The incredible Fire! Orchestra in a 21-piece rendition performs in the studio for an ecstatic album of free improvisation and song, with an amazing lineup including Mats Gustafsson, Mette Rasmussen, Johan Berthling, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Lotte Anker, &c. &c.
Label: Rune Grammofon
Catalog ID: RCD 2182CD
Squidco Product Code: 22011
Recorded at Riksmixningsverket, in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 17th and 18th, 2015, by Linn Fijal and Mikael Werliin.
Mats Gustafsson-baritone saxophone, slide saxophone, conductor
Mette Rasmussen-alto saxophone
Anna Hogberg-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Per Texas Johansson-clarinets, baritone saxophone
Hild Sofie Tafjord-French horn
Martin Hederos-keyboards, violin
Jonas Kullhammar-Braithophone, bass saxophone, slide saxophone
Lotte Anker-tenro saxophone, soprano saxophone
Susana Santos Silva-trumpet
Per Ake Holmlander-tuba
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1. Ritual, Part 1 10:20
2. Ritual, Part 2 9:37
3. Ritual, Part 3 12:31
4. Ritual, Part 4 12:34
5. Ritual, Part 5 7:46
sample the album:
"Fire! Orchestra follow their acclaimed 2014 album Enter with Ritual, slimming the ensemble down from 28 of northern Europe's finest jazz and improvisational musicians to a mere 21. Since the release of Enter, this energetic and dynamic mass ensemble has gone from intimate jazz settings to the main hall at the Molde International Jazz Festival and a major stage at the prestigious Roskilde Festival.
As brilliant as Enter is, with Ritual they have outdone themselves and produced a beast of beauty and power, extremely well executed, beautifully recorded, and produced from only two days in the studio. Free improvisations, spontaneous horns, keyboard frenzy, abstract electronics, and guitar mayhem, not to mention those glorious twin voices from heaven and hell. It's about mysteries and rituals in music and in life."-Rune GrammofonAlso available on CD.