Let Me Get that Digital

HIGHLIFE

Let Me Get that Digital

SMR-003 CD

March 2010

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  • Jason Ajemian & the HighLife: "vibrates"

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Ajemian's poems serve as signposts; the scores, created in the architectural drafting program AutoCAD, guide the musicians through musical hallways to unexpected locales. His blueprints dictate the flow and direction of the set, opening the performers up to visual and descriptive influences, leading them through a unique musical landscape of American folk forms, Native American chants, Canadian sea shanties, jazz expressive motion and balladry. The end result is this album, fearless and thoughtful, with free improvisations that follow a unique dreamlike logic.


Press for Let Me Get that Digital:

Much like the phenomenal works of Sebastian Rochford in Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear or the hardcore Italian mentalists Zu, Jason Ajemian and The Highlife have managed to take traditional jazz instruments out of context to produce something fascinating and truly original on Let Me Get That Digital. They have an acute knowledge of not only when to hold back the fireworks, but also when to launch them, and they will be consistently thrilling because of this.

—Gordon Bruce, Tiny Mix Tapes

I haven't written much about their music—in part because a gig I caught in January mostly confused the hell out of me. Now that I've had a bit more time to grapple with their recent debut album, Let Me Get That Digital(Sundmagi), I'm ready to try again.

—Peter Margasak, Post No Bills: Chicago Reader

The parts are (almost all) related to one another without interruption,
so that even the short fragments are dissolved in being part of a single
scintillating suite that we can define 'cosmic jazzfunk' but only for
lack of more suitable terms. (7 / 8) 

——Stephen I. Bianchi, Blow Up Magazine