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The Souljazz Orchestra | Rising Sun – [Strut Records / Do Right! Music, 2010]

The Souljazz Orchestra - RisingSun

The Souljazz Orchestra picks up where the golden age of soulful music left off: they expand upon the rough and raw grooves of the 1960s and 1970s by taking on an eclectic, genre-bending approach, enriched by musical traditions stemming from both sides of the Atlantic. The resulting sound is enthralling and unique: a potent mixture of funk, soul, jazz, afro and Latin rhythms, supported by an arsenal of dusty vintage keyboards and driven by powerful horn-drenched melodies.

The orchestra was founded in 2002, when a group of young, like-minded musicians started meeting up regularly at some of the hipper downtown clubs in Ottawa. Some had played in jazz combos, others in rhythm & blues bands, others still in African or Latin ensembles. They began making plans to form a new collective that would combine their various musical interests with their particular world view and the Souljazz Orchestra was soon born.

The multi-cultural Canadian ensemble has since had the chance to collaborate with such legendary figures as Jamaican reggae singer Horace Andy, Rwandan/Burundian guitarist Mighty Popo, as well as Fela Kuti alumni Dele Sosimi and Mabinuori Kayode Idowu. They have played hundreds of concerts across North America and Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of Femi Kuti, Etta James, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Érik Truffaz, Joshua Redman and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

The Souljazz Orchestra:

ZAKARI FRANTZ:
alto sax, flute, percussion, vocals

STEVE PATTERSON:
tenor sax, percussion, vocals

RAY MURRAY:
baritone sax, percussion, vocals

PIERRE CHRÉTIEN:
vintage keyboards, percussion, vocals

PHILIPPE LAFRENIÈRE:
drums, percussion, vocals

MARIELLE RIVARD:
percussion, vocals

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