Instead of barking out a review, I decided to do things a little different this time. In this article I will be reviewing each piece, followed by a teaser and Stratosphere's own words. Ronald was so friendly to share his experiences on each of these collaborations. Each Sunday, he reveals another teaser, and from now on so will we. So be sure to return to this page regularly and find out the wonderful world that is 'Collaborations 1'.
This review is not the result of me being on it, even though our song 'Thrive' has become one of the best tracks I have ever been involved in. This review is here because 'Collaborations I' is a breathtaking album and a career defining piece of work. With a little help from his friends Stratosphere has reinvented himself. And to toot my own horn: I saw that coming.
Breaking down Barriers, Revealing the Unknown (Ashtoreth)
Stratosphere: This track was the first improvisation Stratosphere attempted. Thanks to the support of Peter Verwimp this track succeeded so well that the foundation for "Collaborations I" was laid. It is a collage of two improvisation sessions, which led to this opener.
Erratic Flow (Aidan Baker)
La Vallée de la Somme (Georgeson)
Lesum (N (63))
Within the Unintended (Distant Fires Burning)
Core (Dirk Serries)
Desolation (tour & drums) (Karen Willems)
Until We Meet Again (Jesse Massant)