Hardly anything about the album Encounters hints at the fact that this is a Belgian production. The songs on ‘Encounters’ definitely sound a lot jazzier than the ones on their 2013 self-titled debut EP, tying in wonderfully with Sarah Devos’ sultry voice. We’ll gladly award ‘Encounters’ a spot in our top ten for 2015.
Jamaican Jazz Orchestra has always strived to find the ‘sweet spot’ between Jamaican traditions – such as reggae, rocksteady and ska- and jazz. With composer/guitarist Wouter Rosseel and the artist line up of exceptional jazz musicians, there is no doubt they have succeeded in doing so.