Matthew Herbert Big Band Goodbye Swingtime (Accidental/Fusion III) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
In a twisted way, the idea of electronic music upsetter Matthew Herbert releasing a big-band jazz album seems perfectly logical. Coming on the heels of Bodily Functions, Herbert's jazz-influenced collection of electronic torch songs, Goodbye Swingtime takes that idea to the next level. Featuring a 12-piece horn section, live vocalists and the sound of phone books being dropped, the record is a seamless set of delicate chamber jazz - live, acoustic and ambitiously arranged but also strongly influenced by electronic music. Herbert's clicks, whooshes and sampling of the band as they play adds a decidedly glitchy shine to the disc, but this isn't really a jazz record or an electronic set. Those with proprietary claims on either genre will feel uncomfortable listening to Goodbye Swingtime. That's a good thing.