Inspired by the Warsaw Ghetto this suite by Sam Eastmond and Nikki Franklin features three different-sized ensembles and melds jazz, klezmer, avant-garde and free improvisation.
- 1.Life Before2:49
- 3.Life After4:11
- 4.Child Smugglers1:59
- 6.Life Inside2:10
- 9.Pesach 19432:39
Spike Orchestra is bringing Jewish music into some amazing and beautiful territory. With great writing and inspired playing, they have one foot in the past, one in the present, and another solidly in the future (yes, that’s three feet). Highly recommended!
There are plenty of specifics to admire here: the attention paid to the programming of the album; some standout solo contributions, not so much ‘balanced with’ as ‘integrated within’ the compositional elements; the imaginative use of bass clarinet and accordion to augment subtly the traditional big band palette; and much else besides.”
Speaking more broadly, in drawing on many and varied jazz and klezmer influences as it does, the music of course has clear stylistic precedents. But ultimately, it sounds like nothing quite so much as itself, which is probably absolutely the most which can ever be asked of creative music.
The Spike Orchestra: tracks 2,5,8 & 10
Spiketet: tracks 1,3 & 6
Duo: tracks 4,7 & 9
Album recorded mixed and mastered By BGS at Kungar Sound Studios August 2014
Assistant Engineer X.Iles
Produced By Sam Eastmond, Nikki Franklin and BGS