Fire! Orchestra – Second Exit (Live) (2014)

Fire! Orchestra - Second Exit (Live) (2014)
Artist: Fire! Orchestra
Album: Second Exit (Live)
Genre: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Origin: Sweden
Released: 2014
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Second Exit Part One
Second Exit Part Two


Not only in our opinion, but also in those of The Wire, Quietus, Mojo and Jazzwise Fire! Orchestra’s “Exit” was one of the most interesting, daring, adventurous, thrilling, exciting – in one word: best – albums of 2013. Maybe the exuberant reviews were also a reason why Mats Gustafsson and his men were touring Europe, in Scandinavia they really managed to stage the whole crew sometimes (up to 30 musicians), for the rest of Europe they boiled it down to at least 13 members including new member Goran Kajfes on cornet and previous Fire!guest and guitar wizard Oren Ambarchi. And if you think that this reduction weakens the impact the music has on you, you are definitely wrong.

Basically “Second Exit” is just a live version of “Exit”, the two tracks are again “Part One” and “Part Two”, so the frame, the notated parts are the same as on “Exit”. The music differs as to the vocals – Mariam Valentin’s hippiesque-psychedelic voice and Sonja Jernberg’s helium-induced phrasings are even more in the foreground than on the studio album – and the increased use of electronics and guitar. Again the music on this album creates an atmosphere which is strained to the breaking point, it is a permanent up and down of shock waves.

The most incredible and exquisite parts are the reeds battles between Elin Larsson and Goran Kajfes, Oren Ambarchi’s solo in front of the wall of sound of the orchestra, and the electronics’ meandering in “Part Two”, before the tutti parts bring the whole thing to a painful end.

“Second Exit” is simply another bitches’ brew of frenetic noise, dirty rock grooves, manic electronic sounds, genre-crossing elements, solo versus razor-sharp brass sections, and soul/free jazz.
By Martin Schray

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