Flat Earth Society - Cheer Me, Perverts!

SKU CRAM 138
Another terrific album by this amazing 14-piece new-music big band that combines out rock, jazz, new music and much, much more! Great playing from everyone and highly recommended!

"Welcome back, dear dwellers of earth, to planet FES. The finest, wildest, most colourful and least traditional jazz big band in this or any stratosphere are back with their second album for Crammed Discs. The title, ‘Cheer Me, Perverts!’ – an anagram of the name of the FES main man, Belgian composer and clarinetist Peter Vermeersch – does the job as a soundbite for this fabulous new repetoire from the 14-piece group: sharp yet ambiguous, cheeky, alluding a little to the dark side... but ultimately making a compelling case to the deviant streak in us all. Each of the usual FES elements are in place...that is to say, absolutely nothing usual whatsoever: car-chase funk that careers off the road and into walls of blistering ensemble brass, wonky screwball jazz that wears its trousers proudly round its ankles... a gentle early Miles moment that gets a scary visitation from Bernard ‘Psycho/Taxi Driver’ Hermann in the shower... you know the deal by now – or rather you don’t, which is what makes hitching the FES wagon such a thrilling ride every time."

"Flat Earth Society, hailing from Belgium, has every bit of the circusy, genre-jumping, soundtrack-esque, Raymond Scott-like, smirky moodiness that characterizes the Knitting Factory diaspora. Where that sound can sometimes turn snarky and sarcastic, the group wisely remains earnest and open." — Downbeat

"While the members of the Flat Earth Society can readily ply pre-war 1940s big band charts with conviction and emotional commitment, they can also whip up a frenzy in the matter of such postmodern iconoclasts as John Zorn and Phillip Johnston... an acoustic big band with the energy of an electrified punk band. But much like punk, the group's enthusiasm and vigor is sonically accessible: it's never so extreme that it drifts into cacophonous excess." — Allaboutjazz.com

"If you thought big band music in the 21st century was confined to repertory bands, think again. Flat Earth Society is a hard-swinging outfit that knows the past but has its eye on the future." — All Music Guide
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