World of Jazz – 27th September 2012

The featured album this week is the brand new release from Fontanelle.

Portland’s FONTANELLE formed in 1998 by guitarist Rex Ritter and keyboardist Andy Brown, after the dissolution of their previous band Jessamine. After the gap of nearly 10 years since their last release, FONTANELLE return with a brand new album entitled Vitamin F which will be released on Southern Lord in the UK on 5th November.

For this brand new recording, FONTANELLE has been trying to transport themselves back in time to 1973 into Patrick Gleeson’s Different Fur Trading Company Studio. Through the studio expertise of Randall Dunn (sunn 0))), Black Mountain, Wolves in the Throne Room), it sounds like they made it!

Rex Ritter’s tour of duty with sunn 0))) during FONTANELLE’s hiatus seems to have irreparably changed his DNA, as well as the entire band’s. Adding an amazing array of horn players, many of whom were heard on the most recent sunn 0))) LP Monoliths & Dimensions, FONTANELLE have fortified their jazz vocabulary and have conjured a burly fusion approach that has been dubbed “White Magus” – a sound sure to appeal to fans of Miles Davis (circa 1969-74), Tortoise and The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
On Vitamin F – the full FONTANELLE lineup including Rex Ritter, Andy Brown, Mat Morgan, Borg Norm, Brian Foote and Paul Dickow – guest contributions from Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin), Steve Moore (Earth, sunn 0))), Hans Teuber, Eric Walton (Skerik), Jef Brown (Jackie-O MF) and Dave Carter add to the mix of influences culminating in this forty-three minute adventure. The fluidity of these enhanced and intricate arrangements as created by this dynamic force of musicians sounds absolutely effortless. Vitamin F is a masterpiece of fuzzed out funk, and a tour de force in improvisation.

You can stream the show here…..

Tracklist:

1 Fontanelle Ataxia Vitamin F
2 Parliament Night of the Thumpasaurus People Mothership Connection
3 Lee Morgan Party Time The Procastinator
4 Fontanelle Watermelon Hands Vitamin F
5 Charles Mingus AdagIo Ma Non Troppo Let My Children Hear Music
6 Matana Roberts Thrills The Chicago Project
7 Fontanelle Vitamin F Vitamin F
8 Stanley Turrentine My Ship Jubilee Shout!
9 Miles Davis Jean Pierre We Want Miles
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