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The Souljazz Orchestra - Solidarity - out on Strut Records

The Souljazz Orchestra Solidarity

Solidarity is one of Paris DJs' 2012 favorite albums and undoubtely the best Souljazz Orchestra work so far. The Ottawa crew has changed almost everything on this record, reaching a new dimension. First they add latin and West indies rhythms and melodies, samba and reggae (Jericho, sung by Slim Moore) to their usual afrobeat and spiritual jazz musical landscapes. The sound is also very different. We love this raw, sticky and greasy production, giving the impression that the whole band is playing behind some thick curtain and through amps falling to pieces. At last guitars are widely used for the first time with a great spatial effect. Absolutely no weak moments on this album, loaded with hits, incredible protest or psychedelic anthems (listen to the cinematic Conquering Lion, its powerful intro and its frantic and dirty keys). Like every great platter, Solidarity does sound like an instant classic - as if this music was here a long time ago. As if it's always been here.

The Souljazz Orchestra Solidarity
The Souljazz Orchestra - Solidarity
(CD/2LP/Download) Strut Records, 2012-09-18

The Souljazz Orchestra - Cartão Postal by Strut

Tracklisting :
01. Bibinay 6:22
02. Kelen Ati Leen 3:38
03. Cartão Postal 3:55
04. Ya Basta 3:42
05. Jericho 3:26
06. Serve & Protect 6:26
07. Conquering Lion 4:13
08. Kingpin 3:43
09. Tanbou Lou 3:18
10. Nijaay 4:08

Links :
Buy it on Juno
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Artwork by Lewis Heriz

Album Info :
Canada's hardest working super-group, The Souljazz Orchestra, are back! Since our last project together, 2010's Rising Sun, the band has been refining its sound on the road, and it shows on Solidarity which boasts a muscular, plugged-in sound that positively commands dancing. The album showcases a diverse set of influences, buoyed by the many featured vocalists, all of whom are connected to the group through the Canadian music scene, yet hail from a variety of backgrounds, from Senegal to Brazil to Jamaica and beyond. Recorded on vintage gear, the music packs a punch which is often lacking on contemporary recordings. Solidarity comes out September 18th, but we'll make sure to share some new music before that. The band will be touring internationally around the release, so look for them soon near you! (Source : Strut Records)

Sep 22 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
Oct 10 - Paris, France - La Bellevilloise
Oct 11 - Pau, France - Showcase Time
Oct 12 - Marseille, France - Cabaret Aléatoire
Oct 13 - Lille, France - Bal à Fives
Oct 14 - Chalon-sur-Saône, France - La Péniche
Oct 17 - Lyon, France - Afrosoul Festival - La Marquise
Oct 18 - Milan, Italy - Black Gusto Live
Oct 19 - Bordeaux, France - BT59
Oct 20 - Montpellier, France - Le Jam
Oct 22 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Oct 23 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - MC Theatre
Oct 24 - Vienna, Austria - Cabaret Fledermaus
Oct 25 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Bratislava Jazz Days
Oct 26 - Prague, Czech Republic - Agharta
Oct 27 - České Budějovice, Czech Republic - South Bohemia Jazzfest
Oct 28 - Dornbirn, Austria - Conrad Sohm
Oct 31 - Cologne, Germany - Stadtgarden
Nov 01 - Athens, Greece - Gazarte
Nov 02 - Athens, Greece - Gazarte
Nov 03 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Gaia Live
Nov 04 - London, UK - Jazz Cafe
Nov 09 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
Nov 10 - Kingston, ON - The Mansion
Nov 15 - Québec, QC - Le Cercle
Nov 16 - Montréal, QC - Le Belmont
Nov 17 - Gatineau, QC - Petit Chicago
Nov 28 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Nov 29 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Nov 30 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Dec 01 - Washington, DC - Jammin Java
Dec 02 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
Dec 04 - Buffalo, NY - Nietzsche's
Dec 05 - Detroit, MI - The Crofoot
Dec 06 - Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern
Dec 07 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
Dec 08 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
* w/ Zongo Junction

More tour dates to come…
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