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Sinton's, Josh Predicate Trio (w / Chris Hoffman / Tom Rainey): Making Bones (Iluso)

Concentrating on the lower reeds, baritone saxophone and bass clarinetist Josh Sinton's Predicate Trio brings the best of New York's Downtown improv scene through drummer Tom Rainey and cellist Christopher Hoffman, the album opening with a submerged baritone solo leading to seven original Sinton compositions and two uniquely mischievous and informed collective improvisations.
 

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Josh Sinton-baritone saxophone, bass clarinet

Christopher Hoffman-cello

Tom Rainey-drums


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Label: Iluso
Catalog ID: IRCD14
Squidco Product Code: 26619

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Australia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Buckminster Forest, on June 1st 2018.

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"Making Bones" is an expansive statement by a group of musicians who individually stand at the forefront of the creative music world. As a band, Predicate Trio converse as if telepathically, with a rhythmic fluidity and creative momentum translating Sinton's vision into joyous musical reality. From the opening bass clarinet solo piece "Mersible" with its spellbinding multiphonics, to the suspended tension of "Dance" and the rumbuctuously hard hitting "Blockblockblock", Sinton's broad and open-ended compositions are vigorously brought to life as the trio move in a seemingly perpetual motion of boundless creativity. All nine pieces on the album were recorded in single takes."-Iluso



"Bass clarinetist and baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton (Ideal Bread, Nate Wooley Quintet, Adam Hopkins' Crickets) has always been a tenacious improviser, and with his new trio bridges the gap between post-modernism, raw experimentalism and core jazz fundamentals. Featuring all-universe drummer Tom Rainey and cellist Chris Hoffman-admired for his work with cutting-edge music acolyte Henry Threadgill and other notables-this band dances and darts through undulating improv segments, and tangles with various metrics and structural facets amid a democratic group focus.

The trio is not always in a rush to establish a solid theme. But the artists' close-knit interactions and punctuating dynamics underscore the meticulously and sometimes high-velocity sub-plots. as they morph low-key developments with loosely executed improv insurrections, offbeat cadences and smoldering song-forms. For example, on "Taiga" Hoffman's guttural, sawing lines and Rainey's peppering beats preface the leader's popping and whirling notes, leading to odd-metered detours and supple exchanges, abetted with a bold constitution.

Sinton's angular, gritty and microtonal voicings seemingly border multiple dimensions of time, space and energy. On "Unreliable Mirrors" Hoffman's budding lines power the band into animated narratives as Sinton climbs registers, leading to vocal-like choruses akin to a scat singer as Rainey uses his kit to thrust the trio into a mid-tempo bop vamp towards closeout. Yet "Propulse" finds Sinton toning down his clarinet phrasings to weave a storyline that intimates a degree of uncertainty is in the air. However, the musicians proceed to dish out a whimsical, vacillating and fragmented motif, spanked by the drummer's snappy rim shots and march beats. Nonetheless, the album is fervently recommended for those who for need a jolt of adrenaline and relish a multilateral approach to the jazz vernacular."-Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz


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Artist Biographies

"Josh Sinton, a native of Southern New Jersey, born in 1971, is a creative musician who specializes in playing the baritone saxophone and bass clarinet. Growing up, his musical inspirations were his father's record collection, his brothers' record collections and watching his father play stride piano at parties. There wasn't anyone else playing music so to this day Sinton remains mystified that the music bug stuck at all.

He studied composition at the University of Chicago and improvisation at the AACM in the 1990's and then proceeded to carve out a niche for himself in Chicago writing and performing music for dance (with Julia Mayer) and theater (at Steppenwolf Studio and Bailiwick Repertory) as well as performing and studying with local musicians such as Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark, Ari Brown and Cameron Pfiffner. He would leave Chicago during this time for extended backpacking trips around Europe and India and found a lot of useful information for his later work.

Determined to overcome his technical shortcomings, he gave all this up and moved to Boston in 1999 to resume studies at the New England Conservatory. He spent five years in Boston and met, played and studied with a variety of folks including Steve Lacy, Ran Blake, Dominique Eade, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, Jim Hobbs and the Either Orchestra. Despite their encouragement, Sinton was overjoyed when he got to leave Boston in 2004.

Since then, Sinton has lived in Brooklyn, New York. He's been fortunate enough to be a long-standing member of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, the Nate Wooley Quintet, the Andrew D'Angelo DNA Orchestra and Anthony Braxton's Tricentric Orchestra. With these groups he's travelled to several countries in Europe and South America as well as played many festivals (Moers, Newport, BMW, Bergamo, Tampere Jazz Happening, etc.). Sinton is proud of the collaborators he's been able to work with (Kirk Knuffke, Tomas Fujiwara, Chad Taylor, Mary Halvorson, Ingrid Laubrock, Jeremiah Cymerman, Josh Roseman, Harris Eisenstadt, Roswell Rudd, James Fei, Denman Maroney, Han-Earl Park, Greg Tate, Curtis Hasselbring, Mike Pride, Jon Irabagon) but the list of people he still hopes to play with is vast.

As a long-standing member of the Douglass Street Music Collective, Josh Sinton has hosted hundreds of concerts over the past 7 years Brooklyn. His work has been recognized by Downbeat (Critics' and Readers' Poll), Jazz Times (Critics' Poll) and El Intruso (International Critics' Poll) and has been discussed in The Wire, Signal to Noise, Point of Departure, the New York Times and the New York City Jazz Record.

Sinton defines himself as a "creative musician" rather than a jazz musician and has done so since 2011. His reasons for this are varied and personal, but some of them are outlined here and here. Suffice to say, friendly listeners can label him what they will. Sinton will just continue creating sounds with the goal of wasting nobody's time.

Currently Sinton leads the band Ideal Bread as well playing regularly with the Nate Wooley Quintet and the Tricentric Orchestra. He is busy writing new music for himself and his collaborators as well as contributing essays to the websites of Darcy James Argue, Ethan Iverson's Do The Math, Destination: Out and Sound American."

-Josh Sinton Website (http://joshsinton.com/about/)
7/10/2024

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"Christopher is a cellist, composer, producer, engineer and filmmaker. He currently performs in Henry Threadgill's Pulitzer Prize winning ensemble Zooid, Anat Cohen Tentet, Kenny Warren Trio, Tony Malaby, Michael Blake, Darius Jones and his own projects. He has worked with Martin Scorsese, Yoko Ono, Bleachers, Iron & Wine, Ryan Adams, Marianne Faithfull, Michael Pitt & Pagoda, Marc Ribot, Butch Morris, Lee Konitz, Rudy Royston, Anna Webber, Ryan Scott, Anthony Coleman, Jeremiah Cymerman & many others."

-Christopher Hoffman Website (https://www.christopherhoffman.com/new-page-1)
7/10/2024

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"Thomas "Tom" Rainey (born 1957, Santa Barbara, California) is an American drummer.

After attending Berklee College of Music he moved to New York in 1979. He has played with American jazz saxophonist and composer Tim Berne, and also with Nels Cline, Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, Tom Varner, Drew Gress, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, and Simon Nabatov. A prolific session musician, he has appeared on close to eighty recordings over a career spanning over 25 years.

He released his own first album, Pool School (Clean Feed), in 2010."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Rainey)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Mersible 1:22

2. Bell-Ell-Ell-Ell-Ells 9:37

3. Taiga 4:17

4. A Dance 7:35

5. Blockblockblock 4:34

6. Unreliable Mirrors 9:06

7. Propulse 5:22

8. Idonal 3:35

9. Plumblum 1:10

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Jazz
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Trio Recordings
Collective Free Improvsation
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