Left to right: Josh Lawrence, Ola Baldych, Anwar Marshall, Madison Rast, Orrin Evans, Caleb Curtis, and Adam Faulk at Morningstar Studios.
A uniquely Philadelphian ten-piece band, the Fresh Cut Orchestra is co-led by trumpeter Josh Lawrence, bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall. They return to Ropeadope Records on August 26, 2016 with Mind Behind Closed Eyes, a highly varied collection of pieces from the three composers. The album also marks the recorded début of Fraticelli on cuatro, a Puerto Rican stringed instrument similar to the Cuban tres. The album was recorded entirely live - all the electronic processing done in-the-moment in Ableton, and where Fraticelli plays cuatro, guitarist Tim Conley switches to bass.
The cuatro is one of the first sounds of the record, opening the aptly titled bolero miniature “My Summer in Puerto Rico,” which gives way to Fraticelli’s title track, propelled by a breakbeat from Marshall and live electronics from Conley. As Lawrence says, “We wanted people to be surprised by every track, to not know what would come next.”