Mercurial Balm

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All Music Guide - Campbell
The core duo of Food, U.K. saxophonist Iain Ballamy and drummer/electronic artist Thomas Str?nen, initially founded the band as a quartet in the late '90s, then pared down to a duo in 2006. On their second release for ECM, Mercurial Balm, the duo mixes electric and acoustic material with guest musicians Eivind Aarset on guitar and electronics, Indian slide guitarist and singer Prakash Sontakke, trumpeter Nils Petter Molv?r, and second guitarist Christian Fennesz. These four musicians are all over the musical map but are equally adept at improvisation and intuitively knowing what not to play. Recorded live between 2010 and 2011 at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in England and the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
The core duo of Food, U.K. saxophonist Iain Ballamy and drummer/electronic artist Thomas Strønen, initially founded the band as a quartet in the late '90s, then pared down to a duo in 2006. On their second release for ECM, Mercurial Balm, the duo mixes electric and acoustic material with guest musicians Eivind Aarset on guitar and electronics, Indian slide guitarist and singer Prakash Sontakke, trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær, and second guitarist Christian Fennesz. These four musicians are all over the musical map but are equally adept at improvisation and intuitively knowing what not to play. Recorded live between 2010 and 2011 at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in England and the Victoria National Jazz Scene club in Norway, with a studio segment that took place at Rainbow Studio in Oslo.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2013
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 602537094400
  • Catalog Number: 001792402
  • Sales rank: 2,198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nebular - Thomas Strønen (5:54)
  2. 2 Celestial Food - Thomas Strønen (4:26)
  3. 3 Ascendant - Thomas Strønen (6:00)
  4. 4 Phase - Thomas Strønen (3:49)
  5. 5 Astral - Thomas Strønen (9:09)
  6. 6 Moonpie - Thomas Strønen (4:33)
  7. 7 Chanterelle - Thomas Strønen (3:46)
  8. 8 Mercurial Balm - Thomas Strønen (5:01)
  9. 9 Magnetosphere - Thomas Strønen (6:19)
  10. 10 Galactic Roll - Thomas Strønen (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Food Primary Artist
Iain Ballamy Saxophone, electronics
Eivind Aarset Guitar, electronics
Nils Petter Molvær Trumpet
Christian Fennesz Guitar, electronics
Thomas Strønen Percussion, Drums, Saxophone
Prakash Sontakke Vocals, Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Iain Ballamy Composer
Eivind Aarset Composer
Manfred Eicher Producer
Nils Petter Molvær Composer
Paul Nickson Engineer
Christian Fennesz Composer
Food Producer
Thomas Strønen Composer
Pete Freshney Engineer
Thomas Wunsch Cover Photo
Peer Espen Ursfjord Engineer
David Solheim Engineer
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