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Lawnmower (Gray / Hobbs / Farina / Littleton): West (Clean Feed)

Drummer Luther Gray's Lawnmower bridges jazz and rock with blues-tinged sonic underpinning from dual guitarists, with saxophonist Jim Hobbs lyrical and unique voice leading the way.
 

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Luther Gray-drums

Jim Hobbs-alto saxophone

Geoff Farina-guitar

Dan Littleton-guitar


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UPC: 5609063001785

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF178
Squidco Product Code: 12889

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded and mixed by Andy Hong at Kimchee, July 17, 2008.

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"The music played by Lawnmower lives between two neighbor fields of the blues heritage: jazz and rock. It's not jazz-rock fusion, and it's not collage, but something else: jazz in permanent equation with rock, living from the process and not interested in finding a definitive result. This would be the easiest way, considering that the group is committed to presenting problems, not solving them. Jazz drummer Luther Gray picked his trio with the indie rock guitarists Geoff Farina and Dan Littleton (heard on the album "New Salt") and added brilliant avant-jazz luminary, alto saxophonist Jim Hobbs.

Gray's purpose was to build a bridge between his past and present musical interests, and in doing so he accomplishes much more: something that makes entire sense in itself, not needing any justification. A former punk musician, Luther Gray established his name with the cream of the freedom fighters using the jazz idiom, Joe Morris, Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, Fred Anderson, Andrew White, Ken Vandermark, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Rob Brown, Steve Swell, and Taylor Ho Bynum, crossing the Boston, the Chicago and the New York scenes. Hobbs got specially noticed with Joe Morris, and his personal ideas about music are openly expressed in the surrealist jazz band he leads, The Fully Celebrated Orchestra. One from Karate, Gloryteller and Secret Stars fame, and the other coming from the folkish duo Ida, and The Hated, Farina and Littleton have folk-rock as the point of departure of their journeys, and jazz as the gasoline. The mix is explosive."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

"Drummer Luther Gray, though largely self-taught, his musical training involved drum lessons from Kim Martin, Larry Bright, Steve Bagby, and Mickey Newman. In 1995 he graduated the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Music, after which he taught privately and performed in the Washington , D.C. area with, among others, Butch Warren, Cecil Payne, Webster Young, Tsunami, Liquorice, Peter Edelman, Jenny Toomey, Bob Butta, and Buck Hill. Since moving to Boston he has resumed teaching private drum lessons and has played with Joe Morris, Jay Hoggard, Joe McPhee, Timo Shanko, Cameron Brown, Allan Chase, Joseph Daley, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Ida, Geoff Farina, Andrew White, Rob Brown, Bill Lowe, Greg Abate, Raqib Hassan, Bill Pierce, Mitch Seidman, Steve Swell, Joe Beck, Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark and many others. In addition to his performing schedule Luther teaches art and music at an after-school program for elementary school children."

-Lilypad Inman (https://www.lilypadinman.com/luther-gray/)
5/23/2024

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"Jim Hobbs was born and raised in north-eastern Indiana at the convergence of three rivers. He is a recipient of the Doris Duke New Works Grant for composition from Chamber Music America. After a childhood of chewing hay and catching salamanders he began playing the saxophone. He received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he majored in composition. It was there that he met bassist Timo Shanko and started the Fully Celebrated Orchestra (FCO), which has released 10+ recordings on various labels including Silkheart, Skycap and Innova. FCO is also the subject of a children's book. He has performed and recorded with Joe Morris, Luther Gray, Taylor Ho Bynum, Bill Lowe, The Jazz Composers Alliance, Forbes Graham, The Prodigal Suns, Mackie Burnett, Fred Hopkins, Laurence Cook, Jon Voight, Junko Simons, Nightstick, The Death's Head Quartet, Josh Roseman, Curtis Hasselbring, The Lunch Factor, Laura Andel, Brother Blue and many others."

-All About Jazz (https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/jimhobbs)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Dan 8:04

2. Giant Squid 8:03

3. Glass 9:45

4. I Love 4:36

5. One 13:32

6. Prayer of Death 7:44

7. Two 14:44

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