Magazine article New Internationalist

Resistance

Magazine article New Internationalist

Resistance

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Resistance

MUSIC Resistance by Souljazz Orchestra (Strut Records, STRUT 136, CD, LP, download)

Hailing from Ottawa's Souljazz Orchestra, this infectious album kicks offas it means to go on. To blasting trumpets, sax and a samba rhythm comes the chorus of Resistance's opener, 'Greet the Dawn': 'If you kick a dog enough, the dog bites back.' (These last four words are accentuated by saxophone stabs from Ray Murray and drum thumps from Marielle Rivard and Philippe Lafrenière.) Band leader (and vintage keyboard player) Pierre Chrétien has his band dancing towards righteousness, for this is an album that orientates its funk towards a social conscience. The orchestra - mostly a sextet that makes a big noise - has been around now for over 12 years, its solid funk basis attracting a strong following. But on Resistance, the orchestra has refocused itself for a fifth album in the wake of the Iraq war, the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring, to pleasing effect. …

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