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Okay students, take out your notebooks and follow along with this two-CD live recording made at the inception of a super group. Like looking through a telescope at the formation of a new galaxy, the Townhouse Orchestra delivers a weighty performance of improvised music.
The quartet is made up of master British saxophone legend Evan Parker and a Scandinavian dream team. Bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love have also combined forces in bands including Atomic, The Thing (with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson), and Scorch Trio (with guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim). Townhouse Orchestra's fourth member is Sten Sandell, a pianist very familiar with all three of his partners.
Recorded in Oslo, Norway in February 2007, Belle Ville is a follow-up to the quartet's debut, Townorchestrahouse (Clean Feed, 2005). Each disc contains a single lengthy but highly focused improvisation that never falters throughout its 45 minutes. Despite the daunting appearance of the track lengths, the listening experience is unfazed.
The quartet puts on a pageant of sound, displaying Herculean aggregates of power before instantly shifting into singular soloing without pause or loss of momentum. Much like a painting exhibition of Jackson Pollock or Gerhard Richterm, it's possible to stand back and take in the whole of the music, or zero in on detail and enjoy its various pieces and parts. Sometimes the whole is indeed too much to consume, as this is a monumental work of art.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com