Award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Glen Scott, with his multinational ensemble Orcastratum, releases this self-titled live-recorded debut album on the Swedish Compunctio label. Orcastratum is in addition to Glen Scott at the piano, guitarist Eric Appapoulay who, among other things, played with Neneh Cherry and at the base we find Neville Malcolm heard with Gregory Porter. From the beginning, Orcastratum is rhythmically driven by the percussionist Ralph Salmin, who has been nominated for the best drummer at the British Jazz Awards and played with everything from BBC Big Band via Björk to Bob Dylan.
But at Orcastratum we also find the Eric Bibb, Grammy-nominated this year, giving a bluesy spice on the track where Shaneeka Simon is also spreading joy with his song. The Swedish vocalist Berg unites his wordless song with the jazzy debuts of the saxophonist Binker Goulding. Solo Cissokho in front of classically beautiful griot singing playing on his choir. Orcastratum is briefly a recording of a nice and magical moment in Dean St Studios in Soho, London.
Reviewed by: Lennarrrt Olausson