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Background: The aptly-named Cinematic Orchestra (TCO) were formed by J. Swinscoe back in 1999. At the time Jay was still an employee at Ninja Tune in South London, where he was responsible for export sales at the long-standing independent record label. Swinscoe arrived at London Bridge from Scotland via Yorkshire and Cardiff with a background playing bass and guitar in bands and DJing, as well ... Read more in Amazon's Cinematic Orchestra Store

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  • Audio CD (May 28, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B000066HFU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All That You Give (feat. Fontella Bass)
2. Burn Out
3. Flite
4. Evolution (feat. Fontella Bass)
5. Man With The Movie Camera
6. All Things To All Men (feat. Roots Manuva)
7. Everyday

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Third record on the Ninja Tune label featuring the vocals from the legendary Fontella Bass and a spoken word performance from Roots Manuva. Across 7 sweeping, dramatic tracks, the group takes you through classic soul, jazz, choral pieces, minimalism and m

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An old music-press adage claims that second albums are notoriously "difficult." If this were true, then Every Day should be one big disappointment. The fact that it's arguably one of 2002's finest jazz albums (yes, jazz--as in real, old-fashioned, clarinets-and-trumpets jazz) proves how talented Jason Swinscoe's Cinematic Orchestra are. Following up their impeccable debut, Motion, was going to be tough, but they've surpassed themselves here. While the former was a fusion of sample-culture smoky, backroom jazz, Every Day is jazz pure and simple--old jazz for the nu-jazz generation. "Man with the Movie Camera," "Burnout," and "Flite" are near-perfect soundtrack jazz pieces: epic, shuffling, ever shifting. "All That You Give" and "Evolution" highlight the enchanting vocals of legendary soul singer Fontella Bass. Best of all, though, is the Roots Manuva collaboration "All Things to All Men"--proof that jazz and rap aren't as strange bedfellows as some may think. It's spellbinding stuff and sure to be one of 2002's finer albums. --Matt Anniss

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I'll have to buy their other CD's, because I really enjoy this one.
J. Kasperson
It was a fantastic introduction to a group that plays such an interesting style, and can pull you through a range of emotions.
Jamie Kruspel
Add an understated electric piano and muted, haunting horns and you have what might be the best track on the CD.
Arthur

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Shihab on June 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Cinematic Orchestra's "Everyday" is a journey into soul and jazz of the 'cinematic' variety. Often, the music is dark and conspiratorial. Previous output by this band has verged on abstract and moody -- for those dark thriller-type films.
However, three tracks on this album feature the deep, soulful vocals of Fontella Bass and one track: "All Things to all Men", features rapper Roots Manuva. That leaves only three tracks without vocals. So, it is not too abstract this time; the 'cinematic sweeps' are more restrained. Necessarily, because of the human vocals, there is a slightly more tangible emotional connection. Fontella Bass's voice imparts a certain rugged majesty to things.
It is not that she sings -- really. Her voice and words are there for mood and atmosphere purposes. The framework is jazz, abstract, and voyeuristic. But less so of the latter than before. This perhaps can be a selling point. Hopefully more people will come on board the ship!
This album is certainly a Cinematic Orchestra one, you know it very soon after you start listening; fans will not be disappointed. The trademark things are here: the long build-up intros, the sweeping horns, the introspection, the long tracks. This time though, there is much improved rhythm. One track in particular: "Flite", is just a great, fast, driven piece with excellent contribution from the drums, perhaps my favourite on the CD.
If there is a sound that may well be the signature tune of the Cinematic Orchestra it is the one that appears in about the third minute of "The Man with the Movie Camera". We've heard it before on the previous "Motion" album but here it is reworked and presented again, with a lot more drums and rhythm and, therefore, arouses feeling of gusto and purpose.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Kruspel on April 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Prior to my acquisition of this album, I had no idea as to who this group was. I was just starting to branch out with my musical tastes from 90's alternative rock, and the only jazz I knew of was Pat Metheny.
I was standing in a record store killing time before my bus came to take me home, and the "Man with the Movie Camera" track was playing. I was frozen in the aisle; I must have looked like a fool, but I could have cared less. I was engrossed in the music. After it was over I immediately found the only remaining copy in the store (after asking the clerk as to who they were), and I ended up missing my bus.
It was a fantastic introduction to a group that plays such an interesting style, and can pull you through a range of emotions. I now have all the albums they have produced, and I am looking to more artists on the Ninja Tunes label.
It is hard to find news on this group, but I cannot wait for their next release.
I would not call what they play "jazz", as I am loathe to pigeon-hole music into genres. It seems to me that after "pop", "hip-hop", "country", and any other Top-40 genre, jazz is what is left over. This does not give credit to the artists that can create such cool and innovative music.
Recommendation: Buy this album, pour a drink, turn it up and relax.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur on January 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I finally found a record that made me stop complaining about the current state of jazz. London's Cinematic Orchestra has made a record that will satisfy both the jazz purist and the jazz experimentalist. Their 2002 release Every Day is rooted in straight-ahead jazz, yet meanders to the side of the road just enough to engage your sense of adventure. This record combines elements of classical and r&b to lull you into thinking its a different kind of record -- and then bam--the music segues into full fledged, unmistakable jazz.
The first cut, All That you Give, is a R&B number with interesting instrumentation, which includes an original use of a harp to keep rhythm and is also used as a lead instrument during the solos. It doesn't begin to hint at the rest of the record. The second track, Burn Out, starts of with a modern classical intro, think Craig Armstrong or Tubular Bells, then transitions effortlessly into a smooth, organic jazz track reminiscent of a late 60's Pharaoh Sanders cut. Add an understated electric piano and muted, haunting horns and you have what might be the best track on the CD.
The third and fourth tracks, Flite and Evolution, respectively use the same modern classical intro motif but the similarity ends there. Flite is a 70s-ish fusion journey that sort of reminds me of Brand X, while Evolution is an emotive jazz-funk record featuring the vocals of Fontella Bass (she is also featured on track 1).
Man with the Movie Camera starts with a cello, woodwind, and triangle intro borrowed from the Mission Impossible theme, then segues into a searing alto sax solo that merges with a funky percussion rhythm section before eventually giving way to fusion-like second movement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. G. on June 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I find myself in complete agreement with Gilles Peterson's liner notes on this album: "I have been waiting for this record for the longest time..." So had I, for that matter. This is one of those rare albums that - even with all that may be going wrong in the world or even with your life - takes you by surprise and makes you realize that there is plenty of beauty and serenity to be found. 'Everyday' manages to evoke so many different emotions at once, it's almost overload at times. Take 'Evolution', for instance. Even with minimal lyrics, the way in which Fontella Bass manages to go from a quiet murmur to a primal cry of "Evolution!" really just makes you sit back in awe. I wish she had lent her voice to a few more tracks, but I'm not complaining with the work she has done here. Her performance on 'All That You Give' fares just as well. Roots Manuva makes a rather sublime appearance on the epic 'All Things To All Men', which has one of the most stirring openings I've heard in a long time. And then there are the instrumental tracks...especially 'Flite' and 'Man With the Movie Camera'. The musicianship displayed on these songs is nothing short of astounding. There is absolutely no filler on this album; 7 (long) songs, one for each day of the week (if you go by the band's website theme). If you can find it, pick up the Japanese version of this CD, which has two additional songs on it ('Oregon' and 'Semblance'), both equally as gorgeous as anything else on the album. I'm not sure why they were dropped; it may have had something to do with the "7 songs, 7 days" thing. Almost makes me wish there were 9 days in a week! 'Everyday' is quite an achievement, especially for a sophomore album. Without question, album of the year. 5 stars just aren't enough...
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