Ask The Oracle / Ask The Oracle
Album:Ask The Oracle Collection:Jazz
Artist:Ask The Oracle Added:Jan 2012
Label:Resonant Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-01-29 Pull Date:2012-04-01 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Apr 1Mar 25Mar 18Feb 26Feb 19Feb 5

Recent Airplay
1.Mar 30, 2012:No Cover, $5 Minimum
Ass Gamelan
4.Feb 24, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
Scattered Through The Strings
2.Mar 23, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
Ass Gamelan
5.Feb 20, 2012:Ghost Trees
Ass Gamelan
3.Mar 12, 2012:Ghost Trees
Scattered Through The Strings
6.Feb 19, 2012:Memory Select
Ass Gamelan

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-01-28 
ASK THE ORACLE: Ask the Oracle!
Resonantmusic, 2011

AVANT-GARDE – This lumpy, exciting quintet out of Toronto goes heavy on the percussion and incorporates lots of “world” sounds into their mix – most of the guys double on a standard jazz instrument and something more exotic such as hojok (Korean reed) or guzheng (Chinese zither). Sometimes dives into wild noise (4,6,8) but other tracks stay just melodic and/or grooving enough to be accessible.

Try any. Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 5, 6

1. 4:31 – stomping sound: blaring monotone sax & surf guitar over big drums
2. 6:08 – churning pseudo-gamelan metallic groove; slurred saxes slide on top
3. 6:14 – relaxed mbira (thumb piano) & asian flute, becomes gently chaotic
4. 1:46 – a quick burst: fast improv freakout
5. 4:49 – turbulent: low guzheng & breathy sax tones, atmospheric percussion
6. 5:48 – energy: sax & hojok fanfare blares over wild free-jazz percussion
7. 4:43 – strummed tanbour (lute) & wailing sax in slow-churned rhythmic slop
8. 5:39 – loud! bass intro; big bleating horn blasts take over and don’t let go

[ Fo ] - January 2012

Track Listing
1.Surfing To Canada 5.Scattered Through The Strings
2.Ass Gamelan 6.Why Is The Devil Here?
3.Before The Clouds Come 7.Dance With A Jinn
4.Tag Track Locate 8.Curse Of The Horns