Uncut - 8/03, p.1103 stars out of 5
- "...[A] cool instrumental record packed with taut grooves, jazzy instrumentation and aquatic vibes..."
9 Lazy 9: James Bradell aka Giacomo Bradellini, Keir Fraserello.
Additional personnel: Mishael Levron (guitar); Manu Bandettini (flute); Adriano Tirelli (bassoon); Gianluca Petrella (trombone).
Personnel: Mishael Levron (guitar); Man— Bandettin (flute); Adriano Tirelli (bassoon); Gianluca Petrella (trombone, keyboards); Mitchell Feldman (keyboards).
Arranger: 9 Lazy 9.
Keir Fraser and James Braddell return once again to their 9 Lazy 9 moniker after a three-year absence. Sweet Jones is the group's best yet, on par with the high standards of Braddell's Funki Porcini records as of late. Like Funki Porcini, 9 Lazy 9 make relaxation records for the spaced-out adding a breezy Mediterranean feel comparable to Atom Heart's dope and pina colada excursions. Electronic horns and xylophones rub against a handful of guest musicians on bassoon, flute and acoustic guitar. It's all put together with just a bit of a smirk, but Fraser and Braddell seem to favor lounge music enough not to parody it. The only thing to quibble about is "Grazing Maize": its melody and structure warrant much more than the one sole minute it's given. Otherwise it's a gratifying listen start to finish and probably the classiest album Ninja Tunehave ever released. Despite what Fatboy Slim thinks, the weekend starts here. ~ David Jeffries