**** Jazz's angelic upstarts expand the genre's boundaries
This album encapsulates what the F-ire collective is all about - a heterogeneous collection of young musicians who are constantly mutating into numerous outfits. The main exhibits on this two-CD set are the tracks by Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear, who have been flavour of the month for, well, months. Nonetheless there are equally strong tracks by, among others, Ingrid Laubrock, Jonny Phillips's Oriole, Robert Mitchell's Panacea and Julia Biel. All of these artists are, by swimming against the tide of an increasingly homogenised jazz scene, alerting the world to their multifaceted talents. There is a God after all, it would appear.