jueves, 4 de septiembre de 2014

Roscoe Mitchell - Nonaah 1977 (2008)

Source: nessa records

(2-CD set) An expanded 2 CD reissue of saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell's most notorious recording outside of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Nonaah (No nay ah) earned him a "Record Of The Year" award in the 1978 Down Beat critics poll. The music consists of a 31 minute solo concert performance of the title piece, two duets (one with Anthony Braxton, the other with Malachi Favors), a trio piece with Muhal Richard Abrams and George Lewis, two more Mitchell solo pieces (one from a concert, the other a studio recording), and a 17 1/2 minute version of the title piece with four alto saxophonists (Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Joseph Jarman and Wallace McMillan).

More than 30 years after it was originally recorded and released, Nonaah remains a difficult and wondrous listen. Remastered with several bonus tracks included, the album clocks in at two hours now and sprawls across two CDs. Throughout them, Roscoe Mitchell demonstrates how pliable and expressive one instrument, in his case the alto saxophone, can be.

This is the work that some critics named the best jazz record of 1978, quite an accomplishment for an album that features a horn alone most of the time, including on the fiery, 22-minute title track, which originally took up all of side one. Mitchell digs his heels in on the single line that constitutes the tune’s melody—a line first created for the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s “Fanfare for the Warriors”—until he finally allows it to stretch and develop. I’ve never heard this music on vinyl, so I can’t compare the fidelity to the original, but the sound quality of the Nessa reissue is absolutely beautiful. It sounds as thought it was recorded this morning, it’s so crisp.

Nonaah no longer seems as dangerous as it might have in the ’70s—we’ve been through David S. Ware, Evan Parker, Charles Gayle and many others since then—but as a statement of avant-garde improv it stacks up well against anything released in 2008. Mitchell’s duet with Anthony Braxton, playing sopranino saxophone, on “Off Five Dark Six,” still raises hairs. And Mitchell’s quartet of alto saxes—with Joseph Jarman, Wallace McMillan, and Henry Threadgill—that revisits “Nonaah” could conjure a cyclone any day, anywhere. The bonus material is illuminating, particularly the final cut, a solo performance of “Off Five Dark Six” where he seems determined to see how many different ways he can play one note. But I could have done without “Chant,” which is nothing more than Mitchell blowing the same short pattern over and over for nine minutes.

1.1. Nonaah 22:39
1.2. Ericka 8:15
Composed By – Joseph Jarman
1.3. Nonaah 1:24
1.4. Off Five Dark Six 4:53
Sopranino Saxophone – Anthony Braxton
1.5. A1 Tal 2La 8:46
Double Bass – Malachi Favors
1.6. Tahquemenon 5:47
Piano – Muhal Richard Abrams
Trombone – George Lewis

2.1. Improvisation 1 13:13
2.2. Ballad 4:43
2.3. Nonaah 17:46
Alto Saxophone – Henry Threadgill, Joseph Jarman, Wallace McMillan
2.4. Sing 6:12
2.5. Improvisation 2 3:42
2.6. Sing 7:42
2.7. Chant 9:15
2.8 Off Five Dark Six 7:23

Alto Saxophone, Composed By – Roscoe Mitchell
Art Direction, Design – Carla Nessa
Design [Original] – Arnold A. Martin
Liner Notes – Chuck Nessa, Terry Martin (2)
Photography By [Cover] – Roberto Masotti
Producer – Chuck Nessa
Recorded By [Berkeley] – Roscoe Mitchell
Recorded By [Chicago] – Stu Black
Recorded By [Willisau] – Walter Troxler
Remix, Technician [Digital Transfers] – Steve Wagner

CD reissue of double LP 
Tracks 1.1-1.3: live in Willisau, Switzerland, August 23, 1976. 
Tracks 2.1, 2.6-2.8: live in Mapenzi, Berkeley, January 15, 1977 
Tracks 1.4, 1.6: Chicago, January 17, 1977. 
Track 2.3: Chicago, January 22, 1977. 
Tracks 1.5, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5: Chicago, February 22, 1977. 
Tracks 2.4-2.8 previously unreleased. 

Chicago recordings at Sound Studios, remix and digital transfers at Riverside Studio.

CD 1
1.1. Nonaah (solo concert - Willisau)
1.2. Ericka (solo concert - Willisau)
1.3. Nonaah (solo concert - Willisau)
1.4. Off Five Dark Six (duet with Anthony Braxton)
1.5. A1 TAL 2LA (duet with Malachi Favors)
1.6. Tahquemenon (trio with Muhal Richard Abrams and George Lewis)

CD 2
2.1. Improvisation 1 (solo concert - Berkeley)
2.2. Ballad (solo)
2.3. Nonaah (quartet with Joseph Jarman, Wallace McMillan and Henry Threadgill)
2.4. Sing (solo)
2.5. Improvisation 2 (solo)
2.6. Sing (solo concert - Berkeley)
2.7. Chant (solo concert - Berkeley)
2.8. Off Five Dark Six (solo concert - Berkeley)

Roscoe Mitchell: alto saxophone
Muhal Richard Abrams: piano
Anthony Braxton: sopranino saxophone
Malachi Favors: bass
Joseph Jarman: alto saxophone
George Lewis: trombone
Wallace McMillan: alto saxophone
Henry Threadgill: alto saxophone

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Roscoe Mitchell - Space (12) New Music For Woodwinds And Voice An Interesting Breakfast Conversation (2000)

Source: allmusic

For the introduction of his new record label Mutable Music, new music vocalist Thomas Buckner decided to reissue as a two-CD set the two LPs his trio Space had released in the early '80s on his previous label, 1750 Arch Records. Both feature the same lineup: Buckner on "extended voice," and Roscoe Mitchell and Gerald Oshita on an arsenal of saxophones and clarinets. New Music for Woodwinds and Voice (1981) contains four compositions, while An Interesting Breakfast Conversation (1984) presents seven group improvisations. This is a chance to rediscover Oshita, who died in 1992 without getting the recognition he deserved. His playing on these two recordings is exuberant, tortured, and inventive to the bone. The sax/voice/sax trio format works very nicely, even though on the first CD Buckner tends to be buried in the mix and under-used. The compositions remain textural and blend elements from both classical and jazz idioms -- interesting but a little dry. The improvisation CD truly illustrates what this trio was capable of. "An Interesting Breakfast Conversation" opens the set frenetically, with Buckner's voice turning into a third saxophone as the three of them engage in a dizzying polyphonic dance. On the other end of the spectrum is the delicate, sustained notes of "Phonics." "Journeys" reverts to more contemporary classical stylings, but still taps into something deeper and very moving. The wide range of saxophones used insures the listener against linearity. Both albums sound as fresh and new today as they did in the 1980s. With a price tag in the two-for-the-price-of-one range, this historical set becomes a must-have.

New Music For Woodwinds And Voice

1-1. Marche 5:58
Clarinet [E Flat Soprano] – Roscoe Mitchell
Wind [Sarrusophone] – Gerald Oshita

1-2. Textures For Trio 14:13
Saxophone [Bass] – Roscoe Mitchell
Wind [Sarrusophone], Saxophone [Baritone] – Gerald Oshita

1-3. Prelude 7:18
Saxophone [Bass] – Roscoe Mitchell
Wind [Sarrusophone] – Gerald Oshita

1-4. Variations On Sketches From Bamboo, No. 1 & 2 11:40
Saxophone [Tenor] – Roscoe Mitchell
Wind [Conn-o-sax] – Gerald Oshita

An Interesting Breakfast Conversation

2-1. An Interesting Breakfast Conversation 3:27
Saxophone [Alto] – Roscoe Mitchell
Saxophone [Baritone] – Gerald Oshita

2-2. Live At The Public Theater, I 9:54
Saxophone [Soprano] – Roscoe Mitchell
Saxophone [Straight Alto] – Gerald Oshita

2-3. SVSA, Scene 1 2:17
Saxophone [Soprano] – Roscoe Mitchell
Saxophone [Straight Alto] – Gerald Oshita

2-4. Live At The Public Theater, II 5:31
Saxophone [Soprano] – Roscoe Mitchell
Wind [Contrabass Sarrusaphone] – Gerald Oshita

2-5. Shapes 9:09
Saxophone [Alto] – Roscoe Mitchell
Saxophone [Baritone] – Gerald Oshita

2-6. Phonics 4:27
Saxophone [Soprano] – Roscoe Mitchell
Saxophone [Straight Alto] – Gerald Oshita

2-7. Journeys 7:16
Saxophone [Bass] – Roscoe Mitchell
Saxophone [Tenor] – Gerald Oshita


Composed By – Gerald Oshita (tracks: 1-1, 1-2, 2-1 to 2-7), Roscoe Mitchell (tracks: 1-3, 1-4, 2-1 to 2-7), Thomas Buckner (tracks: 2-1 to 2-7)
Cover – Robert Alexander
Design – Matt Schickele
Engineer [Recording] – Dean Roumanis (tracks: 2-2, 2-4), Gerald Oshita (tracks: 2-3, 2-5 to 2-7), Bob Shumaker* (tracks: 1-1 to 2-1)
Mastered By [Digital Mastering] – Dirk Sobotka
Photography By – Helmut Früehauf
Voice [Extended] – Tom Buckner*


Disc 1 originally released as 1750 Arch Records <a href="http://www.discogs.com/release/1130626">S-1785</a> in 1981 
Disc 2 originally released as 1750 Arch Records <a href="http://www.discogs.com/release/1134747">S-1806</a> in 1984 

Track 1-1, 1-3 and 1-4 recorded January 1981 at 1750 Arch Studios, Berkeley, CA 
Track 1-2 recorded live in performance at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Roscoe Mitchell Sextet - Sound (1996)

This album released in 1966 is a monumental effort. Not only is it the first recorded music to emerge from the groundbreaking AACM it changed the face of free jazz and sent it into new and unexplored territory that would be further expanded on by The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Anthony Braxton among others. At any rate “Sound” is essentially an Art Ensemble….recording minus Joseph Jarman. The cd issue contains alternate cuts of “Ornette” and the two versions of “Sound” are seperated. On “Ornette” Mitchell pays homage to the master; high energy Ornette inspired tonal jazz, music that bombards from all sides. On “Sound” the breakthrough on this album the musicans alternate soloing interspaced with periods of silence. At times the intruments wail over crashing cymbals and other times they cry as if in agony. A very moving experience indeed. The piece is not without structure though, there is a method to Mitchells madness. The “Little Suite” employs the various little instruments that later became a signature for the Art Ensemble of Chicago. All in all this is a landmark recording and deserves to be on the same shelf as Colemans “Free Jazz” and Coltranes “Acension”. Mitchell has never ceased to amaze both as a muscian but more importantly as a composer and this is an important record that both documents the beginning of Mitchells career as well as The Art Ensemble of Chicago.

1. Ornette (Alternate) 5:39
2. Sound 1 26:26
3. The Little Suite 10:27
4. Ornette 5:25
5. Sound 2 19:20

Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Recorder – Roscoe Mitchell
Bass – Malachi Favors
Design [Adapted To Cd Packaging By] – Kate Hoddinott
Design [Original Cover] – Sylvia Abernathy
Drums – Alvin Fielder
Engineer [Re-mix] – Steve Wagner
Liner Notes – J.B. Figi
Photography By [Cover] – Billy Abernathy
Producer [Album Production] – Robert G. Koester
Recorded By – Stu Black
Supervised By – Chuck Nessa
Tenor Saxophone – Maurice McIntyre
Trombone, Cello – Lester Lashley
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Harmonica – Lester Bowie

Tracks 1&2 recorded August 10, 1966. Tracks 3-5 recorded August 26, 1966. Recorded at Sound Studios, Inc. 
Tracks 3 and 4 are reissued from the 1966 Delmark <a href="http://www.discogs.com/release/461279">DS-408 </a> LP. Track 1 is an unreleased alternate take. The original LP version of Sound was a composite of tracks 2 and 5, which appear here as the original takes.

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Théo Zipper Quartet - Faith (2014)

Source: Band Camp

Theo Zipper Quartet is a French-Belgian group, based in Brussels, brought together by the compositions of the french bass player Théo Zipper.
Influenced by many artists around the world, the band's music should be seen as rich, coherent and meaningful.

1. Opening 03:42
2. Bruxelles 04:45
3. Power of The Sun 04:09
4. Shalom Khouya 03:17
5. Nelson 04:04
6. Meeting Point 05:32
7. Flying Down 09:12
8. Les 7 Plumes de l'Aigle 08:30
9. A Call For The Absent 05:53

Théo Zipper | Bass & Composition
Max Fortin | Tenor Sax & Soprano
Yannick Jacquet | Piano & Cello
Lucas Vanderputten | Drums 


"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."  - Duke Ellington - 


Roscoe Mitchell Quartet - The Flow of Things (1987)

Sounding like a sour piece of gauzy metal set aflame, Roscoe Mitchell's soprano saxophone endlessly snakes its way through the three sections of "The Flow of Things" on this 1987 album of the same name. The piece forms the meat of this solo effort by the Art Ensemble of Chicago soloist, demonstrating Mitchell's knack for circular breathing as well as a longstanding love of full-throttle, free-wheeling group improvisation. It's not about swinging, but if you fancy being pinned to the wall by a barrage of high-end repartee by some of the best in the avant-garde jazz business, then this one's for you. Joining the fray are fellow AACM members pianist Jodie Christian and drummer Steve McCall, as well as Art Ensemble bassist Malachi Favors. Providing a break from the intensity, Mitchell offers up one of his engaging, mystically minimal sound sculptures, "Card for Quartet." The piece definitely gives one an idea of how the music of avant-garde classical composers like Varese, Cage, and Stockhausen can fit into a jazz context. The Flow of Things is probably not the best entrée into Mitchell's work, but after a few Art Ensemble of Chicago records and one of his earlier efforts, make sure to come back for a listen. allmusic.com

A1. The Flow Of Things - No. 1 10:29
A2. The Flow Of Things - No. 2 10:11
B1. Cards For Quartet 9:14
B2. The Flow Of Things - No. 3 (Live) 13:18

Bass – Malachi Favors
Drums – Steve McCall
Piano – Jodie Christian
Producer – Giovanni Bonandrini
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Roscoe Mitchell

Side A recorded on 7 September 1986 at Raccoon Club. Side B recorded on 29 June 1986 at Goetz Theater, Chicago, IL.

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Carsten Dahl - A Good Time (2014)

Storyville Records is releasing A Good Time a new album with Carsten Dahl Trio. The album was recorded during a festival titled The Art of the Trio celebrating the unique musical experiences the jazz trio format creates.

The recording sparkles of joy and musicians who are comfortable in each other's company. Drummer Frands Rifbjerg and bass player Lennart Ginman both contribute with superb playing making this one of the most original piano trios in recent times.

Carsten Dahl: piano
Lennart Ginman: bass
Frands Rifbjerg: drums

1. Love For Sale
2. When You Wish Upon A Star
3. Take Five
4. Easy Living
5. What Is This Thing Called Love
6. Someone To Watch Over Me
7. Down With It
8. Night And Day

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins