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Fire! Orchestra

Fire! is a the Nordic experimental supergroup formed in 2009 by the core trio of Mats Gustafsson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass guitar) and Andreas Werlin (drums) who joined together to develop a fresh approach to improvised music drawing on influences from free jazz, psychedelic rock, and noise. In 2010 the group joined forces with musician Jim O’Rourke and the four of them toured Japan together, leading to the release of Fire! with Jim O’Rourke. Australian multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi was the next collaborator, and they subsequently recorded the album Fire! with Oren Ambarchi. In 2013, the group went massive — cherry-picking 28 members from the Scandinavian jazz, improvisation, and avant-garde rock music scene to supplement the core band’s sound for a concert at Stockholm’s legendary Fylkingen venue which resulted in the first Fire! Orchestra record ‘Exit!’.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mattias Risberg's Mining: Zauberberg

Read "Zauberberg" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg has teamed up with a range of well-known northern European born or based improvisers, including saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist and vocalist Jennie Abrahamson. He remains largely unknown in the U.S. but garnered well-deserved attention for And Now the Queen--A Tribute to Carla Bley (Lilalo records, 2016), a duo recording with Ljungkvist. Risberg ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Big Bands, Orchestras and New Sounds

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and New Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we focus on new releases interpreting pop hits in a big band style with Dave Stryker working with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band; delivering solo piano compositions with a cinematic blend of classical, post-minimalist and traditional music courtesy of Kosta Jevtić, from Serbia; or incorporating folk elements into contemporary jazz by Kari ...

Arrival

Label: Rune Grammofon
Released: 2019
Track listing: (I Am A) Horizon; Weekends (The Soil Is Calling); Blue Crystal Fire; Silver Trees; Dressed In Smoke, Blown Away; (Beneath) The Edge Of Life; At Last I Am Free.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The human voice was the first musical instrument and many of my favorite releases of the past year show how powerful the voice can be, whether the singer is in a choir, part of an instrumental ensemble or leading the band. Of course there were also many purely instrumental releases that were outstanding as well.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mats Aleklint/Per-Ake Holmlander/Paal Nilssen-Love: Fish & Steel

Read "Fish & Steel" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

PNL Records was started in 2007 by Norwegian jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love to release his recordings as a solo artist, with his big band Large Unit, and in collaborations with other artists. Fish & Steel is the self-titled debut from the trio of trombonist Mats Åleklint, tuba player Per-Äke Holmlander, and Nilssen-Love. All three are part ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

All new sounds with a focus on Simon Nabotov

Read "All new sounds with a focus on Simon Nabotov" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we focus on a batch of new releases including the latest album from Simon Nabatov who has a great band, they are so good I play something from each band member as well. Playlist Zach Brock, Matt Ulery, and Jon Deitemyer “Wonderment" from Wonderment (Woolgathering Records) 00:00 Simon Nabatov Quintet “Old ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble: Where Future Unfolds

Read "Where Future Unfolds" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

A creative force known as the Black Renaissance emerged on Chicago's South Side in the 1930s and developed through the next decades. This movement produced visual artists, writers and musicians, who explored new ideals of black culture via theatre, art works and composition to address social issues. Damon Locks might seem a modern torch-bearer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Fire! Orchestra: Arrival

Read "Arrival" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The ancient Zen art of decluttering has found modern favour as a mindful practice. Letting go of things is, perhaps, a way of breaking with the past. In the years since its inception, the Nordic big band Fire! Orchestra has jettisoned about half its original cast. Now down to a mere fourteen members, the outfit has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cory Smythe: Circulate Susanna

Read "Circulate Susanna" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Cory Smythe tells stories. About stories. Specifically, a father's tales in the rural heartland of America; ingredients that a listener might assume had shaped Smythe's imagination in ways that go far beyond music. But like the Stephen Foster discs spinning on the gramophone as a tornado approaches, Smythe's nostalgic and inspirational world is liner-note fantasy. Nevertheless, ...


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