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In case you haven't heard, F-IRE is a collective of musicians, bands, dancers and visual artists - the nearest thing we have to an M-Base umbrella, yet musically more diverse. Their expansive identity is well evident in 'F-ire Works', a 10-track showcase of some of the smartest bands in town. Robert Mitchell's Wayne Shorter tribute band, Shorter Stories kicks the album off with 'At the Fair', a live, folksy track marked by Norma Winstone¹s vocals and Julian Siegel¹s stirring soprano. A common element throughout many of the tracks is brilliant cellist Ben Davis, whose Basquiat Strings shine on 'Double Dares'. Also notable is raw tenor saxist Ingrid Laubrock, whose quintet make beautiful work of 'Clara'. She also appears on French guitarist Jon Bratoeff¹s darkly soulful 'Wandering Minds'. Watch out for stunning vocalist Juliet Biel too, and her earthy singing on 'Song for the Sleeping' - a gorgeous lullaby performed by guitarist Jonny Phillips' Oriole. Too much to talk about here, from Acoustic Ladyland's brooding 'Some Other Sky', to the harmolodic, Ghanaian funk of 'Timeline' or Jade Fox's anthemic 'A Space for Lucian'. A sampler of some very fine acts, and a very good album for its own sake.'
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