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Orchestre National De Jazz / Charmediterraneen
Album:Charmediterraneen Collection:Jazz
Artist:Orchestre National De Jazz Added:04/2003
Label:Ecm Records (Jazz) 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-04-21 Pull Date:2003-06-23 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:15 Jun4 May

 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 13, 2003:Memory Select
Estramadure, parts 2 and 3
2.Apr 27, 2003:Oh Messy Life

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-05-08 
European Big band, lots of brass, bold violins. Combines American big-band swing with a more formal Euro/symphony sound, plus some off-the-wall add-ins by ECM regulars like Anouar Brahem (playing oud). Overall upbeat and fun, very accessible, although it gets cheesy in a few places.

Tracks 1-6 are a suite, as are 7-9 and 11-12.

1- Big happy flourish 2- Free-form muttering, then a perky set of solos. Cool. 3- Slowly grand themes, some cool fast soloing 4- Upbeat grooving 5- Rockin'... in a really cheesy way. Avoid. 6- Upbeat, goes on a wacky free tangent for a while

7, 8, 9 - Swinging little suite. 7 and 9 are mostly fast, with 9 featuring an electric guitar solo. 8 is a slinky midtempo with a good sax solo.

10- Sprited, short trio with oud and sax
11, 12 - Mostly slow and dramatic. Brassy
13- Warm and sentimenal. Not subtle.
14- Uptempo after a long slow intro. Very cool bass solo.
15- Quiet and nice

Track Listing
1.Sequenze Orifiche 8.Estramadure Part 2
2.Prologo: L'orfeo 9.Estramadure Part 3
3.Sequenza Prima 10.Montbeliard Trio
4.Sequenza Seconda 11.Artefact Part 1
5.Sequenza Terza 12.Artefact Part 2
6.Sequenza Quarta 13.Argentiera
7.Estramadure Part 1 14.Charmediterraneen