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The eclectic astounding and sometimes mystifying Ratchet Orchestra continue to attract attention with the release of their third recording Hemlock. Recorded by Godspeed you! Black Emperor bassist Thierry Amar and released on the Vancouver label Drip Audio, The Ratchet Orchestra is a who's who of Montreal's edgiest musicians. Director Nicolas Caloia's compositions provide a structure to showcase fierce talents like Tom Walsh, Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Sam Shalabi, and Christopher Cauley. The Ratchet Orchestra has existed since the early 1990s when Caloia started experimenting with improvised chamber jazz

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain


Various venues Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Victoriaville, Quebec May 21-23, 2021 It seems appropriate that a festival of forward-looking music should be the first organization to present live indoor concerts in Quebec in more than a year. After having to cancel the 2020 edition of the Festival International ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Christian McBride, Matana Roberts, Chicago Underground Quartet and More

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Each of February's shows will have some music recognizing Black History Month. The selected recording for 2020 is The Movement Revisited--A Musical Portrait of Four Icons, Christian McBride's epic, and you'll hear tunes from the album each week. This show also features Matana Roberts and Coin Coin Chapter IV -Memphis. The Chicago Underground Quartet is back ...

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Kevin Sun, Roadworks, Anansi Trio and More

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Saxophonists are all over this episode. Australia's Julien Wilson provides two different settings to display his formidable talents, and so does New York's Kevin Sun. Swiss alto player Christoph Gallio made his One Man's Jazz debut with his trio, Day & Taxi, but this time he's back with a larger and freer ensemble, Roadworks. You'll hear ...

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Day and Taxi, Adam Rudolph, Harish Raghavan and More

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First out of the mixed bag of audio treats this week (it's Halloween after all!) is a track from Oliver Lake's first recording 43 years ago Ntu: The Point from Which Creation Begins. I haven't played Oliver in a while and that seemed like a good place to begin catching up. Adam Rudolph's epic project, Ragmala, ...

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Tomeka Reid Quartet, Piero Bittolo Bon & Ratchet Orchestra

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I guess this episode could be termed a “friendly" one, as it just so happens a number of my musical friends have new releases out for sampling, so I dove right in. Toronto drummer Nick Fraser has an excellent album out with Tony Malaby and Kris Davis and they open the show. Violist Ig Henneman from ...

Article: Album Review

Ratchet Orchestra: Hemlock

Read "Hemlock" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Un'orchestra di trenta elementi con tanto di sezione d'archi è merce rara nell'attuale panorama jazzistico. A maggior ragione se le poche notizie che la accompagnano riferiscono di oltre vent'anni di lavoro che, attingendo all'ampio bacino di improvvisatori in qualche modo collegati alla scena di Montreal, ha creato una sorta di workshop di musica creativa permanente e ...

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Hemlock

Label: Musique Corporelle
Released: 2012

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Label: Musique Corporelle
Released: 2012
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Ratchet Orchestra

Label: Musique Corporelle
Released: 2008


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