Mexican Summer

ARP - Ensemble! Live

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Last summer’s spellbinding album Zebra struck a chord with many listeners. Combining innovative production with an interest in music from around the globe—fourth world, Japanese avant-garde, minimalism, kosmische, dub, cosmic jazz and more—Zebra found ARP (aka ALEXIS GEORGOPOULOUS) firing on all cylinders, drawing comparisons to Don Cherry, Midori Takada, Jon Hassell and Alice Coltrane. Inspired by the live quintet Georgopoulos assembled for Mexican Summer's 10th anniversary celebration, the label asked if he would be interested in recording a “live in the studio” album—a snapshot of a group in motion. If Zebra, the first album made primarily in his new home studio, showed Georgopoulos blossoming as an arranger/producer, Ensemble Live! emphasizes a different character—the sound of a group dynamic, of a vibe, of inspiration found in the moment—and how these songs work with 5 people playing them at the same time, together in a room. Limited to 500 copies.