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Kaplan, Noah Quartet: Out Of The Hole (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

West Coast composer and saxophonist Noah Kaplan, associated with Anthony Coleman, David Tronzo, Peter Erskine, Rinde Eckert, Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Joe Maneri, &c., here in his 3rd album with his Noah Kaplan Quartet, in a set of original compositions and one standard performed with Joe Morris (guitar), Giacomo Merega (electric bass) & Jason Nazary (drums, electronics).
 

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Noah Kaplan-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Joe Morris-guitar

Giacomo Merega-electric bass

Jason Nazary-drums, electronics


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UPC: 752156101727

Label: ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd
Catalog ID: ezz-thetics 1017
Squidco Product Code: 28763

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Firehouse12, in New haven Connecticut, on April 12th, 2012, by Eric Dawson.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"By way of re-introduction, we need to know that Noah Kaplan has become Noah K; that his initial hatOLOGY album, Descendants, was recorded in 2008 and issued in 2011; that the second, Cluster Swerve, was record- ed in 2011 and issued in 2017; that Out Of The Hole was recorded in 2012 and is now receiving its first issuance; and most importantly that all three have been the product of the same four musicians. Further, it may help to know that Noah's musical career since 2012 has expanded to include idiomatic, yet personal, compositions for string quartet, orchestra, and various unusual instrumen- tal combinations, as well as an opera, Salvation, which in part may explain the interval between his "jazz/improvisational" albums.

But why release this music after eight years? The saxophonist himself acknowledges that a quartet "reunion" gig in 2017 reminded him of the previously unreleased material's growth and substance, and Werner Uehlinger agreed and committed to releasing it now, on his new ezz-thetics label. Character, imagination, and distinctiveness - only three of this music's many virtues - are subject to no temporal limitations. Thus time passing has no significance other than the altering of our perception - which, musically and metaphorically, seems to be on the mind of Noah K as well. [...]"-Art Lange, from the liner notes


Artist Biographies

"Noah Kaplan is a composer and saxophonist from Topanga, CA. His music blends the dark energy of free jazz with Romantic lyricism in new realms of tonality. Kaplan has composed for the JACK quartet, PRISM quartet, So Percussion, and the American Modern Ensemble, among others. He performs in and composes for Dollshot, the art-rock band he co-leads, who recently recorded their second album, his song cycle, Lalande. He is currently collaborating with writer Hampton Fancher on a sci-fi opera. As an improviser, Kaplan has performed and/or recorded with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, David Tronzo, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Rinde Eckert, Mat Maneri and Joe Maneri, among many others. The Noah Kaplan Quartet's debut album Descendants was released on HatHut Records in 2011. Their second album, Cluster Swerve, will be out on HatHut in early 2017.

Noah is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition at Princeton University where he is a Naumburg and Mark Nelson doctoral fellow. He graduated from New England Conservatory in 2006 with a B.M. in Jazz Performance, and received an M.F.A. in Music Composition from Princeton in 2015. He was the William and Mary Greve Foundation-John J. Tommaney Memorial Fellow in Composition at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2016.

In addition to composing and improvising, he produces new classical and experimental music for Underwolf Records. He recently edited a new English edition of Ivan Wyschnegradsky's Manual of Quarter-Tone Harmony, which will be released on Underwolf Press in early 2017. He lives in Brooklyn."

-Noah Kaplan Website (https://kaplan.me/)
6/19/2024

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"Joe Morris was born in New Haven, Connecticut on September 13, 1955. At the age of 12 he took lessons on the trumpet for one year. He started on guitar in 1969 at the age of 14. He played his first professional gig later that year. With the exception of a few lessons he is self-taught. The influence of Jimi Hendrix and other guitarists of that period led him to concentrate on learning to play the blues. Soon thereafter his sister gave him a copy of John Coltrane's OM, which inspired him to learn about Jazz and New Music. From age 15 to 17 he attended The Unschool, a student-run alternative high school near the campus of Yale University in downtown New Haven. Taking advantage of the open learning style of the school he spent most of his time day and night playing music with other students, listening to ethnic folk, blues, jazz, and classical music on record at the public library and attending the various concerts and recitals on the Yale campus. He worked to establish his own voice on guitar in a free jazz context from the age of 17. Drawing on the influence of Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cecil Taylor,Thelonius Monk, Ornette Coleman as well as the AACM, BAG, and the many European improvisers of the '70s. Later he would draw influence from traditional West African string music, Messian, Ives, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Lyons, Steve McCall and Fred Hopkins. After high school he performed in rock bands, rehearsed in jazz bands and played totally improvised music with friends until 1975 when he moved to Boston.

Between 1975 and 1978 he was active on the Boston creative music scene as a soloist as well as in various groups from duos to large ensembles. He composed music for his first trio in 1977. In 1980 he traveled to Europe where he performed in Belgium and Holland. When he returned to Boston he helped to organize the Boston Improvisers Group (BIG) with other musicians. Over the next few years through various configurations BIG produced two festivals and many concerts. In 1981 he formed his own record company, Riti, and recorded his first LpWraparound with a trio featuring Sebastian Steinberg on bass and Laurence Cook on drums. Riti records released four more LPs and CDs before 1991. Also in 1981 he began what would be a six year collaboration with the multi-instrumentalist Lowell Davidson, performing with him in a trio and a duo. During the next few years in Boston he performed in groups which featured among others; Billy Bang, Andrew Cyrille, Peter Kowald, Joe McPhee, Malcolm Goldstein, Samm Bennett, Lawrence "Butch" Morris and Thurman Barker. Between 1987 and 1989 he lived in New York City where he performed at the Shuttle Theater, Club Chandelier, Visiones, Inroads, Greenwich House, etc. as well as performing with his trio at the first festival Tea and Comprovisation held at the Knitting Factory.

In 1989 he returned to Boston. Between 1989 and 1993 he performed and recorded with his electric trio Sweatshop and electric quartet Racket Club. In 1994 he became the first guitarist to lead his own session in the twenty year history of Black Saint/Soulnote Records with the trio recording Symbolic Gesture. Since 1994 he has recorded for the labels ECM, Hat Hut, Leo, Incus, Okka Disc, Homestead, About Time, Knitting Factory Works, No More Records, AUM Fidelity and OmniTone and Avant. He has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as a solo and as a leader of a trio and a quartet. Since 1993 he has recorded and/or performed with among others; Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe and Mat Maneri, Rob Brown, Raphe Malik, Ivo Pearlman, Borah Bergman, Andrea Parkins, Whit Dickey, Ken Vandermark, DKV Trio, Karen Borca, Eugene Chadborne, Susie Ibarra, Hession/Wilkinson/Fell, Roy Campbell Jr., John Butcher, Aaly Trio, Hamid Drake, Fully Celebrated Orchestra and others.

He began playing acoustic bass in 2000 and has since performed with cellist Daniel Levin, Whit Dickey and recorded with pianist Steve Lantner.

He has lectured and conducted workshops trroughout the US and Europe. He is a former member of the faculty of Tufts University Extension College and is currently on the faculty at New England Conservatory in the jazz and improvisation department. He was nominated as Best Guitarist of the year 1998 and 2002 at the New York Jazz Awards."

-Joe Morris Website (http://www.joe-morris.com/biography.html)
6/19/2024

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Giacomo Merega is an Italian electric bassist known for the groups Dollshot, Noah Kaplan Quartet, Trio (Mit) Marlene.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/2538935-Giacomo-Merega)
6/19/2024

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"Jason Nazary is a drummer/producer from Atlanta, GA. Moving to New York in 2005, Jason has already begun to make an impact on the improvised music scene. His raw approach to improvisation blends a variety of influences from Tony Williams to J Dilla to Morton Feldman to Lightning Bolt. Jason plays in a variety of different projects, most notably free jazz/punk/soul band Little Women, who have toured North America and Europe extensively and released three records, the latest of which being Lung, on AUM Fidelity. He also is featured on recordings with Joe Morris, Darius Jones, Dave Crowell, Olga Bell, Travis Reuter, to name a few."

-Jason Nazary Website (https://jasonnazary.wordpress.com/about/)
6/19/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Out Of The Hole 7:14

2. Aprosexia 12:06

3. Unwelt 12:31

4. Tunnel Mouth 14:50

5. Ed Sullivan 7:23

6. Stella By Starlight 9:12

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Hat Art
Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Saxophone & Drummer / Percussionist Duos
Duo Recordings
Hat Hut Masters Sale
Jazz & Improvisation Based on Compositions

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