Angels' Share by Glenn Astarita
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A twelve piece unit that deceptively sounds like a full scale big band, “CAE” treads mainstream waters yet often inject modern jazz style diversions into climactic horn charts, contrasting themes and slightly raucous interplay, witnessed on the opening track, “A Fantastic Story” and elsewhere. Throughout, the listener will be treated to poised arrangements amid spirited choruses, multilayered tonalities and quaint doses of dissonant motifs, which are characteristics that are prominently evident on the piece, “Twisted Song”. And just when we become complacent with the band’s intriguing modus operandi, they launch into a sprightly Bop-ish swing motif atop complex phrasings and abrupt shifts in tempo on “Three Faces of Intimate Game”. Here mercurial soloing abounds while Angels’ Share represents yet another admirable achievement by this truly exciting consortium of musicians who continually fabricate novel ways and means of expressing their collective talents. * * * * (Out of * * * * *) ( dacapo records )
Track Listing: 1) A Fantastic Story 2) Seven Secrets 3) Chorale 4) Twisted Song 5) Echoes of Memory 6) Three Faces of Intimate Game 7) Angels
Personnel: Conducted by Ture Larsen: Jesper Riis; trumpet: Jesper Sveidahl; trumpet: Kasper Tranberg; cornet: peter Fuglsang; alto sax, clarinet, alto clarinet: Lotte Anker; tenor, soprano sax: Thomas Agergaard; tenor sax, flute, alto flute: Pelle Fridell; baritone sax, bass clarinet, flute: Jakob Riis; trombone: Klaus Lohrer; bass trombone, tuba: Thomas Clausen; piano, mini-moog: Nils Davidsen; bass: Anders Mogensen; drums
Record Label: Dacapo Records
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