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ICP Orchestra: Jubilee Varia

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Track review of "Jubilee Varia Suite: 2nd Movement"

ICP Orchestra's recordings echo the dynamics and ingenuity of European progressive-jazz improvisation. The largely Dutch band, featuring co-founders, pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink, instituted the ICP Orchestra in parallel with the ICP record label in the late 1960s. The critically heralded 1999 Hat Art album, Jubilee Variance, enjoys renewed life via this 2010 reissue.

The band and respective musicians' legacy is well-documented, spanning several decades. Nonetheless, ICP's creative sparks reside within asynchronous projections of improvisation and structure. And it's quite an uncanny listening experience at that. Branded by a group-centric signature sound, the band affords its soloists numerous opportunities to stretch as this album is segmented into two suites.

On "Jubilee Varia suite—2nd movement," cellists Ernst Reijseger, Tristan Honsinger and contrabassist Ernst Glerum conjure a dark panorama, built on staccato frameworks and linear phrasings. Here, the artists generate a contrasting silhouette, containing notions of grief and merrymaking. It's improvised chamber jazz, brimming with curiously interesting abstracts; one of many flourishing and mind-altering sorties executed throughout this masterfully orchestrated program.

Personnel: Ernst Reijseger: cello; Tristan Honsinger: cello; Ernst Glerum: contrabass.

Title: Jubilee Varia | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Hat Hut Records

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