Jonny Phillips [guitar, composer]
Ingrid Laubrock [tenor saxophone]
Fernando de Marco/Ruth Goller [bass guitar]
Ben Davis [cello]
Nick Ramm [keys]
Seb Rochford [drums]
Adriano Adewale Itauna [percussion]
"The soundtrack to a story of joy and longing born from an irresistible impulse to travel but never to arrive"
Migration is Oriole's second album, a sensory banquet of soaring melodies, colourful South American folklore, lively dances and emotional ballads of longing. Music that creates a rich, emotionally disquieting world that is at once familiar and dreamlike. A world of freedom, of movement, of dusty roads and traveling musicians in shaded market squares whose journey will never end. These are songs of magical realism mingling elements of fantasy, myth, desire and wanderlust in renderings that blur traditional distinctions between what is serious or trivial, melancholic or joyous.
There's no trace of "second-album syndrome" in Oriole's follow up to Song for the Sleeping. Bandleader and prolific guitarist-composer Jonny Phillips seems to have tunes coming out of his ears, yet he has the discipline to make them into satisfying pieces. He also has a fantastic team to interpret his compositions, mostly drawn from the F-ire Collective. (John L. Walters, Guardian)
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