Ally Fiola & The Next Quest: InterblazeBy
An insouciant organ opens "Backtrack"; the horns weave in and out and around each other. Written by Fiolaas were seven of the eight tunes herethis one came about when she was under the influence of mistaking a recumbent elk for a cougar (it could happen to anyone). The music, a flock of horns, swirls like a bevy of small tornados, perhaps a manifestation of fear of that alleged wild predatory cat.
"Thoughts of Home" sounds sorrowful, anguished even (perhaps Fiola suffering while abroad from homesickness), as if the band is on the march to St. James Infirmary.
Like all high-energy brass workouts, Interblaze has a strong life-affirming quality, a forge ahead, take-no-bull-from-anyone attitude. "Intuition," with rollicking horn arrangement and a cool organ breeze organ, is reminiscent of Duke Ellington's "Blues For New Orleans" from his New Orlean Suite (Atlantic Records, 1970).
The album closes with a tribute to Fiola's grandfather, "Amazing Grace," with a swinging, danceable midsection which leans on Bill Withers' 1972 soul-pop hit "Lean On Me" before shifting back into the traditional atmosphere of the song.
Interblaze; Back Track; Circular Beginnings; Intuition; Rocket Sunrise; Thoughts Of Home; Underground; Amazing Grace.
Ally Fiola: saxophone; Jeff Coffin: saxophone; Simon Oakly: trombone.
Glen Patscha: organ, piano, accordion; Chris Mitchell: baritone saxophone; Addison Sowery- Quinn: sousaphone; Shvan Kaban: guitar; Andrew Miller: drums.
Title: Interblaze | Year Released: 2023 | Record Label: Arts Nova Scotia
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