Ancient Infinity Orchestra – River of Light

In the vibrant creative heart of Leeds, in the north of England, double bassist and composer Ozzy Moysey leads the 14-piece jazz ensemble Ancient Infinity Orchestra. Saxophonist Mathew Cliffe, known for his collaboration with Matthew Halsall, is a key figure in the changing line-up, which consists of drums, two bassists, keyboards, harp, violin, cello, two tenors, alto, oboe, flute and percussion.Their debut album on Gondwana Records, entitled “River of Light”, draws deeply from the wellspring of spiritual jazz and is particularly inspired by the soulful sounds of Pharoah Sanders, Alice and John Coltrane. These influences are beautifully expressed in the song “Pharoah Sings”. The album also embodies a northern sensibility, similar to the music of Matthew Halsall or Alabaster de Plume. Melodic, warm and sincere; the music proudly wears its heart on its sleeve.The power of “River of Light” also lies in the collective effort of musician friends, who come together deeply in a celebration of connection and music creation. Both moving and meditative, this confidently profound work draws on philosophy and nature, in addition to musical inspirations. Recorded over three days, the ensemble was augmented by a choir of more than a dozen friends from Brighton, UK, adding a joyful layer to this beautiful musical journey. A beautiful album for those who love jazz and ambient, or for anyone who wants some peace of mind. (Jan Vranken) (8/10) (Gondwana records)

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