A long journey into the "Valleys of Jade traverses some intriguing musical territory as double oboe and clarinet lead the way through a decidedly Mid Eastern motif. Another burner follows, complete with real "Children's Voices, exploring this band's stellar command of infectious rhythms and exposing the heretofore unknown deep funkiness in the contra-alto clarinet. The freedom of "Asifina Dream, portrayed by arco bass and organ, gives way to a deliciously sleazy tenor trip that picks up stray instruments to form a vagabond choir before solemn organistic chords signal a final group "Prayer to the Elders.
All of these multiple timbres work together surprisingly well, making for an exceptionally interesting soundscapetestimony to McLean's strong compositions and leadership skills.
Track Listing: Rampi Rampi; Quiet (as the Birds of Fewa); Handbasket; Valleys of Jade; Children's Voices; Asifina Dream; Prayer to the Elders.
Personnel: Michael Herbst: oboe, English horn, tenor saxophone, flute; Stuart Bogie: clarinet, contra-alto clarinet; Jordan McLean: trumpet; Aaron Johnson: trombone; Geoff Mann: drums; Shoko Nagai: organ, pianette, percussion; Thomas Abbs: double bass; Martin Perna: baritone saxophone; Leah Paul: alto flute.
Record Label: 482 Music
Style: Modern Jazz
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