Channeling spiritual/modal jazz and Latin rhythms, they simultaneously reference the greats such as Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, while maintaining a fresh perspective on ensemble dynamics.
Perhaps the group’s name is no coincidence – each instrument seems to be in orbit around the concept of symbiotic synergy – and everyone is given equal space to shine; from a psychedelic Karg, to a delirious saxophone or the gentle ripples of a harp.There’s a huge array of keyboards.skillfully manned by the likes of Guy Harrison and Cory Champion (Clear Path Ensemble), with a standout acoustic piano solo by Harrison on “Plume”.
Not to be outshone, the wind section delivers ecstatic saxophone riffs, fluttering flutes and solid horn choruses throughout. Meanwhile, providing vital foundational support are the percussion (Soundway alumnus Julien Dyne), vibraphone, acoustic bass and full choir arranged by Matt Hunter.
“Name checking Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, The Circling Sun is collective murderer’s row of New Zealand jazz luminaries crafting modal/spiritual jazz.” – Aquarium Drunkard
‘The vocal, trilling flute lines, the afro-cuban piano stabs, those scuttling rhythms, sci -fl synths, the choral highs and sighs, all blend to give ‘Kohan’ a cosmic jazz to high pop fluidity.” – Backseat Mafia
“Brilliant from start to finish, Spirits is an impressive debut and will certainly have you on an astral trip through the cosmos. Definitely a strong candidate for record of the year!” – Beat Caffeine
Album reviewed on Folk Radio (plus track included in podcast), Backseat Mafia, UK Vibe, Beat Caffeine, The Arts Desk, Twisted Soul, Marlbank, Cosmic Jazz+ World Treasures Music
Tracks: Bones/ Kohan /Veneer/ Spirits (Part 2) / Bliss/ Plume