Title - 'Flame Tree'
Artist - Nik Turner
For those not completely in the know, the uber talented Nik Turner is an English musician, best known as a former member of space rock pioneers Hawkwind. Turner plays saxophones, flute, sings and is a composer and whilst with with Hawkwind, was known for his experimental free jazz stylisations. Oh, and his outrageous stage presence, which often meant donning full makeup and Ancient Egypt-inspired costumes!
On his last album, Space Fusion Odyssey, Turner returned with his most ambitious, musically adventurous album to date. Featuring all new recordings that blend jazz, fusion, space rock, and psych into a cacophonous orgasm of interstellar ecstasy, the album was a stand-alone testament to not only the genre of music it bows heavily at the alter of; but of Turner's seemingly everlasting musical talent.
Now, here in 2016, Hawkwind alum Nik Turner brings his spacey sax and freakout flute playing to an experimental jazz fusion ensemble. Alongside Turner are to be found Dennis Rea (guitar), Paul "PK" Kemmish (acoustic bass), and Jack Gold-Molina on drums, and they come together to bring us Flame Tree released via Purple Pyramid Records here in the US.
1. 'Mosquitos' (12:46)
2. 'Past Lives' (9:10)
3. 'In The Distance' (3:43)
4. 'Liquid' (10:09)
5. 'Organic Truth' (5:42)
6. 'Tantalium' (10:44)
7. 'Wild Flower' (7:07)
This cosmic collective actually played the Seaprog 2015 festival in Seattle WA, delivering a mind-blowing performance that day and so here on the quite brilliant Flame Tree we definitely get more of the same enthusiasm and passion, that's for sure.
Recorded in the US, the album draws on the tradition of free form improvisation that is familiar in Europe. From the very first track, the sublime 'Mosquitos' through to 'Liquid,' and the tale-ending 'Wild Flower,' Flame Tree is an album that, even if you don't think you like experimental jazz orchestrations, you'll find yourself quickly enjoying regardless.
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