Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT is a promising progressive jazz project I discovered about a month ago with his latest single, “Cygnus X-1“, which was released on August 6, 2021. For those who haven’t heard about the artist before, Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT has started his career with a single called; “Decarboxylation“ in 2010. Since then, the artist has released fourteen more singles; “The Uninformed Security Guard“ (2013), “Whacked!“ (2013), “The Wrasse and the Swallow“ (2013), “Incontinental Breakfast“ (2014), “L’Epoisses“ (2016), “Harold Brown“ (2016), “A Caribbean Odyssey“ (2016), “Pleonasm“ (2017), “I Can’t Wait to Never Do That Again“ (2018), “Svratka / Svitava“ (2018), “No One is Flying the Plane“ (2019), “Captain Kangaroo vs. Sex Robots“ (2020), “Super Critical“ (2020), and “Cygnus X-1” (2021). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Today, I am talking about the music of an extremist, Jeff Novotny, and his latest piece, a space thriller, Cygnus X-1. First of all, I am not the right person who can define everything in such specific music. I have a strong connection with prog music, yet Jeff Novotny’s is work is simply beyond my imagination, which can also mean beyond my understanding.
When I listened to Cygnus X-1 for the first time, I sensed nostalgic vibes all along the way. The nostalgia here reminded me of scenes from old Star Trek movies. There are several reasons, yet I know one thing for sure that the music itself has an amazing association with Space, which was the main goal of Mr.Novotny. The dimension here is vast, can be explained with examples such as Space and Galaxy, so I can be precise with my details to my readers.
The second interesting here that supports my first reason, is the richness of details and harmony. Their nature is just like the rocks out in the galaxy, constantly on the move with their own weights. I am actively making music for over the last 20 years in my life and I can’t even picture in my head how can one write such music. This sentence means nothing else but only one thing, this is simply incredible. After listening to the entire composition, you feel like Jeff Novotny making music 100 years ahead of time. And that’s the closest definition there is.
The last thing is obviously the title of the song and the artwork. Mr.Novotny is influenced by the sound of the space, and he is bringing to the world a close example of it. And in a quite extraordinary way I’d say.