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Carter, Daniel / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver : Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1 (577 Records)

After decades playing together, the quartet of Daniel Carter on tenor sax, trumpet & flute, Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums, release the first of two planned studio albums, with two extended and remarkably warm collective excursions bookending a shorter "Scintillate", in an exceptionally solid album of masterful modern jazz.
 

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Daniel Carter-tenor saxophone, trumpet, flute

Matthew Shipp-piano

William Parker-bass

Gerald Cleaver-drums


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UPC: 755491192085

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: 5837-1CD
Squidco Product Code: 29354

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Sear Sound, in New York City, New York, on October 29th, 2019, by Jeremy Loucas.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Are you ready for magic? The master musicians Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver will provide access with this album, the first they have released after playing together for decades.

Daniel Carter has been collaborating with William Parker since the early 70s and with Matthew Shipp starting in the mid 80s. This trio has played together on many recordings but by adding legendary drummer Gerald Cleaver to the mix they have created a masterpiece combination; a supergroup of sorts. This all-star project is presented in two parts/LPs. This is the first volume - with volume two scheduled to be published in the near future.

Listen to Welcome Adventure! and experience the mystical journey of these masterful artists as they guide you through the realm of magic."-577 Music



"Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver: ItÕs a mouthful and also a very significant chunk of Downtown NYC royalty. Multi-horn master Carter goes back almost fifty years with the bass icon Parker and the innovative pianist Shipp about 35 years, and all three have recorded together on several occasions over the years. Now with the addition of the drum boss Cleaver, a great combination just got greater.

More than anything, Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1 shows how the introduction of just one new member into a stew of vets so familiar with each other radically changes the dynamics.

Majestic Travel Agency begins, perhaps unexpectedly, as a groove. ThatÕs on Cleaver, who lays an unusual pulse underneath ShippÕs insistent note. Parker locates a precise pulse and before Carter even enters the picture, a unit fully integrated around this rhythm is formed. Carter just rides it nice and easy and as Cleaver pivots to a subtle snare roll, Shipp changes, too, densifying his phrasing. Ultimately, the song settles until a malleable mid-tempo gait, and as Carter and Shipp leisurely solo, ParkerÕs bass note placements are locked into CleaverÕs kick drum.

Carter is one of the very rare legit sax players who can slay it on the trumpet, too, and heÕs doing just that on ÒScintillate.Ó Just as he does on reed, he never forces out the phrasing, he lets it come to him instead. The rest of the guys put together a bluesy swing thatÕs for them uncharacteristically straight ahead but itÕs the perfect feel the song calls for.

But Carter isnÕt yet done pulling instruments out of his bag; ÒEar-regularitiesÓ is a feature for his flute (and later, muted trumpet) and he engages in some nice give-and-take with Shipp. Listen deeper and youÕll hear William Parker alternately lock in tightly with CleaverÕs serpentine patters and then with a bow connect with Shipp. In truth, all three are interconnected in a way that couldnÕt be synced better if it were scripted. Just as in ÒMajestic Travel Agency,Ó Parker discreetly twists the rhythm with a slight alteration to his bass pattern, Cleaver immediately picks up on it and adjusts accordingly, and before you know it, the song is transformed into something thatÕs rather funky. From there is a slow descent into something elegiac, with Carter playing an open trumpet with the sensitivity of Miles.

Note that the words ÒVolume 1Ó is in the albumÕs title. ThatÕs right, Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver recorded two albumsÕ worth of material and word is that Volume 2 will be out, too, before long. Based on what IÕm hearing on the first volume, it canÕt come soon enough."-S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

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Artist Biographies

"Daniel Carter (born December 28, 1945, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American experimental saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player active mainly in New York City since the early 1970s.

Carter is a prolific performer and has recorded or performed with William Parker, Federico Ughi, DJ Logic, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sonic Youth, scientist/musician Matthew Putman, Cooper-Moore, Sam Rivers, David S. Ware, Yoko Ono, Living Colour, Medensky Martin and Wood and Jaco Pastorius among others. He is a member of the cooperative free jazz groups TEST and Other Dimensions In Music."

-577 Records (http://www.577records.com/danielcarter/)
6/19/2024

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"Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe Mitchell's Note Factory before making the decision to concentrate on his own music.

Mr Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own- and he's one of the few in jazz that can say so. Mr. Shipp has recorded a lot of albums with many labels but his 2 most enduring relationships have been with two labels. In the 1990s he recorded a number of chamber jazz cds with Hatology, a group of cds that charted a new course for jazz that, to this day, the jazz world has not realized. In the 2000s Mr Shipp has been curator and director of the label Thirsty Ear's "Blue Series" and has also recorded for them. In this collection of recordings he has generated a whole body of work that is visionary, far reaching and many faceted."

-Matthew Shipp Website (http://www.matthewshipp.com/bio.html)
6/19/2024

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"William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City, heralded by The Village Voice as, "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time."

In addition to recording over 150 albums, he has published six books and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists.

Parker's current bands include the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, In Order to Survive, Raining on the Moon, Stan's Hat Flapping in the Wind, and the Cosmic Mountain Quartet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore. Throughout his career he has performed with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, and David S. Ware, among others."

-William Parker Website (http://www.williamparker.net/)
6/19/2024

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"Gerald Cleaver (born May 4, 1963) is an African-American jazz drummer from Detroit, Michigan. Cleaver's father is drummer John Cleaver Jr., originally from Springfield, Ohio, and his mother was from Greenwood, Mississippi. Gerald had six older siblings. Cleaver joined the jazz faculty at the University of Michigan in 1995. He has performed or recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitous, Michael Formanek, Tomasz Sta ko, Franck Amsallem and others.

Under the name Veil of Names, Cleaver released an album called Adjust on the Fresh Sounds New Talent label in 2001. It featured Maneri, Ben Monder, Andrew Bishop, Craig Taborn and Reid Anderson and was a Best Debut Recording Nominee by the Jazz Journalists Association. Cleaver currently leads the groups Uncle June, Black Host, Violet Hour and NiMbNl as well as working as a sideman with many different artists."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Cleaver_(musician))
6/19/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Majestic Travel Agency 13:04

2. Scintillate 4:39

3. Ear-Regularities 20:01

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Collective Free Improvsation
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Quartet Recordings
Parker, William
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