The latest album, Sessions 2000, from the French master of the synthesizer – Jean-Michel Jarre - comes as a refreshing surprise. It is extraordinarily of our time, combining strong jazz lines with atmospheric, synth generated sound scapes.
This album, recorded for Disques Dreyfus, features acoustic instruments against a backdrop of large-scale ambient electronic sounds. From the opening track with it’s focus on a superb jazz bass solo, there are plenty of tracks which would sit comfortably amongst recent releases by musicians considerably younger than Jarre– think Njls Peter Molvaer, William Parker or Matthew Shipp.
Conceived as a chill out album, Sessions 2000 sets out to be a trip through the last year of the 20th Century. It is a well conceived album which carries through it’s theme of a ‘Carnet de Voyage’ to create a cohesive musical journey.
(p) & Š 2002 Disques Dreyfus Records