I would like to start my review with a heartfelt thank you to lemmi. He was the one who brought this incredibly strange yet fascinating project to my attention. Ashes on my head: I completely slept through the release in January of this year.
It's crystal clear to me that this record won't be to everyone's taste. Maybe that's why I like it all the more. The recordings for "Fire feat. Adrian Sherwood“ (Salgari Records) were created on October 04th, 2020 at the Turin Jazz Festival, in Italy. A musical audio-video project so ambitious that I like to use the band's biography as a litmus test for what is conjured up on this record: Fire feat. Adrian Sherwood is a collision of electronic music, Dub, jazz, global beats, field recordings and visual arts. It is the condensation of musical and visual languages that is all-encompassing for both artists and audiences. Five seasoned musicians, one English Dub-Legend - Adrian Sherwood, the absolute "guardian deity" of English Dub - and a video artist combine the techniques of contemporary electronic jazz with liveDubbing and the real-time performance of a movie collide. Between the audience and the musicians, the film was projected onto a screen on the stage.
Now these fascinating live recordings have finally been made available to the public. The most remarkable ensemble was founded by trumpeter Ivan Bert (Dark Magus Orchestra, Emma for Peace, Jazz TO Nepal). Joining the crew were: saxophonist Gianni Denitto (Zion Train, TUN, Kora Beat), vibraphonist and percussionist Pasquale Mirra – one of Europe's most versatile and inspired jazz vibraphonists – (Mop Mop, C-mon Tigre), drummer Filoq (Italian Institute of Cumbia, Uhuru Republic, Vinicio Capossela), and multi-instrumentalist, guitarist and producer Marco "Benz" Gentile (Africa Unite, Meg, Architorti). Riccardo Franco-Loiri aka Akasha was responsible for the visuals of this multimedia project.
In short: the result is lysergic. Soothing and unsettling atmospheres were created. The changes between human voices and bizarre exotic elements as well as between jazz elements and post-industrial loneliness were perfectly integrated into the overall concept. The band, but also Adrian Sherwood are truly »on fire«. By Sherwood's geniuses Dub-Mix with e.g. T. long-forgotten samples from Prince Far I, Andy Fairley, Dub Syndicate and Albert Einstein, the final product is amplified disproportionately. There they are, the unheard sounds, because On .U Sound presents: "Tunes from the Missing Channel"! The interaction between Fire and Sherwood is breathtaking. In my opinion, only the open-minded AM Sherwood, who has always broken all conventions, can do something like that. Unique!