Trumpeter Goran Kajfes lives two different lives, one as a creator of music from that golden axis of ’60s world jazz and ’70s soul jazz, and the second as a modern soundscaper a la Brian Eno. The “X” portion of this album will take you back to a time of joyous music that embraces avant-garde boisterousness in the same hug as an orchestra of disparate regional influences. The “Y” portion is all about the warm fuzz of synthesizers and plaintive cry of distant trumpet. Somehow, it all works together.
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