Written by Lauren Rosier
The Phoenix, AZ-based modern jazz composer, Jeff Novotny, and his ambitious/experimental project, Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT, returns with a brand new, sprawling track, “Cygnus X-1.”
“Cygnus X-1” is a 15-minute adventure through an intricate web of sounds, tonalities, and various instruments used to create a piece of art that is impeccable. Fans of Mr. Bungle, Animals As Leaders, King Crimson, and Frank Zappa, should enjoy.
Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT performs “high-concept jazz fusion” which boldly mixing styles such as rock, metal, ska, and world music, with purer examples of jazz, bebop, and swing.
Novotny on “Cygnus X-1”:
“A bit about this piece: believe it or not, it started as a recomposition of RHCP’s “Breaking the Girl,” though the only trace of this still extant is the guitar part over the pedal tone at the beginning. Some use is made of microtonality, especially in the synthesizer parts.
The overall theme could be described as creepy radio transmissions (and other sounds) in space, so sound effects play a large role in the piece. Some of these sounds are actual radio transmissions; others were created from the ground up. The title refers to the name of the black hole thought to be at the center of the galaxy. Bet you can’t predict how it’s going to end!”
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