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Fight the Big Bull (White / Chanselle / Ralston / Jones / Miller / Pace / Hooten / Kuhl / Sandi): Dy (Clean Feed)

Matthew White's collective Fight the Big Bull nonet utilizes the history of jazz in compsitions that refer to Blind Willie Johnson, Charles Mingus, Art Ensemble, &c. &c.
 

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Personnel:



Matt White-guitar, tunes

Pinson Chanselle-trap kit

Cameron Ralston-bass

Brian Jones-percussion

Bob Miller-trumpet

Reggie Pace-trombone

Bryan Hooten-trombone

J.C. Kuhl-tenor saxophone

Adrian Sandi-clarinet


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UPC: 5609063001082

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF108
Squidco Product Code: 10368

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded July 23, 2006 by Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Studios, Richmond, Virginia.

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"Matthew White's Fight the Big Bull nonet treats the past as a point of departure. Each composition plays with those references to jazz history. The title of the CD refers to the Blind Willie Johnson blues song "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed." Other tracks have other associations: "Black Saint and the SinnerLady" by Charles Mingus, "Escalator Over the Hill" by Carla Bley with the Jazz Composers Orchestra, "New Orleans Suite" by Duke Ellington, and reminiscences of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Lounge Lizards, Archie Shepp (who, by the way, also used trumpet, tenor saxophone, clarinet and two trombones - plus tuba - on "Mama Too Tight"), and Mike Mantler. In his liner notes, trumpeter Steven Bernstein discusses these allusions as if he's disassembling an engine. But although this work could be a challenge for encyclopedically minded jazz listener, the music stands alone. And although it is the vision of one man, who composed and arranged all the pieces, the collective focus is astonishing. There's no fixed hierarchy here."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

"Cameron Ralston is the House Bassist & Producer for Spacebomb Records. He tour sometimes. He lives in Richmond, VA."

-https://twitter.com/cameronthewise?lang=en (Twitter)
5/23/2024

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"Bob Miller plays trumpet, synth and sings coro for Bio Ritmo. He's been in the band almost since the beginning.

He has been playing trumpet professionally since 1991. He graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Music Education in 1995 and went on to do Master's work in jazz at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has appeared on over 50 recordings ranging from jazz to folk to latin to rock and roll, including albums with Bio Ritmo, Matthew E. White, The Mountain Goats, Megafaun, Steven Bernstein, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, David Karsten Daniels, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and Marion James. He has been honored to share the stage with artists such as Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Sharon Van Etten, Ken Vandermark, Clark Terry, Dave Holland, John Pizzarelli, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Poncho Sanchez, Eddie and Gerald Levert, and Barry Harris as well as most of the artists on whose recordings he has appeared. His open-minded approach to music has made him a highly sought after studio musician and freelance artist. Current projects include old-school salsa outfit Bio Ritmo, Avant-jazz groups The Scott Clark 4tet and Fight the Big Bull, Modern Americana artist Matthew E. White and numerous other projects in the Richmond, VA area including Fear of Music, Hi-Steps and Microwaves."

-Bio Ritmo (http://bioritmo.com/bob-miller/)
5/23/2024

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"J.C. Kuhl has been an adjunct professor of jazz saxophone at VCU since 2005. A native of Baltimore, MD, he plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet and studied at Towson State University, where he majored in jazz/commercial music. After working in clubs in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, he moved to Richmond in 1995 and joined the eclectic rock band Agents of Good Roots, which fused many different styles including jazz, hip-hop, and classical. They toured incessantly for six years, playing more than 200 shows a year. After Agents, J.C. was a member of Devil's Workshop Big Band, Modern Groove Syndicate, Bio Ritmo, and The Thompson/D'earth Band.

Kuhl has performed and/or shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band; John Scofield Uberjam Band and Quartet; Béla Fleck and the Flecktones; Bruce Hornsby; Blues Traveler; Karl Denson's Tiny Universe; Medeski, Martin, and Wood; Big Head Todd and the Monsters; The Neville Brothers; The Temptations; Soulive; Pat McGee Band; Moe; and G Love and Special Sauce. He toured as part of the H.O.R.D.E. tour for two years with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Rusted Root, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, King Crimson, Ben Harper, and Blues Traveler and continues to perform extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is currently a member of Mekong Express, Mike Davison's Latin Jazz Messengers, John D'earth Group, Jones/Kuhl Duo, Brian Jones Group, Ombak, Old New Things, Three Sheets to the Wind, The Winn Brothers Band, and The Bachelor Boys Band.

J.C. resides in Richmond with his family and is a freelance performer, live and in the studios. He also teaches at The Collegiate School and has taught at Ashland Music Center and Harrison Music/Music and Arts."

-Virginia Commonwealth University (https://arts.vcu.edu/community/vcuarts-faculty-and-staff/directory/j-c-kuhl/)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Dying Will Be Easy 7:53

2. November 25th 6:02

3. Grizzly Bear 6:12

4. In Jarama Valley 11:23

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