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Thomas Strønen & Iain Ballamy: Mercurial Balm

Food

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1.1
Nebular
Food
5:55
1.2
Celestial Food
Food
4:27
1.3
Ascendant
Food
6:01
1.4
Phase
Food
3:49
1.5
Astral
Food
9:10
1.6
Moonpie
Food
4:33
1.7
Chanterelle
Food
3:47
1.8
Mercurial Balm
Food
5:01
1.9
Magnetosphere
Food
6:19
1.10
Galactic Roll
Food
4:43
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Total Playing Time    53:45
"If moving to ECM has given Food greater international presence, Mercurial Balm deserves to garner the group even greater acclaim ... electronics have become integral, organic and seamless extensions when desired ... it's the group's most impressive recording yet, with Strønen and Ballamy's intrinsic electroacoustic sophistication now enhanced with a greater cast of characters ..." - All About Jazz "Five Stars ... washes of sound, shot through with percussion figures, will swell up from pianissimo beginnings that are virtually imperceptible: the sounds establish themselves almost before you register their presence ... the deftness and invention with which Food and guests layer and juxtapose the components open up ever more intriguing vistas, resulting in a rich, multidimensional experience." - BBC Music Magazine On this 2012 release, Norwegian drummer Thomas Strønen and British saxophonist Iain Ballamy, the core duo of Food, are surrounded by several impressive musical colleagues for live performances in Norway, England and Germany and studio sessions recorded in Oslo. Indian slide guitarist and singer Prakash Sontakke is teamed up with Eivind Aarset’s atmospheric guitar and electronics on the studio tracks, while the live songs feature Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz, continuing the sonic experiments begun on the highly acclaimed Quiet Inlet. Trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær joins Strønen, Ballamy and Fennesz on one track recorded in Mannheim.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Studio Masters

Recorded 2010 and 2011 at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Victoria National Jazz Scene, Oslo Recording engineers: Paul Nickson, Pete Freshney (Cheltenham), David Solheim (Victoria), Per Espen Ursfjord (Rainbow Studio) Mixed at Rainbow Studio, Oslo by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Manfred Eicher Cover Photo: Thomas Wunsch Liner Photos: Trym Schade Warloe, Monika Rokicka (6), Steve Louie (7) Design: Sascha Kleis Produced by Manfred Eicher and Food

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