Sala Rossa - 2007

by Ratchet Orchestra

Carmine 02:10
T(h)rust 08:44


Ratchet Orchestra live at the Sala Rossa - November 28, 2007

Destination Out - experimental & avant -garde reviews

This is a lovely recording of a band that have gradually expanded from a quartet to a truly orchestral sound. Several generations of Montreal musicians participate in this project, which displays a wonderful variety of approaches to improvisation, from myriad takes on noise, to European classical derivations or the bluesiest of wails. These noir-ish expansive compositions are obviously influenced by Sun Ra, but in the right ways. Ratchet master Nicolas Caloia never indulges in lame, quasi-mystic space motifs; rather he finds inspiration in the orchestra sounds of Ellington, Ra's former boss Fletcher Henderson and occasionally, Egyptian icon Om Khalsoum. With over 27 players in the orchestra, seemingly every instrument is doubled, if not tripled up. A large contingent of strings makes for some arresting ensemble sounds, as in the beguiling "Carmine" and the initial part of T(h)rust. The large scale improvs (Alan Silva, etc) of the '60s also come to mind but this disc's stylistic range, contemporary electric sounds and overall gusto never sound like revisionism. My big gripe is the cover art, which has feathers glued all over the spine. My allergies and my computer's CD drive curse you for this poor design choice. (independent)
David Daks


released November 28, 2007

Nicolas Caloia - bass
Jean Derome - flute
Gordon Krieger - bass clarinet
Damian Nisenson - sopranino sax
Bryan Highbloom - sop sax
Phillipe Lauzier - alto sax
Pierre Labbé - tenor sax
Ellwood Epps - trpt
Brian Lipson - trpt
Eric Lewis - trpt
Thea Pratt Eb - horn
Jacques Gravel - trombone
Noah Countability - sousaphone
Joshua Zubot - violin
Kate Lawrence - violin
Jean René - viola
Gen Heistek- viola
Annie Lawrence - cello
Norsola Johnson - cello
Sam Shalabi - guit
Chris Burns - guit
Alexandre Grogg - piano
Ken Doolittle - perc
Bruce Cawdron - perc
Michel Bonneau - perc
Robert Kraft - drums
John Heward - drums


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