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O'Gallagher, John Trio: Dirty Hands (Clean Feed)

New York alto saxophonist O'Gallagher's trio with Jeff Williams and Masa Kamaguchi recording during their tour through France and Portugal.
 

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John O'Gallagher-alto saxophone

Masa Kamaguchi-bass

Jeff Williams-drums


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UPC: 5609063001327

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF132
Squidco Product Code: 10898

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded March 2007 by Joao Ferraz at Quinta da Music, Porto, Portugal.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"The music played by the alto saxophonist O'Gallagher, with Masa Kamaguchi on bass and Jeff Williams on drums, is one of effortless beauty as a result of years of working together. For O'Gallagher, a composition is much more than a vehicle to improvise on; it is the source of the improvisation. Whether playing free improvisations or original compositions, the truth is that everything here is meticulously structured. So, we have a composer in the good-old Duke Ellington way: he writes for the musicians who play with him, partly knowing by anticipation what to expect, and partly challenging them (and himself) to always go further. Very influenced by contemporary classical music, its solutions and ideas are used by the leader of this trio with a nod to the past in a genre known for its assimilation of elements coming from other musical languages. O'Gallagher speaks of "opening new doors", and that's something jazz always did. Another particularity of this music is its visual character - the pieces function audibly like moving abstract images. The sense of space, line, color and density we find in painting is what this band translates to the art of sounds. "There definitely are parallels in painting and playing. When I improvise and compose, I'm influenced by a visual sense of trying to create objects and color," John O'Gallagher said in an interview to All About Jazz. "Dirty Hands" is the clear confirmation of that statement and is a recording not to be missed."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

"John O'Gallagher is considered one of the most compelling alto saxophonists and composers at work today on the New York jazz scene. He is known for an innovative style which pushes the boundaries of jazz while rooted in it's tradition.

"Mr. O'Gallagher is an exploratory alto saxophonist with a clear melodic streak" - The New York Times

Born in Anaheim Califorina in 1964 he began playing alto saxophone in grade school after his family moved to Spokane, Washington. Upon graduating high school he studied briefly at Eastern Washington University before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. There he studied with legendary saxophone gurus Joe Viola, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone.

During the past 25 years living in New York he has become known for his projects as a leader, and as a sought after sideman, working with artist such as Joe Henderson, Maria Schnieder, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, Tony Malaby, Jeff Williams, Tom Rainey, Chris Cheek, Ralph Alessi, Rudresh Manhathappa, Mike Formanek, Ben Monder and numerous others."

-John O'Gallagher Website (https://johnogallagher.com/bio)
5/23/2024

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"Masa Kamaguchi - Bass, Japan

Masa Kamaguchi was born in 1966 in Wakkanai City, the northernmost city in Hokkaido, Japan. Masa was inspired to take up the electric bass at age 14 after listening to the records of Jaco Pastorius. In 1985 he moved to Tokyo to attend the Hosei University where he studied engineering but also took up the acoustic bass, studying privately with Yoshio Ikeda, himself a former student of Gary Peacock. In 1990, Masa moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, and proceeded to study with drummer Joe Hunt. While based in Boston, Kamaguchi was in demand to play with many of the area's great musicians, including Geoge Gazone, Bert Sieger, Hal Crook, Herb Pomeroy and Frank Carberg. During this time in Boston, Masa also toured Europe and Scandinavia on several occasions.

In 1994, Masa moved to New York City where he is much in demand by many groups, performing with such lumininaries as Frank Kimbrough, Sonny Simmons, Ben Monder, David Murray, Toots Thielmans, Tony Malaby, Charles Gale and many others. His recording credits include dates with Frank Kimbrough, Paul Motion, Ron Horton, Dave Douglas, Sonny Simmons, Tony Malaby, John O'allager, Russ Lossing, Billy Mintz and many others.

in 2006, Masa moved to Barcelona, while he maintains strong connections with NY musicians. He also started to play with European musicians, such as Albert Bover, Perico Sambeat, Albert Sanz and Sara Serpa.

In January 2010, for Jamboree's 50-year anniversary, he played for the Jamboree All Star group and also the Fresh Sound All Star Group.

An acutely intuitive player, Masa brings an individual sound and fresh perspective to the acoustic bass. His rich warm tone and modern style define his individuality. Kamaguchi is a versatile player, at home with a truly wide range of musical influences, that translate into his brilliant concept."

-Global Music Foundation (http://www.globalmusicfoundation.org/people/masa-kamaguchi/)
5/23/2024

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"Jeff Williams drums. Born July 6, 1950 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Jeff Williams grew up in the small college town of Oberlin and began playing in area jazz clubs at age 14. Moving to Boston in 1968, Jeff attended the Berklee College of Music where he studied with Alan Dawson. In 1971 Jeff began his professional career in New York, a year later joining the Stan Getz Quartet ('72 -'74) in an edition that included Dave Holland and Richie Beirach or Albert Daily. (Jeff toured again with Getz for much of 1988, with Kenny Barron and Anthony Cox). Along with Beirach, Dave Liebman, and Frank Tusa, Jeff formed the group Lookout Farm, touring internationally from 1973-76. The band's recordings include Lookout Farm and Drum Ode (ECM) and Sweet Hands (A&M/Horizon).

In succeeding years Jeff has accompanied a wide variety of musicians. A partial list includes: John Abercrombie, Paul Bley, Randy Brecker, George Coleman, Marc Copland, Art Farmer, Joe Farrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Jordan, Cecil McBee, George Mraz, Gary Peacock, Michel Petrucciani, John Scofield, Miroslav Vitous, and Cedar Walton."

-Drum Solo Artist (http://www.drumsoloartist.com/Site/Drummers2/Jeff_Williams.html)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Bed Bugs 2:53

2. Orientations 5:37

3. Time Finds Its Way 5:13

4. Swelter 5:33

5. Borderline 6:51

6. F Line 7:24

7. Lessons of History 15:54

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