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Formed in France, in 2007, Ô-liostére has built its musical identity based on a progressive jazz approach, and through the various influences of the different musicians who took part along the years. In 2008, with a flute-drums-cello section, they reinterpreted some songs from their major influences: Aka Moon, Magic Malik and Steve Coleman. Then, through original metrics and claves, they have developed their own style between jazz, alternative and contemporary music. The band changed to form a quintet with bass, keyboard, guitar, flute and drums by the end of 2008. They have performed about 40 times in Paris and its neighborhood, including jazz clubs such as Sunset, Baiser Salé or L'Entrepôt. In 2012, they were nominated by the french alternative radio FIP for their composition 1 2 3 2. Their first studio album Circonflexe was recorded in 2012-2013 and released in 2014. It features two guests, the cello player Olivier Koundouno, a former member, and a rhythm-noisemaker vocalist, YéYé Toon who is now a full-time member of the band. Composition originality, polyrhythmic music and improvisation are the features that characterizes them best.

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Influences: Steve Coleman, Jaga Jazzist, Magik Malik, Aka Moon, Steve Reich, Tribeqa, The Cinematic Orchestra, Avishai Cohen .

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Ô-liostére Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by oliverstoned
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4 stars Ô-LIOSTERE is a young french band that i had the chance to discover as first part of a DIDIER MALHERBE concert. I was very impressed by their live performance so i was looking forward a studio release. Here it is, "Circonflexe" is their first record, released in 2014.

Ô-LIOSTERE does not try to sound vintage 70's. We're here in the vast musical territory of today jazz: the receipt here is mix of modern jazz, freejazz, the whole blended with a hint of world influences (hear the vocals on "Daga dit Gouda") and the add of flute makes the band originality.

The band has its roots definetly into free, improvised jazz (STEVE COLEMAN, MAGIC MALIK, AKA MOON) and we can hear sometimes the slight world-oriental influence of AVISHAI COHEN.

Talking about a prog (jazz) band with flute leads to comparisons with classic vintage bands.

The flute work here is reminiscent of canterburyan bands such as HATFIELD & the NORTH, THE MUFFINS, thanks to a mellow but agile sound.

The opener, "1232" is a convincing tune featuring great flute/guitar work, helped by a solid, speedy and powerful rhytmic section. I must precise that the drum sounds dry and quick, reminding that the band is more on the jazz side of the fusion mix.

"2 virgule 4" is another great tune in the vein of "1232": excellent fluid guitar parts, light keyboards and delicious airy flute interventions make that number the most accomplished piece. It may remind somehow of NATIONAL HEALTH but without the spacey side and a more straithforward-today-fusion- sound. Same for "8 plus 7", while "MMM " differs from the add of cello and the use of keyboards that add some instrumental diversity to the mix.

The whole record is nicely accomplished, especially for a first album. I hope to hear from them again soon. A promising band!

Thanks to oliverstoned for the artist addition.

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