- 01 – CIRCE
- 02 – BLUES FOR NOBODY
- 03 – CALYPSO SYMPHONY
- 04 – WEAVE & UNDO
- 05 – DO NOT OPEN THE AEOLUS’S BAG
- 06 – WHEN THE SIRENS SING
- 07 – RETURN TO ITHACA
ODYSSEUS FANTASY / Will Galison – Karim Maurice – La Camerata
Karim Maurice, Will Galison, and string orchestra La Camerata present Odysseus Fantasy, an album supported by the French American Jazz Exchange (FAJE).
This fascinating collaboration was inspired by one of the most celebrated of all literary works, Homer’s Odyssey. Musical polymath Karim Maurice’s dreamlike original compositions are based on the epic tale of Ulysses, resulting in a soundworld of freshness and depth. The composer and pianist is joined by world-renowned harmonica-player Will Galison, described by master Toots Thielemans as “the most original and individual of the new generation of harmonica players”. The line-up is completed by a double bass and drum players, a harp and versatile french string orchestra from Lyon, La Camerata, led by violinist Gaël Rassaert.
“… this is richly-textured, often sumptuous music… Galison’s playing shines throughout, as does Maurice’s…”
The Scotsman - Jim Gilchrist / 20 May 2019
Will Galison, Karim Maurice, La Camerata: Odysseus Fantasy (Odradek Records) ****
Featuring chromatic harmonica virtuoso Will Galison, jazz trio and the strings of La Camerata, this orchestral jazz take on the Homeric epic is by the award-winning French pianist and composer Karim Maurice, who plays in trio with Brice Berrerd on double bass and drummer Thibaud Pontet. From the opening piece, Circe, this is richly textured, often sumptuous music, Galison’s harmonica evoking the fateful weaver over a suspenseful growl on bass strings before orchestra, harmonica and trio embark on their voyage. Galison’s playing shines throughout – as does Maurice’s, in Calypso Symphony, for instance, with its call-and-response between soloists, pulsating strings and harp, while an angry Poseidon prompts a sombre string prelude to the trio’s strut in Blues for Nobody. Weave and Undo sees a languorous duet between harmonica and harp, while a dramatic finale whips up an inexorable beat and shrilling strings for the hero’s return to Ithaca.