Canadas powerhouse afro / latin / soul / jazz collective, The Soul Jazz Orchestra, surface with a hard-hitting new album for Autumn 2015, Resistance, resuming their link-up with Strut Records. We approached this album with a fresh ear, explains bandleader Pierre Chr√©tien. We were keen to build on the bands sound and message, bringing in some of the French Caribbean and Francophone West African influences that weve loved since our youth, so the new album brings in French language tracks and elements of coup√©-d√©cal√©, zouk and cadence to the overall mix. In keeping with the bands previous work, the band keep powerful lyrics at the heart of their music, delivering some biting social commentaries alongside messages of hope. Storming opening track ‚Greet The Dawn heralds a better way of life for the downtrodden while the manic ‚Shock And Awe celebrates people power with a wry reference to Bush-era military tactics. The Souljazz Orchestra remain one of the most solid units in their scene, retaining their original line-up since they were first formed back in 2002. On Resistance, they showcase their continuing versatility with saxman Ray Murray, percussionist Marielle Rivard, drummer Philippe Lafreni√®re and keyboardist Pierre Chr√©tien all taking on lead vocal duties on different tracks. We originally started out as an instrumental band, reflects Chr√©tien, so this is actually our first all vocal album, a big step forward for us. Chr√©tien himself also contributes the superb front cover artwork to the album, I was inspired by the bold, stark, streamlined look of works by artists like Saul Bass, Emory Douglas, or Cuban poster designers - I love how they manage to maximize impact with a minimal amount of strokes and colours. ‚Resistance is released on 8th September on CD / LP / DL and the band embark on a major new international tour, hitting up Europe during September and October 2015, followed by a Canadian run in November 2015.