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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Souljazz Orchestra :: Rising Sun

The Souljazz Orchestra :: Rising Sun

The Souljazz Orchestra will be releasing its first all-acoustic afrojazz album, entitled Rising Sun, on Strut Records, a label experiencing a good amount of buzz with its recent releases from Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics, Grandmaster Flash, Tony Allen & Jimi Tenor, as well as with its slew of top-notch reissues of historical dance music from around the world. While the Souljazz Orchestra stays true to its roots in soul and afro rhythms, on this new release they take a much jazzier approach, creating spiritually-charged, improv-heavy big-band music reminiscent of Salah Ragab, Pharoah Sanders, or Sun Ra, albeit with a heavy-driving, dancefloor-conscious edge.

The Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun
Strut, 2010-02-16

Tracklisting :
01. Awakening
02. Agbara
03. Negus Negast
04. Lotus Flower
05. Mamaya
06. Serenity
07. Consecration
08. Rejoice, Pt. 1
09. Rejoice, Pt. 2

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The Souljazz Orchestra :
ZAKARI FRANTZ, alto saxophone, flute, alto flute, clarinet, vocals
STEVE PATTERSON, tenor saxophone, vocals
RAY MURRAY, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, vocals
PIERRE CHRÉTIEN, piano, vibraphone, marimba, harp, accordion, glass bottles, vocals
PHILIPPE LAFRENIÈRE, drums, congas, bongos, cuica, vocals
MARIELLE RIVARD, shekere, gankogui, claves, guiro, basket rattle, goat-hoof rattle, bamboo chime, tambourine, bells, flexatone, vocals