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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Circum Grand Orchestra: 12

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12, the fourth album of the French, Lille-based Circum Grand Orchestra and flagship of the Muzzix musicians collective, marks a significant change in the Orchestra's history. After being led for a decade by guitarist Olivier Benoit, now new artistic director of the prestigious Orchestre National Jazz, they are guided by bassist Christophe Hache, who wrote each composition on this release. The move from a six-string leader to a four-string guide did not affect the restless, inclusive spirit of this orchestra. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

La Pieuvre and Circum Grand Orchestra: Feldspath

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is a French project, documented on a double album, that brings together two already large ensembles--the conducted improvisation ensemble La Pieuvre and the contemporary jazz ensemble Circum Grand Orchestra--32 musicians and all, conducted by composer Oliver Benoit. But this unique and rare project is not only about creating massive orchestral sounds. It is a bold attempt to keep the distinct sonic particularities and aesthetics of each ensemble and its improvisers and to challenge both entities to form one musical unity. ...


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