HOME | ARTISTS AND BANDS | CDS BY TITLE | TOP TEN CDS | TOP TEN IN 2011 | LATEST CDS | ARTIST NEWS | JAZZ GIGS | FEATURED ARTIST | CUSTOMER INFORMATION | CONTACT | ABOUT US

Where are we now?

Artist: Al-Orkesta

Date of Release: 21/03/2009

Catalogue no: Mogno j030

Label: Mogno Music

Price: £13

Add to Shopping Basket

 

Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

listen

House of the Marriage

9.06

2

 

Sal fi-na Al-Lahdha

6.45

3

 

Saz Samai

5.12

4

listen

Valse Immonde

2.51

5

 

Al Hayawan/The Slaves Lament

7.29

6

 

Maflous

6.16

7

 

Shpil-zhe mir a lidele

10.23

8

 

Aqsaq Effendi

6.53

9

 

Simple Dan(ce)

9.02

 

 

 

 

Joe Higham's Al Orkesta fuses folk and ethnic styles with rock and jazz to produce a series of 'off centre' musically interesting pieces that provide creative space for the soloists.

'Al Orkesta' is also influenced by the many rock-oriented sounds from groups from the 70s such as King Crimson, Caravan and Gong. Groups with a more bluesy direction like Little Feat or Free. Even more importantly jazz groups such as Elton Dean's Ninesense and Harry Miller's Isipingo that led Joe Higham to discover the more mainstream and progressive sounds of jazz - Ellington to Ornette and beyond!

 

Reviews

 

06/07/2009 Chris Parker - Vortex CD reviews

The sleeve of this rich, multi-faceted but consistently enjoyable album describes the contents thus: 'Al Orkesta fuses folk and ethnic styles with rock and jazz to produce a series of "off centre" musically interesting pieces that provide creative space for soloists', and points to various forms of traditional music as inspirational sources for its nine tracks. Leader/composer Joe Higham plays saxophone and clarinets, and encountered his bandmates; trumpeter Jean-Paul EstiƩvenart, guitarist Jacques Pirotton, bassist Olivier Stalon, drummer Stephan Pougin; while studying at the Brussels Conservatory, and Al Orkesta's open-eared incorporation of Turkish ('House of the Marriage'), Syrian ('Sai Fi-na Al-Lahda'), English ('The Slaves Lament') and klezmer ('Shpil-zhe mir a lidele') elements uncontrivedly into their pleasingly ebullient, infectiously rhythmic sound will surprise no one who's heard Aka Moon or the Wrong Object. What is notable, however, is the homogeneousness of the resultant approach, which packs all the punch of 1970s jazz/rock (Pirotton in particular fires off a series of eloquently powerful, almost Mike Stern-like solos), but also manages to retain both the breezy improvisational energy of jazz and the exhilarating whirl of Middle
Eastern and Balkan music. Regulars of the Vortex's East European nights will undoubtedly enjoy this album, but fans of everyone from Brotherhood of Breath to Nucleus and Soft Machine should also investigate it.

 

register | login

 

Shopping Basket

basket: 0 items (click to modify)

Total : £0.00

FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE

Once you have chosen your CD you can either buy online using a credit/debit card or pay by cheque if you prefer.
All cards are processed on a secure server with Thawte authentication
We accept Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard, Switch, Solo, JCB

In a hurry? Hate filling in forms? Worried about the internet? Need help? Call us on 020 7724 2389

 

 

 

 

 

Church Hill FarmBEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY RENTAL IN THE WYE VALLEY
www.churchillfarm.co.uk