Cobblestone Jazz – The Modern Deep Left Quartet

January 01, 1970


Judging by their name, Canadian quartet Cobblestone Jazz would have you think
you’re in for an improvisational, free-spirited musical experience. The group’s
new album, The Modern Deep Left Quartet,
however, is a soulful but meticulously planned out mixtape-style excursion into
deep house and techno. It’s not exactly jazz, but the group does manage to
infuse a sometimes-austere genre with a great deal of heart and warmth.


Occasionally, the album does come close to the realm of acid
jazz, or at least flirts with lithe, jazzy licks (see “Sun Child”). But it’s
the darker moments that really shine through, such as the fast-paced descending
bassline of “Mr. Polite.” Similarly, “Cromagnon Man” veers away from the
blissed-out smoothness of much of the album into Krautrock territory, bringing
harsh, stabbing electro bass over a minimal 4/4 beat. “Fiesta” is also a
standout track, another dark techno beat repetitively pulsating but never
falling into tedium.


Cobblestone Jazz toe the line between icy acid techno and
deep house, showcasing the best of both worlds in the process. It’s good to
hear some talented producers infusing life into a genre that so easily goes stagnant.


Standout Tracks: “Fiesta,”


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