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Alessi, Ralph and This Against That: Wiry Strong (Clean Feed)

Bridging mainstream jazz with avant approaches, trumpeter Alessi leads his "This Against That" group with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, bassist Drew Gress, pianist Andy Milne, drummer Mark Ferber, and Tim Berne co-producing.

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UPC: 56090630022001

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 220
Squidco Product Code: 14479

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded May 14th and 15th, 2008 at Acoustic Recording in Brooklyn, NY by Michael Brorby.


Ralph Alessi-trumpet

Ravi Coltrane-saxophone

Andy Milne-piano

Drew Gress-bass

Mark Ferber-drums

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track listing:

1. Clown Painting 1:06

2. Station Wagon Pump 5:56

3. Pudgy 1:19

4. Medieval Genius 8:07

5. Halves and Wholes 5:56

6. Racy Banter 1:23

7. A Dollar in Your Shoe 5:38

8. Humdrum 4:39

9. 20% of the 80% 5:21

10. Sock Puppeteer 6:51

11. Mira 3:19

12. Celebrity Golf Classic 1:06

13. Cobbs Hill 6:36

14. Bizarro - World Movement 8:45

15. Wiry Strong 5:51
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"Do you believe in a separation between mainstream jazz and the avant-garde? Wiry Strong could be labeled as the former, but the music from this new release is fresh and has a profound energy suggestive of the urgent things in life. What else would we expect from trumpeter Ralph Alessi, someone who has had a significant presence in some of the better "new jazz" made in new york city over the past 15 years with notable innovators like Steve Coleman, Don Byron, Uri Caine and Jason Moran?

With such collaborators like saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Tim Berne (both involved in this CD, one as a member of the band, the other co-producing it) Alessi isn't really against anything or in favor of something; he acts as a bridge uniting these seemingly disparate worlds of jazz. Here, we find a loving respect for the tradition, but also a commitment to take jazz to the next step. This is post-bop in its most refined manifestation, boiling hot but elegant, performed by an all star cast of musicians."-Clean Feed

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