Jaggery — For the Record – Live
by Jon Davis
Boston’s Jaggery have developed a sound that is wholly unique, and it’s only partly due to their unusual instrumentation: piano (usually acoustic), bass (often acoustic), drums, viola, and harp, along with female lead and backing vocals. Their studio releases have presented the intense vision of Singer Mali, with her powerful, acrobatic voice, evocative turns of phrase in lyrics, and imaginative flair for arrangement, along with the considerable talents of her cohorts. For the Record presents them at their best, in an intimate live performance, recorded supremely well. The set includes some of the best tracks from their back catalog along with new tunes. “O Scorpio” and “Come” from Polyhymnia (2006), along with “7 Stone” and “Javelin” from In Lethe (2004) are examples of the former; “Icy” and “Walls Are Windows” are outstanding songs that haven’t appeared on a studio recording to date. Throughout, it is Mali’s voice that rivets the listener’s attention with its extensive range and dead-on pitch, expressive in ways that few singers can pull off. For those new to the world of Jaggery, this is an excellent introduction; for the initiated, it’s a sweet treat and proof positive that the band is a formidable presence live.
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by Dick Metcalf
. . . Next up was a band from Boston that’s on an extended (30 day) tour of the country that they call their For The Record Tour… Jaggery had played Seattle before, though I was still in Hawaii when they were here last. The lead for this group is fronted by a truly dynamic vocalist, Singer Mali . . . and when I say that, it is with all the respect one might imagine… the music they play keeps the “prog” in mind, but is more attuned to that “prog-opera” I mentioned earlier in this piece… though I’m not intimately familiar with all the terms proggers use to describe their music, the lead-off piece sounded (to me) like “wicked chamber dirge” – some of the most impressive and powerful high-range vocal work I’ve heard in years. Let that not detract from the rest of the group, though… each and every piece & player fully understands the story they are telling – and they don’t get “in the way of each other”. A very powerful set.
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Jaggery’s Dark Avant-Pop:
‘I Don’t Feel Like What I’m Doing Is Sinister’
by Amelia Mason
photo: Matt Samolis
Sometimes, during a performance with her band Jaggery, Singer Mali (aka Mali Sastri) will emerge from behind her black-lace-draped keyboard and creep into the crowd. Clad in a floor-length white gown—or a flowing black garment, depending on the day—she lurches and spits, tossing her long, inky hair and gesticulating with fluid abandon. As the band vamps, she slides effortlessly through several octaves, sneering in the lower registers and shrieking with startling precision in the upper. A combination of seductiveness and menace, she resembles something otherworldly, like a spirit called back from the afterlife, though perhaps one none too happy to be here.
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To say Jaggery is unconventional is an exercise in understatement. The band, which that night comprised singer Mali on vocals and keyboard, [Dylan Jack] on percussion, Tony Leva on upright bass and Rachel Jayson on viola — creates an enormously thick tapestry of music that is at varying points both comfortable and hauntingly familiar, and alien and jarring.
Tucked behind her keyboard at center stage as she is, it’s arresting how much presence the thin-framed vocalist can muster. Her voice is enormous, a howl that’s textured and melismatic, words and syllables rattled through a run of notes, giving the band’s songs an incantatory feel.
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