Boston Globe: The Fully Celebrated At Ryles

June 2, 2009

Steve Greenlee reviews The Fully Celebrated’s May 29th Boston CD release party for Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (AUM Fidelity) at Ryles Jazz Club in today’s Boston Globe.

“The Fully Celebrated is a force to be reckoned with, in Boston and beyond,” Greenlee writes. “Much of this has to do with the power of the songwriting on the trio’s CD, Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones, which it celebrated fully Friday night at Ryles. Their new album is one of the finest jazz discs of the year, full of innovative compositions, great grooves, and inspired playing.”

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The Fully Celebrated Live In Brooklyn & Boston

May 28, 2009
Photo by Lillian Shrank

Photo by Lillian Shrank

The Fully Celebrated will fully celebrate their new CD, Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (AUM Fidelity), at tonight’s concert at Barbès in Brooklyn and tomorrow night’s show at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA.

In his CD review in this week’s Time Out New York, Steve Dollar writes, “Boston free-bird Jim Hobbs and his trio, the Fully Celebrated, get it, and the proof is in its latest sweat-soaked album, Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones. The disc has that airy, open feel and loose-limbed instinct that make the music immediately appealing, as well as an Ornette-ish pedigree in Hobbs’s darting alto saxophone flights. Timo Shanko’s basslines sometimes recall the clean harmonic mesh and folksy charm of Charlie Haden, but with drummer Django Carranza, the rhythm section glides seamlessly from dubby textures to bucket-of-blood swagger.”

For more early reviews, check out AllAboutJazz.com, All Music Guide, the Boston Phoenix and Music & More.


The Fully Celebrated’s AUM Fidelity Debut Released Today

May 26, 2009


Today is the official street date for The Fully Celebrated‘s seventh recording, and AUM Fidelity debut, Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (AUM054). Led by saxophonist Jim Hobbs, and formerly known as The Fully Celebrated Orchestra, the group has been a fixture on Boston’s jazz scene for more than two decades.

For its first recording in four years, the founding line-up of Hobbs, bassist Timo Shanko and drummer Django Carranza returned to the studio to document eight new quintessentially eclectic compositions. CD release concerts are scheduled for May 28th at Barbès in Brooklyn, New York and May 29th at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“Skillfully mixing reggae beats and Dub technology into the mix,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins, “this session adds a new wrinkle while maintaining their core appeal—catchy, mercurial tunes buoyed by visceral improvisation. Hobbs, the leader and primary songwriter, is one of his generation’s most gifted altoists; his ability to effortlessly glide between pitches and microtones enables a boundless capacity for tonal expression. Filled with memorable melodies, stirring interplay and a wealth of sonic variety, Drunk On The Blood Of The Holy Ones is a welcome return from one of the most resourceful saxophone trios working today.”


AAJ + The Boston Phoenix Review The Fully Celebrated

May 20, 2009


Two new reviews of the The Fully Celebrated‘s forthcoming AUM Fidelity debut, Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones, to report so far this week.  

“[Jim] Hobbs, the leader and primary songwriter, is one of his generation’s most gifted altoists,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins, “his ability to effortlessly glide between pitches and microtones enables a boundless capacity for tonal expression. Filled with memorable melodies, stirring interplay and a wealth of sonic variety, Drunk On The Blood Of The Holy Ones is a welcome return from one of the most resourceful saxophone trios working today.”

In his review in this week’s Boston Phoenix, Jon Garelick added, “After two albums with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, and now dropping ‘Orchestra’ from their name, this venerable Boston avant-garde street band are again a trio—and they’re still a virtuoso ensemble. There’s no one with a more individual sound and conception than Hobbs—strangled and crying one minute, soft and bluesy the next, or just plain Johnny Hodges purdy.”

The disc officially hits the streets May 26th, to be followed by CD release shows at Barbès in Brooklyn on May 28th and Ryles Jazz Club in Boston on May 29th.


All Music Guide Reviews The Fully Celebrated

April 28, 2009


Michael G. Nastos’ early review of The Fully Celebrated’s Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (AUM Fidelity) is now posted at AllMusic.com 

“Spare music yet fully formed,” he writes, “this talented trio provides interesting sounds all listeners of creative improvised music should thoroughly enjoy.”

The Fully Celebrated, formerly known as The Fully Celebrated Orchestra, is alto saxophonist Jim Hobbs, bassist Timo Shanko and drummer Django Carranza.

Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones, the band’s first recording in four years, hits the streets May 26th.

CD release celebrations are scheduled for Thursday, May 28th at Barbès (Brooklyn, New York) and Friday, May 29th at Ryles Jazz Club (Cambridge, Massachusetts).


AUM Fidelity To Release New CD From The Fully Celebrated May 26th

March 18, 2009

AUM054
On May 26th, AUM Fidelity will release The Fully Celebrated‘s seventh recording, and label debut, Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (AUM054). 

Led by saxophonist Jim Hobbs, and formerly known as The Fully Celebrated Orchestra, the group has been a fixture on Boston’s jazz scene for more than two decades.  For its first release in four years, the founding line-up of Hobbs, bassist Timo Shanko and drummer Django Carranza returned to the studio to document eight new quintessentially eclectic compositions. 

CD release concerts are scheduled for May 28th at Barbès in Brooklyn, New York and May 29th at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“Jim Hobbs and his Fully Celebrated Orchestra combine vast musical prowess and playful, irreverent intelligence,” wrote AllAboutJazz.com’s Paul Olson in his review of the group’s most recent release, 2005’s Lapis Exilis (Skycap Records). “No one today is playing the alto better than Hobbs—the vast range of tones he summons from the small horn is altogether remarkable…Carranza and Shanko are a devastating rhythm section…a powerhouse group.  Jim Hobbs and the Fully Celebrated Orchestra play virtuoso jazz music with a marked eclecticism.”

“The FCO first gained notoriety in the rock clubs—or, at least, it was the rock crowd that first created the buzz,” recalls longtime Boston Phoenix arts writer Jon Garelick.  “Maybe that’s because the band are proponents of old-fashioned avant-garde inclusiveness: funk, Latin, blues, Balkan, and any number of ‘world’ melodies, scales, and rhythms show up in the FCO book, with plenty of free-jazz-collective chatter.  Other reference points are Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry and Thomas Chapin, but the band’s personality is its own.”

Founded in 1987, The Fully Celebrated Orchestra began as the Jim Hobbs Trio, a group that mostly performed on the streets of Boston.  It recorded its debut, Babadita, under that original name for Silkheart Records in 1993, but by the time the label released its follow-up later that same year, the ironically over-sized new name was in place. 

Four more records, most capturing the band in the live setting, would follow over the next dozen years, including two as a quartet with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum in 2002 and 2005.  Following a period of relative inactivity following Bynum’s departure to New York, Hobbs reconvened the band’s original line-up in October 2008 to record a new collection of original material, which they recorded live and mixed utilizing the latest Dub technology.

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