On her latest full-length album Ulaan on Squama Recordings, Enji continues her seemingly exponential growth as she steps into a bandleader position, bringing together an international quintet featuring her original trio along with two renowned Brazilian musicians: jazz drummer Mariá Portugal and experimental clarinet player Joana Queiroz. The sound of the group is both otherworldly and familiar. Mongolian folk melodies meet subtle Latin rhythms. Virtuosic clarinet weaves through delicate beds of jazz harmony. Khalkha spoken word dances over bowed string bass. With no exaggeration, the music is quite unlike anything we’ve heard before and seems to be exploring uncharted territory — a sort of borderless contemporary jazz with deep roots in traditional music.
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Tags: Bossa / Now Sound