Straight No Chaser – Oriole/Song for the Sleeping

Max Cole – Straight No Chaser

This album is the latest broadside from the F-ire collective, and Oriole are one of those groups that avoid the obvious choices of instrumentation, coming instead with the colours of the bass clarinet and cello in the mix- reminiscent of a modern day Chico Hamilton. The combination of Seb Rochford’s grasp of African rhythms and Jonny Phillips’ songwriting brings exotic vibes on the tracks of Meme and Themes Des Tangos Celabres, while the title track, featuring the sultry tones of singer Julia Biel, is an off kilt lullaby from the stars, refracted through ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ and ‘Come Sunday’. Keeping the f-ire reputation for innovation and creativity on track.

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