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Ben Rosenblum and Nebula Project 'Kites and Strings' is a joyous sensory overload / London JazzNews

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The Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project brings together an atypical group of musicians for an eclectic range of music on Kites and Strings: a magpie collection of excellently executed pieces stretching from 1800s classical to neo-classical jazz, via Venezuelan merengue, klezmer and good old rock.

Opening track Cedar Place sets the scene with switching lines and fast-changing tempos. There are moments of Big Band excitement bookended with a more contemporary Jazz Messengers feel. The intermittent propulsive bass line pushes through, whether from Rosenblum's piano, Marty Jaffe's bass, or hints of the until-now mythical driving bass clarinet.

It is a joyous sensory overload, mixing tidy, focused trumpet improvisation from Wayne Tucker and clean tenor lines from Jasper Dutz with the anachronistic accordion tone which quickly transports us somewhere significantly more rustic and Baltic than the swinging neo-bop we just left.

This isn't a debut release for Rosenblum as a band leader, but it is a first for the Nebula Project. While the group may have drawn musicians in from many different sub-scenes to play together on an equally diverse set of pieces, Kites and Strings is anything but a nebulous thing; it is a pot-luck of pieces, but each is well thought out and presented as a shiny, finished artefact.

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