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Thursday, Jun 06 2013 | 09:30
Image: 1579370 „Although this is already our third album, recording it felt like something really fresh.“ The Hi-Fly
Orchestra are excited when they talk about their new long-player „Get Ready“. They have all rights
to do so, with 12 original tracks covering a wide range from funk, brazil, soul and jazz, always in
view of the groove: „We are no scientists, we are not on a mission. We are here to make you
Florian Riedl, one of the two main songwriters in the Hi-Fly Orchestra, has a story to tell about „Get
Ready“: „We have always been a real band, right from the start in 2005. We love vintage recording
techniques, all our gear crammed in one room and getting the music on tape in a jam session
situation.“ The opening chords of „Uncle Green“ already prove the point. “Get Ready” is a journey
in style. Think of Lonnie Smith’s immediacy and rhythmic urgency circa „Move Your Hands“, the
casual spirituality of Horace Silver with a hint of Lee Dorsey’s style of turning rhythm & blues into
soul, even Vince Guaraldi’s versatile, comforting jazz sound is somewhere in “Get Ready”.
„’Get Ready’ is all about the music we love. Take the title track, for example“, Jerker Kluge, second
half in Hi-Fly’s songwriting team, says. „It has that certain New Orleans feeling. The band is going
loose on the rhythm, while Karl Frierson’s lyrics have a conscious, social dimension to them.“
Speaking of lyrics and Frierson’s appearance (widely known from his success with De-Phazz),
Florian Riedl is particularly proud of their guest vocalists. Paula Morelenbaum, wife of Brazilian
producer and musician legend Jaques Morelenbaum appears on „Sambinha“: „The little samba, as
we call it, is our homage to Brazilian music. It is made for dancing. So it is kind of our motto.” Same
with „Jequibau“, a showcase for the competent brass supplied by Florian Riedl’s altosax and
Johannes Herrlich’s trombone. „I Got Hope“, on the other hand, is a down-to-earth affair of a
groove, featuring Julia Fehenberger, a well-known face in the lively jazz scene of Hi-Fly
Orchestra’s hometown Munich, moving in the right direction with the help of Chris Gall’s piano.
„Brother Sun Sister Moon“ and the cool flute excursion „Sweet And Busy“ takes us into classic
dancefloor jazz territory. It’s all about smooth moves here, Alexander Krampe’s soothing voice will
make you get down to the beat.
First and foremost, though, The Hi-Fly Orchestra is a tried and tested, tight live unit. Following the
release of two acclaimed albums – „Samboogaloo“ (2007) and „Mambo Atomico“ (2008) released
on Tramp Records and a number of 7inch vinyls on renowned labels like Record Kicks or Ajabu! -
the band toured extensively around Europe visiting Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Sweden und even
Estonia along the way. While being serious about what they do, the fun factor is never far away:
“’Nerd’s Dancefloor’ looks at club culture with a smile. It’s about us really, especially Jerker and me,doing weird moves on the floor. Not really what you could call a lesson in cool,“ Florian Riedl
admits. „But it has this tricky 5/4 bar which makes it a special treat.“ Right on: The expert rhythm
section of Jerker Kluge on double-bass and Hajo von Hadeln on drums knows about a smart
groove. Having experienced sound experts like Jan “Mastermix” Krause (Beanfield, Poets Of
Rhythm) on the controls and Willy Löster (LaBrassBanda, Trikont) in the mix makes “Get Ready”
authentic, enjoyable and very international.
With “Get Ready” the Hi-Fly Orchestra is coming home. They know what they do, where they come
from and where they want to go. “So please don’t think of us a pseudo-hip, young newcomer jazz
band,” Florian Riedl asks, “we are here to stay.” Don’t worry guys, with “Get Ready” the Hi-Fly
Orchestra will not be misunderstood. Please meet a bunch of real musicians from the real world,
spreading a real message …

Tracklisting CD (Vinyl TBC):
01 – Uncle Green
02 – Sugar Pie feat. Karl Frierson
03 – Roda De Samba
04 – Sweet And Busy
05 – Get Ready feat. Karl Frierson
06 – Nerd’s Dancefloor
07 – Sambinha feat. Paula
08 – I Got Hope feat. Julia
09 - Jequibau
10 – Brother Sun Sister Moon feat.
Alexander Krampe
11 – Forró
12 – How Beautiful feat. Alexander
Krampe Available from 17.05.2013
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