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The Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun

the Souljazz Orchestra Rising sun
The Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun
(CD/Download) Strut, 2010-02-16

The Souljazz Orchestra will be releasing its first all-acoustic afrojazz album, entitled Rising Sun, on Strut Records, a label experiencing a good amount of buzz with its recent releases from Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics, Grandmaster Flash, Tony Allen & Jimi Tenor, as well as with its slew of top-notch reissues of historical dance music from around the world. While the Souljazz Orchestra stays true to its roots in soul and afro rhythms, on this new release they take a much jazzier approach, creating spiritually-charged, improv-heavy big-band music reminiscent of Salah Ragab, Pharoah Sanders, or Sun Ra, albeit with a heavy-driving, dancefloor-conscious edge.

the Souljazz Orchestra Rising sun
The Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun
(CD/Download) Strut, 2010-02-16

Tracklisting :
01. Awakening
02. Agbara
03. Negus Negast
04. Lotus Flower
05. Mamaya
06. Serenity
07. Consecration
08. Rejoice, Pt. 1
09. Rejoice, Pt. 2

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Musicians :

The Souljazz Orchestra :
ZAKARI FRANTZ, alto saxophone, flute, alto flute, clarinet, vocals
STEVE PATTERSON, tenor saxophone, vocals
RAY MURRAY, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, vocals
PIERRE CHRÉTIEN, piano, vibraphone, marimba, harp, accordion, glass bottles, vocals
PHILIPPE LAFRENIÈRE, drums, congas, bongos, cuica, vocals
MARIELLE RIVARD, shekere, gankogui, claves, guiro, basket rattle, goat-hoof rattle, bamboo chime, tambourine, bells, flexatone, vocals

the Souljazz Orchestra

Press Release :
Since their creation in 2002 in Ottawa, Canada, The Souljazz Orchestra have become one of the most potent bands in their field. Drawing on the rough, raw grooves of the ‘60s and ‘70s and effortlessly fusing soul, jazz, Afro and latin rhythms within their music, they have moved forward the blueprint of Fela, Fania and the funk in entirely new ways, whilst keeping the vital analogue grit intact. As a live unit, the Orchestra have become an in-demand fixture at venues and festivals worldwide.

Having turned heads with two fine albums on Toronto label Do Right!, ‘Freedom No Go Die’ (2006, featuring their breakthrough single ‘Mista President’) and ‘Manifesto’ (2008), Strut are proud to announce the band’s hotly anticipated third album, ‘Rising Sun’. Drawing on a wider canvas of styles than ever before, touching on spiritual jazz, deep African rhythms and Ethiopian modes, the Orchestra take their sound to new heights with stunning musicianship and virtuoso arrangements throughout. Long-time fan Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio One) has already acclaimed this album to be their best yet.

The tracks themselves flow as a sinuous whole. The reflective intro overture, Awakening, originally came to composer Pierre Chrétien in a dream; the hard Afrobeat of Agbara whips up a heavyweight groove, driven by prepared marimbas rather than traditional electric guitar lines; Negus Negast touches on dark Ethio-jazz, inspired by Strut label-mate Mulatu Astatke; Lotus Flower is a spiritual soul-jazz piece featuring the muted trumpet stylings of guest Nicholas Dyson (musician with Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Temptations and The Coasters); Mamaya moves us into heavy 12/8 Afro-jazz territory, based around traditional Guinean rhythms; the more laid back 12/8 Afro-jazz of Serenity features the flute and clarinet work of multi-instrumentalist Zakari Frantz; Consecration explores modal territory, a track composed during the very early days of the group; and the album closes with Rejoice, a storming cover in two parts of the Pharoah Sanders’ 1981 classic.

The Souljazz Orchestra will be touring throughout 2010, starting with North American dates in March, followed by European dates in April. Booking agent: Jules de Lattre at The Agency in London.


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Hadrien Hadrien ·  04 March 2010, 02:53

They'll be in show at Divan Orange in Montreal on March 12th:

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