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 Joan Torres’ All Is Fused – Of The Musical – Album Review

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To anyone who has a hard time listening to modern jazz, it can often be a mix of not accessible enough and just not being into the overall aesthetic of the sounds, but every so often the write talent can cut through all that. On the latest release from Joan TorresAll Is Fused, called Of The Musical, the group manage to hit that beautiful mix of amazing jams of technical talent and compositional bliss that create a kind of jazzy sound that will appeal to genre and non-genre fans alike.

Opening on the deceptively quiet “Invaded” the album quickly bursts with frantic energy from the popping bass, driving drum section and passionate saxophone. The track shifts gears throughout with every slower groove-based section paving the way for the next rush of energy. The bass comes alive on “Demiurge” with saxophone driving the melodies. Between some killer stop-and-go sections, relentless solos and harmonious lick the track never lets up on the hard hitting moments until the track ends.

There’s a dark chaos “Explore” that shows a much more disturbed side of the group, with its guitars and saxophones more menacing than soothing, and drums more a fallout of the song’s chaos than the control behind it. The open feel to “Ultramarine” doesn’t do much to soothe this, pushing the night-time feel to a bitter rain feeling thanks to some sustain and clever drumming. The powerful guitar and non-stop rhythms really make the solo here one of the biggest climaxes of the record.

“Constant Stream” has one of the most driving rhythms of the album, that really pushes the feel of the song to speed and movement, with even its more reserved moments containing a sense of urgency to them. The way the machine-like percussion mixes with the electronic synth line is a divine section that is in essence controlled chaos. The final downbeat notes come on “Stream of Melancholy” where the band go from down and out to a vicious and empowered finally across eight minutes of masterfully dynamic playing.

The hope comes back on “Look Around” as it slowly builds speed through a constant solo and the drums constant switch between freestyling and driving the beat, which it cleverly does with the guitar. On the over 10 minute epic closer “Unleashed” the energy left in the album is just that. Switching between smooth grooves, and aggressive groove and solo sections the track is sprawl across every feel the band can manage, all while subtly pushing the tempo and dynamics of the song. The way the band shifts between each feeling is so seamless it’s almost like a natural cross-fade at times. Overall the track is an amazing final showcase on an album brimming with talent to give the band one final bang to go out on.


Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Lee’s Palace – Toronto Live Review

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Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Lee’s Palace – Toronto Live Review

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Who: Lemon Bucket Orkestra
From: Toronto, ON
Where: Lee’s Palace
When: Friday, March 14th, 2014

Total Score: 9.4/10

Arriving at Lee’s Palace with a caravan of traveling musicians and dancers, Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s first night of their double-header Birthday Party Carnival was truly a celebration. With support from the Montreal troupe Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, the show was an all-out dance party. Featuring a rainbow of bright costumes and an array of instruments, both bands brought a distinctive flavour of folk to the stage.

A mixture of influences blended together seamlessly throughout the night. Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra kicked off the carnival atmosphere with jazzy brass, soulful strings and the most energetic maracas shaking I’ve ever seen – and I’ve been to a lot of carnivals! These guys set the crowd on fire with their masterful combination of flamenco and jazz elements, along with nonstop percussion and dazzling theatrics.

Lemon Bucket brought the full force of over a dozen incredibly talented musicians in perfect synchronicity with each other, driving the crowd absolutely wild. Every single person in the venue was dancing and fully engaged with the band. The crowd’s energy was on fire all night, and the flames were stoked especially here and there by the individual solos from each performer. I would be hard pressed to choose a favourite! Everyone brought clear mastery of their chosen instruments. Pair that effect with incredibly gorgeous bellydance and burlesque performances, and by the time the show was over I felt like Cinderella realizing it was way past midnight.

Brimming with life and energy and yellow neckerchiefs, the dancers adorned with blue and yellow, the bands also featured a silent auction of amazing artwork, and a raffle with the grand prize of an in-house concert. All proceeds are to assist victims of the ongoing struggle in the Ukraine. I can honestly say I’m looking forward to the Junos this year, as Lemon Bucket are nominated for Best World Album. Best of luck to you, traveling Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk Super-Band!

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Written by Danielle Griscti
Photography: by Nathan Mills

 


Toronto POTW: The Heavy Edition – March 14th, 2014 – Lemon Bucket Orkestra

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Who: Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Where: Lee’s Palace
When: Friday, March 14th, 2014 and Saturday, March 15th, 2014
How Much: $20 for each day, $30 for both days

It’s not all doom and gloom here in the heavy quarters of The Scene Magazine. With brutal weather like this the only right thing to do is to get merry to the sounds of this gypsy punk collective. Lemon Bucket are celebrating their 4th birthday and their first Juno nomination with a two-day carnival at Lee’s Palace. They will be sharing the stage with their friends from Montreal – Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra and New York’s Raya Brass Band. It’s gonna get wild!

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Dr. Draw – Icicles

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Dr. Draw – Icicles

Duration: 3:02

From: Toronto, ON
Style: World Music/Electric Violin
Release Date: Dec. 11, 2013

4/5 —Too Hot To Trot – Excellent new release from Canada’s leading violinist Dr. Draw

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Dr. Draw’s Super Awesome Holiday Video Podcast

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Dr. Draw’s Super Awesome Holiday Video Podcast

Duration: 23:38

From: Toronto, ON
Style: World Music/Electric Violin
Release Date: December 11, 2013

5/5 —Instant Classic

Dr. Draw’s Super Awesome Holiday Video Podcast featuring a Video/music MIX by Yoshimasa Koga is a cut above the grade.   The performance inspires visuals and emotions that render the listener speechless.   There is a slight hint of EDM Jungle in the mix that makes the listener want to move followed by mellow moments that make you want to lay down.  The violin virtuoso starts out with a series of complex poly-rhythmic pizzicato intricacies that would make even the hardest critic’s hair stand up on end.  Upon multiple listens I could find nothing wrong with it.   This is a performance to ad to any collection and when played on your random playlist will make you stop to take notice…guaranteed!

Download it HERE

Dr. Draw is performing a one time only unique Christmas show Dec. 20 at the Vigrin Mobile Mod Club in Toronto.

All the proceeds from the evening go towards the Dr. Draw Strange Parade charitable initiative which begins work with under privileged children and children with cancer in Sri-Lanka and South Asia in January 2014.

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