cooking and the DJs were
spinning spicy jazz sounds I thought: It sounds so fresh and vibrant like there’s a jazz
quartet hidden somewhere behind the curtain!“ Said and done, Zitzmann took the phone
and rang Stephan Abel (Saxophones), Lutz "Hammond" Krajenski (Hammond, Keys),
Matthias "Maze" Meusel (drums) and Olaf Casimir (bass), all well travelled as well as well
known jazz musicians around the country and the Hidden Jazz Quartett was born. In comes
producer Christian Decker (Fury In The Slaughterhouse), a man with the necessary skills
and ears to create a boombastic jazz style.
„Raw & Cooked“ kicks off with the seductive „Luvlite“, a smooth modern R&B-meets-soul
tune enlightened by the voice of Bajka (Radio Citizen, Bonobo, Dalindeo). UK modern soul
legend Omar then digs deep with the ultra-cool „High Heels“, which has been out as a HJQ
vinyl 7inch release in 2012 and is sold out long since. After that it is time for the quartet to
swing. „The Footlocker“ is pure Camden Dingwalls Acid Jazz joy, like 1988 never
„Tap On The Backdoor“ sees Greg Blackman (Featurecast, Renegades Of Jazz) get on the
good foot with a straightforward soul mover before Bajka takes it back to nitty gritty with
„Soulsophy“. Enter Anthony Joseph, born in Trinidad and one of the major Afro-meets-
Poetry voices of our time. „Kimberley Hotel“ is a kind of Last Poets vs. Hustler’s Convention
excursion translated for our times. HJQ offer a well crafted, late Sixties, early Seventies
Blaxploitation sound before they go ‘Masterblaster’ jammin’ in “Nardis” and very European
in the mystical instrumental „Wälzer“, which actually was their first release in 2010 on a
limited edition 10“ vinyl.
Rounding up „Raw & Cooked“ is Tim Hollingsworth with an almost spoken word late night
jazz standard called „Lush Life“. This could well be the theme tune for the Hidden Jazz
Quartett, exemplified by the bonus versions of „Luvlite“ („Instrumental“ and the Jon
Kennedy remix). Lets not forget the Lack Of Afro version of „High Heels“, who delivers
electric Boogaloo fun galore. “This album is a like a dream come true,” Ralf Zitzmann
smiles. “With ‘Raw & Cooked’ nothing has been rushed. It is like with a good meal and a
great wine. You have to let things loose and have them find their own way.”
There is all you need in “Raw & Cooked”: expert musicianship, an honest message of
peace & love and a great spirit. Get on down with the Hidden Jazz Quartett.

The Band:
Stephan Abel – saxophones
Olaf Casimir – bass
Lutz Krajenski – hammond & keys
Maze Meusel – drums
Ulle Rode – guitar
Christian Decker – production
Ralf Zitzmann - production

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