The name Jazz Folk is not meant to be a description of their music, it’s not a mixture of jazz with folk. Instead, the Folk in question are the members of the group and the fans who love their music. Peter Scherr (bass), Simon Barker (drums), and Matt McMahon (piano) take on a journey that brings some of their favorite songs into the jazz realm, including three tracks by Beck (“Tropicalian Shadows”, “Cold Brains”, and “Nobody’s Fault But My Own”), two tracks by Lou Reed (“Pale Blue Eyes” and Velvet Underground‘s “”All Tomorrow’s Parties”), and a number of songs that you may end up preferring in the hands of Jazz Folk. Jazz In The Stone Age (1 Hr. Music) may, at least through the album cover artwork and graphics, make people believe it’s music that is meant to represent what jazz may have been like in prehistoric times, but perhaps if you read between the lines, maybe the Stone Age in question is modern times, and what they’re creating is hopefully a sound archive of what future jazz researchers will be hearing to describe us, the people of pre- end times. Some of the music sounds like lounge jazz, what you’d hear in a dusty and smoky nightclub at 3am as the janitor picks up prostitute remnants, but other times it’s just a coolness that comes from simply listening to a music that just feels and sounds right.
This may be Jazz In The Stone Age, but what an age to be alive.