Title - Modern Acoustic World Jazz Rock
Artist - Freedom Tree
For those unaware, multicultural group Freedom Tree have achieved international popularity among music fans for their eclectic performances, drawing from 3 continents.
Together, guitarist Steinar Aadnekvam (Norway), bassist Rubem Farias (Brazil) and drummer/singer Deodato Siquir (Mozambique) have performed hundreds of concerts in some 17 countries across Europe, Eurasia, Africa and the USA before making this brand new album, Modern Acoustic World Jazz Rock (out now).
Formerly known as Freedom’s Trio, the band has undergone a slight name change in 2021, embracing the name Freedom Tree - a significant name with deep connotations - and with their new album they continue characteristically in the vein of an eclectic afro jazz rock expression, whilst sustaining the desire to be firmly rooted in both past and present.
Aptly titled Modern Acoustic World Jazz Rock, the new album was recorded live in studio during the pandemic with the performance originally live streamed to a group of fans.
Only afterwards did the band realize that the music captured was of such a high quality in both performance and recording that it deserved to be released as a proper album.
The album features a set of familiar tracks from the bands original repertoire in what is arguably their best recording to date.
What we hear is a band that has lived together on tour for a number of years, honing their interplay through hundreds of concerts, perfecting their compositions and collective musical presence to such a degree that there is not a split second of temporary loss of focus to be found anywhere on this live studio album.
2. Troubled Dogs
3. Vhuya Ka Mina
4. For All
5. Turn On Your Light
6. Terra Mae / Motherland
7. Cold Shower
This truly wondrous and contextually ambient new album opens on the up-tempo and funky Freedom and backs that up seamlessly with the methodically layered fervor of Troubled Dogs and then we get the gracefully free flowing, lyrically effervescent Vhuya Ka Mina.
The earnest compassion and honed resonance found within For All makes the track one of the stand out highlights here for me and that is followed by the beautifully melodic, rhythmically ambient Turn On Your Light, the album rounding out on the gently fervent remunerations given within Terra Mae / Motherland, closing on the upbeat blues/jazz/funk, Level 42-esque Cold Shower.
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