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Jaga Jazzist Live at RSJ Live Nites - December 5, Zorba


Jaga Jazzist Live at RSJ Live Nites - December 5, Zorba

Delhi's Soul'd Out kicked off the latest edition of RSJ Live Nites, at the beautiful Zorba.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> Their prodigious saxophonist had an injured foot so he had to sit through the performance. That didn't have any impact on the band's energy levels though.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> The bass player was playing a six-string bass, developing a nice drum 'n' bass interplay through their set.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> There were some thrilling flourishes on the saxophone, as the guitars and saxophone guided the melodic arrangements of their songs forward.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> Soul'd Out did an admirable job warming up the crowd on this chilly December evening out in the open, setting the stage for Jaga Jazzist to play.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> The nine-piece ensemble took to the stage like they belonged there - instantly transporting the crowd to an almost otherworldly realm.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> The stage was huge, you know, to accomodate all the band members and their myriad instruments. They sounded even bigger.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> The ethereal, floating clacks of the glockenspiel added a whole new dimension to the sound of Jaga Jazzist.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> 'One-Armed Bandit', one of the most recognizable songs by Jaga Jazzist thanks to that mesmerizing introduction, was one of the highlights on the night, building up several moods and emotions through its course.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> Check out our review of the gig here.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> Line Horntveth on the tuba.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> There was a mini-crisis at hand before the gig, as the airlines forgot to send a couple of their guitars to India from Istanbul on the flight. So last minute arrangements had to be made.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> None of it showed for even an instant on stage though. The band seemed to be in perfect harmony.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> Mathias Eick on the upright bass. He also plays the keys, the trumpet, and the French Horn in the band.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> The band had this impeccable knack of shifting moods through subtle changes to the music, developing vast passages of sound building up to captivating crescendos.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> Each sound, each beat, each note was carefully thought out and orchestrated - it had a meaning and a purpose.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span> They even played a new song called 'New Delhi Skyline'. Their set may have been almost two hours long, but the crowd could have sat there all night - that's how moving and powerful Jaga Jazzist were at RSJ Live Nites at Zorba, on December 5.<br/><span class='courtesyName'> Photo Courtesy - Vijay Kate  </span>
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