Fredrik Lundin, Odense Jazz Orchestra – It Takes All Kinds to Make a World (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:48 minutes | 432 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © April Records & Music Co.
“It Takes All Kinds To Make A World” (11th Nov, April Records) pairs critically acclaimed saxophonist and composer Frederik Lundin with the forward-thinking Odense Jazz Orchestra in an original set of intricately composed music which bridges the gap between avant-garde emotion and heavy groove.
But this is much more than simply a collection of newly-commissioned big band jazz.
With the growing number of seemingly insurmountable issues and conflicts plaguing our world today, the arts have never felt more important as means of escape, communication, expression, and protest – as this album proves to full effect.“Diversity is a prerequisite for sustainable life on this, our beautiful but suffering, blue green globe”, says saxophonist and composer Frederik Lundin.
His striking arrangements explore themes of conflict, frustration and environmental crises, painting musical pictures of the human impact on society and our planet.
You need look no further than the title track to see how entwined the music and concept are; it opens with a field recording of the last-known survivor of a species of Hawaiian bird, serving as requiem for all of those of our fellow species the human race has managed to wipe out.
Inspired by the fearless nature of 70s music, the 18-piece ensemble uses dense harmonic textures, chaotic free-ness, and a wide range of dynamics to tell the stories encapsulated within each tune. Yet despite the affected horn solos, synth textures and slick drum grooves, this an undeniably modern, transportive listening experience.
It Takes All Kinds To Make A World may be dealing with a host of negative subject matters, yet the record ends on a positive note: a call for humility, tolerance, benevolence, open heartedness, curiosity and open-mindedness.
“This is perhaps one of the most exciting Big Band Albums I’ve had the pleasure of hearing so far this year. Often modern big band albums can sound like a “science project” for the arranger, but there is none of this here. The arrangements sound very organic with the use of of bombastic tutti sections giving way to intriguing soundscapes all driven by an amazing rhythm section. This album is not for those listeners with a week constitution however it all makes sense. Frederik Lundin has done an amazing job to presenting an album that has all the impact of a large ensemble while keeping the freedom and flexibility of a small band. I highly recommend this album to all adventurous lovers of Big Band music and I urge the more conservative listener to take a chance. The Press release made the bold statement that the album is “an undeniably modern, transportive listening experience” and I couldn’t agree more.”
1-01. Fredrik Lundin & Odense Jazz Orchestra – Desperate Times, Desperate Measures (05:15)
1-02. Fredrik Lundin & Odense Jazz Orchestra – Gormenghast (09:05)
1-03. Fredrik Lundin & Odense Jazz Orchestra – Walk With Me, My Friend (07:49)
1-04. Fredrik Lundin & Odense Jazz Orchestra – Glossolalia (03:48)
1-05. Fredrik Lundin & Odense Jazz Orchestra – Now or Never (06:13)
1-06. Fredrik Lundin & Odense Jazz Orchestra – It Takes All Kinds to Make a World (09:34)