4th album from the free-spirited power trio of guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, and now with drummer Frank Rosaly; intense, driving and demanding modern electric jazz.
Label: Rune Grammofon
Released in: Norway
"Fourth album from the free-spirited power trio that should need no long introduction by now, apart from the significant fact that Frank Rosaly has taken over the drum stool from Paal Nilssen-Love. No mean feat, seeing how the hand-in-glove rhythm section of Nilssen-Love and Haker Flaten has graced a large number of recordings over the years and built a solid reputation as one of modern jazz and improv's most reliable units. That said, the Chicago-based drummer is doing a remarkable job in both keeping the group sound intact while bringing new blood to the proceedings.
As with the previous albums, Melaza was recorded live in the studio with a minimum of overdubs, this time by Robert Mussi at Bill Laswell's New York studio. Raoul Bjorkenheim is from Finland and he recorded for ECM as a member of Finnish pioneers Krakatau as well as with Bill Laswell, Henry Kaiser, Jah Wobble, Peter Erskine, Paul Schutze, Mats Gustafsson, Nicky Skopelitis, and others. He has also written film scores and orchestral music.
Norwegian Ingebrigt Haker Flaten is a member of The Thing, Atomic, School Days, Free Fall with Ken Vandermark and has his own quintet. He has toured with Trygve Seim, Joe McPhee, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Tony Oxley and many others. Drummer and composer Frank Rosaly has been an integral part of the Chicago music scene for 10 years, navigating between the improv, experimental, rock and jazz communities.
As with the other Scorch Trio albums, all titles are local slang-words: this time, it's Puerto Rican, with the album title translating as "pure sugar cane juice, something sweet, fantastic."-Rune Grammofon
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Label: Rune Grammofon
Catalog ID: RCD 2104CD
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Recorded at Orange Music Sound Studios, New Jersey by Robert Musso.
Raoul Bjorkenheim-electric guitar
Ingebrigt Haker Flaten-Fender bass
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1. Relajo 5:01
2. Bambalán 5:24
3. Fajao 5:27
4. Orita 4:50
5. Melaza 3:15
6. Estinche 3:48
7. Raitru 3:40
8. Iesnu! 10:33