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    AAJ Review: Fire! Orchestra, Exit!



    My review of Fire! Orchestra's Exit!, today at AllAboutJazz.com


    For those familiar with the Fire! trio's recordings to date, Fire! Orchestra will come as something of a surprise...or perhaps not. Extreme? Yes, this 28-piece behemoth is certainly that. But unlike the trio, which is all-improv, Fire! Orchestra's music is predicated on cued forms, making it, if still not for the faint at heart, somewhat more accessible, and certainly more expansive, not just in color.


    One of the most exciting large ensemble recordings in some time, for fans of Sun Ra and Charlie Haden's early Liberation Music Orchestra, while nothing like either, they're sufficient touchstones to suggest if you like 'em, Fire! Orchestra may be for you.


    Review here.

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    I enjoy the other Fire! cds that I have, so this looks like a no-brainer, but I'm a bit leery about this being a bit too "free" for my tastes.

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    How vocal is it?


    Though I'll probably get it anyway even if you say lots and lots.
    No humor please, we're skittish.

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    Well I've found it since, and the answer is pretty damn vocal. Moreso than I was expecting.
    No humor please, we're skittish.

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    I picked this up on emusic but it's quite a lot to take in, and needs a few more plays, early verdict.... Interesting and worth an exploration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredOCal View Post
    I enjoy the other Fire! cds that I have, so this looks like a no-brainer, but I'm a bit leery about this being a bit too "free" for my tastes.
    I'm not sure of your tastes, but to my ears it's a little less outside and chaotic than the previous fire! releases.
    No humor please, we're skittish.

    Never let good music get in the way of making a profit.

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    great review!



    This strikes me as something akin to the idea of soundpainting (if not the official "soundpainting" itself...I can't seem to find any definitive proof).

    There are a lot of very cool bands doing this cued free form stuff where a conductor and the ensemble have a language of gestures that shape the form of collective improvisations. That said, the samples I have heard of this album on Youtube are a lot less outside than many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fictionmusic View Post
    great review!
    Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by fictionmusic View Post
    This strikes me as something akin to the idea of soundpainting (if not the official "soundpainting" itself...I can't seem to find any definitive proof).

    There are a lot of very cool bands doing this cued free form stuff where a conductor and the ensemble have a language of gestures that shape the form of collective improvisations. That said, the samples I have heard of this album on Youtube are a lot less outside than many.
    Absolutely true. I expected something far more extreme and relentless. I was surprised

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