NOW ORCHESTRA & MARILYN CRISPELL
Pola

[Victo, www.victo.qc.ca]

Vancouver-based powerhouse, NOW Orchestra [New Orchestra Workshop] has been churning out records with guest artists for around fifteen years now. Everyone from Barry Guy, George Lewis, Butch Morris, Wadada Leo Smith, Rene Lussier and countless others have been in residence with the Orchestra or have recorded a record along with them. They have such a strong following in the Vancouver area that nearly every other year, Vancouver Jazz Festival mainstay Ken Pickering books the Orchestra back again with the addition of a new guest artist. Though opportunities are rare in terms of travel [which tends to be expensive for a group of fourteen people], concerts have happened in the past at Victo [where I caught them a while back with Rene Lussier], Toronto and in places as far as Portugal. Their music was always a tightly knit, semi-composed, semi-improvised rendition of adventurous big band music. Recorded two years ago in Vancouver, their latest offering "Pola" is centered around the many talents of pianist Marilyn Crispell. In fact, it's her poly-rhythmic, percussive keystrokes that are featured throughout the piece that are the highlight of many of the pieces. Thick clusters she is known for from many records in the past [especially solo ones] are evident everywhere. This doesn't necessarily mean Crispell overpowers any member of the orchestra. It's just that her style in itself is powerful enough to shake the walls. Kate Hammett-Vaughan's vocal chords are front and centre as well. Trumpets are especially strong this time around as both John Korsrud and Kevin Flaschuk duel out in constant full frontal attacks. Rod Murray's downright soothing trombone work is an antithesis to all the chaotic movements. Each movement is so different from the next and each one has a world of possibilities to offer. Running the gamut from big band music, improvisation, and finally stopping in the new music field, the Orchestra is once again alive with the world of possibilities. Whether provoking the listener into a situation or creating new events out of thin air, NOW Orchestra have once again risen to the task at hand.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Xenia Beliayeva - Ultra Glamour
+ Past Present Future
+ Total 7
+ Peeping Tom - Peeping Tom
+ Asmus Tietchens - Geboren, um zu Dienen
+ Silverware
+ Anthony Rother - Super Space Model
+ Spank Rock - YoYoYoYoYo
+ Radio 4 - Enemies Like This
+ Primal Scream - Riot City Blues
+ The Presets - Beams
+ Oakenfold - A Lively Mind
+ Nitzer Ebb - Body Of Work
+ Mummer - SoulOrganismState
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest & The Sea
+ Follow The Leader
+ Killing Joke - Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell
+ Hassle Hound - Limelight Cordial
+ Gigolo Showcase No. 9
+ Garden - Round & Round
+ The Futureheads - News And Tributes
+ Fovea Hex - Huge
+ No-Neck Blues Band & Embryo - Embryonnck
+ Ekkehard Ehlers - A Life Without Fear
+ Current 93 - Black Ships Ate The Sky
+ The Whitest Boy Alive - Dreams
+ F.S. Blumm - Summer Kling
+ Aidan Baker - Oneiromancer
+ Atari Teenage Riot - 1992 - 2000
+ DJ 3000 - Migration
+ Thom Yorke - The Eraser
+ Eremite Records - drobny asumpt do większej eksploracji
+ Midlake - The Trials Of Van Occupanther
+ Grandaddy - Just Like the Fambly Cat
+ Hati - Mantra - I. Prehistory of Hati: vol. 1
+ Arol Wulf-Zendik - You've Been Gone
+ Joseph Holbrooke Trio - The Moat Recordings
+ Keiji Haino - Global Ancient Atmosphere

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+ MICHAEL VINER'S INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND - Bongo Rock
+ OWL XOUNDS EXPLODING GALAXY - The Myth of Time - An Elastic Experience
+ ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT - Dead Funny
+ IRENE SCHWEIZER - First Choice - Piano Solo KKL Luzern
+ THE NECKS - Chemist
+ TUNNG - Mother's Daughter and Other Songs / The Pioneers
+ MR. ANONYMOUS - Mr. Anonymous
+ HENRIK RYLANDER - Formation
+ MICHAEL MARCUS TRIO - Soulifications / THE COSMOSAMATICS - Magnitudes
+ DEEP BLUE ORGAN TRIO - Goin' To Town - Live at the Green Mill CD / DVD
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Re-Bop: The Savoy Remixes / THE BASEMENT BOYS PRESENT MUDBOY JONES - The Basement Boys Present Mudboy Jones
+ ERNEST DAWKINS' NEW HORIZONS ENSEMBLE - The Messenger - Live at the Original Velvet Lounge CD / DVD
+ LUC FERRARI - Son Memorise
+ UTE VOLKER - Anthrazit - Akkordeon Solo
+ MUMMER - SoulOrganismState
+ JOHN PEEL AND SHEILA - The Pig's Big 78s - A Beginner's Guide
+ DJ NAUGHTY - One DJ Naughty Night in Berlin
+ KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF - Remixed
+ ONE SECOND BRIDGE - One Second Bridge / MARSEN JULES - Les Fleurs
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Musics in the Margin
+ ANDRE GONCALVES & KENNETH KIRSCHNER - Resonant Objects
+ WHIT DICKEY - Sacred Ground / DENNIS GONZALEZ BOSTON PROJECT - No Photograph Available
+ PIMMON - Secret Sleeping Birds
+ GARDEN - Round & Round
+ CARL HANCOCK RUX - Good Bread Alley
>> NOW ORCHESTRA & MARILYN CRISPELL - Pola
+ EVAN PARKER TRIO & PETER BROTZMANN TRIO - The Bishop's Move
+ LIBERTY ELLMAN - Ophiuchus Butterfly
+ CARNIVAL SKIN - Carnival Skin
+ ROVA - Totally Spinning

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+ New direction of techno - interview with Franki Juncaj aka DJ 3000
+ Bez premedytacji - rozmowa z Andrzejem 'Kobrą' Kraińskim [Kobranocka]
+ Nowy wymiar - rozmowa z Natalią Grosiak i Dawidem Korbaczyńskim [Mikromusic]
+ Szczerość uczuć - rozmowa z Robertem Kałużą [Lotyń]