The Souljazz Orchestra Solidarity on LP
Canada’s hardest working super-group, The Souljazz Orchestra is back with a brand-new album, Solidarity, a fierce collaborative record featuring a range of unique artists from Canada's vibrant underground scene, including Senegalese-Canadian griot descendant Élage M'baye, Brazilian-Canadian singer-songwriter Rômmel Ribeiro, Jamaican-Canadian rocksteady soulman Slim Moore, as well as the full Souljazz Orchestra core line-up, with vocal contributions by drummer/conguero Philippe Lafrenière and baritone saxophonist Ray Murray.
The songs for the album were written in a variety of Afro, Latin and Caribbean styles, all connected by a consistent thread of North American soul and jazz sensibilities. Featuring lyrics sung in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Wolof (with borrowings from French and Arabic), the pieces are unified by a common message of positive social change.
After their last album, the all-acoustic Rising Sun, The Souljazz Orchestra wanted to return to a plugged-in sound, which gave the group an excuse to dig up some of their dusty, forgotten electric instruments out of the attic again: an ancient vibrato-heavy transistor organ, grungy pawnshop hollowbody guitars, an unsteady warbling tape-echo machine, a cavernous surf-guitar spring reverb unit, even an old Italian-made Elka electric piano rescued from a garbage can. They recorded the new songs onto a temperamental 8-track tape machine, and the whole thing resulted in one massive, heavy-hitting, ruff-and-tuff record.
The Souljazz Orchestra Solidarity Track Listing:
2. Kelen Ati Leen
3. Cartao Postal
4. Ya Basta
6. Serve & Protect
7. Conquering Lion
9. Tanbou Lou