Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra - Take Off!

This huge, 20 piece German band, led by Daniel Gatzel who composes all the music, mixes some pop elements with jazz and traditional classical music touches, as well as exotica and beyond. It doesn't necessarily push stylistic envelopes, but it's a gloriously scored and rich sound - how could it NOT be with all these instruments playing live - and this is really nice and a much too rare experience in terms of orchestral color combined with music that I actually care about. Not strictly jazz, definitely not strictly rock or pop and not strictly anything but cool and fun and well done. Great cover art and beautiful/cool comix-style art booklet. Conditionally recommended.

Daniel Glatzel (tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet), Oliver Roth (flute), Laure Mourot (flute, alto flute, piccolo flute), Sebastian Hägele (bassoon), Johannes Schleiermacher (baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone), Aki Sebastian Ruhl (trumpet, flugelhorn), Magnus Schriefl (trumpet, flugelhorn), Gerhard Gschlössl (trombone, sousaphone), Karl Ivar Refseth (vibraphone), Andi Haberl (drums), Anna Viechtl (harp), Kalle Zeier (guitar), Andi Waelti (contrabass), Matthew Lonson (violin), Josa Gerhard (violin), Mokkapan Phongphit (violin), Johannes Pennetzdorfer (viola), Martin Stupka (viola), Charlotte Jacke (cello), Isabelle Klemt (cello).

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Some sort of extraterrestrial merger of Ed Palermo's big-band take on Zappa, Sun Ra's mighty Arkestra and Brian Irvine's avantjazz ensemble. One minute these guys are rapidly orbiting Iapetus, the next second they're channeling Jerry Goldsmith's goofy exotica for the FLINT movies. The packaging has several pages of incredible comic-book art as well. Really nice if you're a fan of this sort of thing. I am, and it is.
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