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Garden Beast

by Iordache

Saxophonist Iordache's septet plays an album of compositions inspired by life in his own garden, in a jazz fusion style, featuring some of the best Romanian musicians and guest singer Sanem Kalfa on "Magnolia"
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Garden Beast
6:27 $0.99
2. Captain Rabbit
6:18 $0.99
3. Summer Rain
5:42 $0.99
4. Spider's Diner
4:03 $0.99
5. My Dog Zorro
5:13 $0.99
6. Pond Reflections
4:26 $0.99
7. Magnolia
6:57 $0.99
8. Earthworm
5:16 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"It’s my first album where the tunes are linked by a common thread. I have been living in a house with a garden for the last twenty years and I could observe nature changing, from day to day and from season to season, according to its own rhythm. This often makes me consider our responsibility towards the environment." (Mihai Iordache, on We Are Here, the crowdfunding website which helped produce the album)

"Despite the soft sensation of playfulness coming out of Garden Beast, the music is not an invitation to a walk outside the house to see the trees, the flowers and the bees, neither to seek comfortable accommodation for reading a book in quiet. There is a strong feeling of witnessing an independent movie about a living garden and its occupants, where something new happens each day.

The album is a band product, with steady themes and switches between lead and supporting instruments. The band is a septet. Besides Mihai Iordache, the brass section brings together the trumpet player Sebastian Burneci and the trombonist Florian Radu. The rhythmic section features Utu Pascu on electric bass and Tavi Scurtu on drums, the guitarist Dan Alex Mitrofan and Toni Kuhn on keyboards. Their music is cinematic, imaginative and animated.

The songs are quite descriptive with melodic solos, keyboard layers and tempered endings. The album title track Garden Beast stands for an excellent choice as opening track, the first expressive sounds of bass are promising an irresistible audition. Captain Rabbit continues at the same note of funky dance grooves. Summer Rain goes deeper into free style with excellent saxophone and guitar solos. My Dog Zorro brings a pleasing bossa-nova feeling while the Pond Reflection is exquisitely evoking an entire brass band.

Nevertheless, Spider’s Dinner, Magnolia and Earthworm are the highlights of the album, with deeper composition techniques. Beautiful tracks with dynamic sudden changes in rhythm and dynamics, syncopation, more free improvisation, and variable solo cadenza.

The only track with vocals, Magnolia is the most contemplative piece from the record, evolving from a soothing voice (the Turkish vocalist Sanem Kalfa as special guest on the album) to trombone and trumpet solos. (Concert Monkey, Belgium)

The ending track, Earthworm, is quickly becoming a favorite. It kicks off with keyboards and puts together an engaging rhythmic section, saxophone improvisation, trumpet interventions in the most energetic and joyful song ever written about such weird and still fragile creature.

Listening to Garden Beast made me constantly think of Sid Barrett's favorite children's book, The Wind in the Willows, evoking a world with weird but wonderful characters, revealing a sweet universe in continuous danger and change which calls for our care and devotion to be kept forever." (Concert Monkey, Belgium)

Musicians:
Iordache – alto saxophone, vocals (on Magnolia), arrangements
Sebastian Burneci – trumpet
Florian Radu – trombone
Toni Kühn – keyboards, electric guitar on Captain Rabbit
Dan Alex Mitrofan – electric guitar
Uţu Pascu – electric bass
Tavi Scurtu – drums, tambourine

Special Guest: Sanem Kalfa – lead vocals on Magnolia

Recorded at La Bază Studio in Iaşi, by Vladimir Ivanov and Uţu Pascu, courtesy of Cristian Tofan – thanks for a wonderful week!
Mixed by Uţu Pascu in Timişoara, Cheile Nerei and on several trains.

All tunes by Iordache. Captain Rabbit contains elements from Funiculi Funicula by Luigi Denza (1880, public domain). My Dog Zorro contains elements from Echinox by Marius Popp from the album Nodul Gordian (1983), used with the composer’s permission.

Cover art by Medicine Madison.

Copyright 2013 Mihai Iordache and Fiver House Records.

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