Lars Moller, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra – Glow Of Benares (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Lars Moller, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra – Glow Of Benares (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:32 minutes | 439 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Dacapo

With “Glow of Benares”, saxophonist/composer Lars Møller summarises 25 years of working with Indian music. On this recording, whose title refers to the holiest of the sacred cities in Hinduism, Indian melodic ragas and rhythms are combined with the orchestral formats of jazz and western music, as the two Indian musicians Kala Ramnath and Abhijit Banerjee meet the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra and the Danish Sinfonietta.

Lars Moller leads a line-up of Danish and Indian jazz musicians, who merge two worlds on ‘Glow of Benares’- 25 years ago, Moller studied jazz in New York before going to India to study their traditional instruments and the raga. This release is a follow up to what is considered the climax so far in Moller’s career as a jazz composer, “ReWrite of Spring” (2015), which was a large-scale reworking of Stravinsky’s iconic ‘Le Sacre du printemps.” All About Jazz wrote “Ambitious project, brilliantly conceived,” while Downbeat Magazine wrote: “A soaring, sprawling conception, combining exquisite detail with monumental vision.” This colorful and dramatic album of compositions which combine Indian melodic ragas and rhythms with the orchestral formats of jazz and western music is expected to be just as well received.

01 – Glow of Benares
02 – Indian Skies
03 – Funky Jog
04 – Indian Train Ride
05 – Epilogue: Mumbai Footprints

Recorded at DR Koncerthuset, Studio 2, on 7-8 May 2016.
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Thor Madsen and Lars Møller at Mazza Mansion, MillFactory Studios, Copenhagen.

Kala Ramnath – violin & vocals
Abhiit Banerjee – tabla & pakhawaj
Aarhus Jazz Orchestra
The Danish Sinfonieta (Randers Kammerorkester)
Lars Møller – composer & conductor