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TEST / Roy Campbell: TEST / Roy Campbell (577 Records)

A live recording from 1999 at Hint House in Harlem of TEST, led by Tom Bruno on drums with Matthew Heyner on bass and Sabir Mateen on alto & tenor sax, flute & clarinet, joined by Daniel Carter on alto & tenor sax, trumpet & flute, the set recorded by Matt Motel who captures the essence of this freewheeling band who brought their music not only to jazz clubs, but also to the street and subway.
 

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Roy Campbell, Jr.-trumpet

Daniel Carter-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, flute

Sabir Mateen-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet

Matthew Heyner-bass

Tom Bruno-drums


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Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: 5819
Squidco Product Code: 29522

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded live at the Hint House,Harlem, New York, on April 16th, 1999, by Matt Mottel.

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"TEST and Roy Campbell, a live recording from April 16, 1999. This is the only known performance of Roy Campbell joining TEST: a collective band of Tom Bruno, Sabir Mateen, Daniel Carter, and Matt Heyner.

Following are edited notes from New York City musician Matt Mottel, who recorded the event:

"This performance was a benefit gig to repair the No Neck Blues Band's van. John Fahey, Lee Ranaldo, and No Neck Blues Band joined the stacked lineup at No Neck Blues Band's loft The Hint House and raised the 'bread' to fix the van. Spirits were lit with a listening and enthusiastic audience. The cathartic energy rising.

TEST occupied the public space of New York City. TEST's typical audience was a passerby on a subway platform, a curious security guard on a smoke break in midtown, or the most 'in the know' subset of gig-goers. TEST, distinctly honed their working band approach, by actively gigging multiple times a week across the NYC subway map. When they performed at a 'booked venue', the listener witnessed the bullseye acumen of a working band. This ethos of the band choosing to 'play anywhere/all the time', separated TEST from other groups.

Roy, one of the hardest working musicians on the scene, had a bear hug that would ensconce its recipient with camaraderie and love. Roy lived at the north end of the Bronx, but nightly, was downtown, uptown, or somewhere in the middle playing weekly at venues such as Lenox Lounge, The Pink Pony, Brecht Forum, Tonic, Knitting Factory and CBGB's Gallery.

Roy and TEST were ungrounded. They broke the glass ceiling on every hit, enriching the creative music community with manifest forward motion. On this album, we hear what the spirit of 'the music' is, was, and forever will be."-Matt Mottel



"Jazz ensemble Test was the brainchild of Tom Bruno. At the time, the drummer had been playing under the auspices of a program known as Music Under New York, which signed up musicians to ply their trade in the city's subways. Bruno, who sometimes paired with other artists to form duos, decided that he wanted to perform with Daniel Carter after the two musicians met in the program's offices. The pair enlisted bass player Dan O'Brien and their trio was born, but it wasn't long before the original lineup changed. O'Brien bowed out, and Matt Heyner came aboard to take his place on bass. At this time, the group also welcomed saxophone player Sabir Mateen into its ranks. After the early '90s, the group performed at least weekly in the subway system beneath New York City, or on the city's streets.

Heyner, whose mentor was William Parker, was the outfit's youngest member by at least a couple of decades. Previously, he was featured with Dave Nuss in the improvisational group No-Neck Blues Band. Carter had put in time with a crew known as Other Dimensions in Music, of which Parker was also a member along with Rashid Bakr and Roy Campbell Jr. Other ensembles that featured Carter include One World Ensemble, Tenor Rising, Drums Expanding, and Post Prandials. Mateen led his own trio, and for several decades performed with a list of other artists that included the Raphe Malik Quartet and the Pan-African People's Arkestra. Drummer Bruno died in August of 2012."-Linda Seida, All Music


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Artist Biographies

"Roy Sinclair Campbell Jr. (September 29, 1952 - January 9, 2014) was an American trumpeter frequently linked to free jazz, although he also performed rhythm and blues and funk during his career.

Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1952, Campbell was raised in New York City. At the age of fifteen he began learning to play trumpet and soon studied at the Jazz Mobile program along with Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan and Joe Newman. Throughout the 1960s, still unacquainted with the avant-garde movement, Campbell performed in the big bands of the Manhattan Community College. From the 1970s onwards he performed primarily within the context of free jazz, spending some of this period studying with Yusef Lateef.

In the early 1990s Campbell moved to the Netherlands and performed regularly with Klaas Hekman and Don Cherry. In addition to leading his own groups, he performed with Yo La Tengo, William Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Matthew Shipp, and other improvisors. Upon returning to the United States he began leading his group Other Dimensions In Music and also formed the Pyramid Trio, a pianoless trio formed with William Parker. He performed regularly as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which is held annually in New York City.

He died in January 2014 of hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at the age of 61."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Campbell_Jr.)
5/23/2024

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"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/)
5/23/2024

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"Sabir Mateen (born April 16, 1951) is a musician and composer from Philadelphia who plays primarily in the avant-garde jazz idiom. He plays tenor and alto saxophone, B♭ and alto clarinet, and flute.

As a young man, Mateen was originally a percussionist, and he started playing flute as a teenager. From there he moved to alto and then tenor saxophone. He started out playing rhythm and blues in the early 1970s which led him to the tenor saxophone chair of the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. He has performed or recorded with Cecil Taylor, Sunny Murray, William Parker, Alan Silva, Butch and Wilber Morris, Raphe Malik, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Jr., Matthew Shipp, Marc Edwards, Jemeel Moondoc, William Hooker, Henry Grimes, Rashid Bakr, Hamid Drake among others. He also is a member of the band TEST, with Daniel Carter."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabir_Mateen)
5/23/2024

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"Matthew Heyner came to New York from Richmond Virginia, an angel-faced skater boy who played bass and liked Primus. After seeing William Parker at the Alterknit he traded in his electric for an upright and became a star of the avant-garde.

Matthew plays bass for mega-art bands No Neck Blues Band and Test in addition to his work with the Mammals of Zod. He is also the husband of internationally recognized dancer and choreographer Nami Yamomoto.

Matthew plays intuitively, using the bull fiddle as an analog synthesizer with potentially unlimited sound-making potential. He has been known to play the bag he carries the bass in. Sometimes he plays his bass upside down, hanging from the ceiling.

Matthew has also played with Thurston Moore, Rashid Bakr, Matthew Shipp, and tons of other free jazz superstars."

-Wry Bread - The Mammals of Zod (http://wrybread.com/gametone/luvmammals/matthew_heyner.shtml)
5/23/2024

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"Tom Bruno was an American free jazz drummer, known for playing his drums in the subway of NYC. Founder member of Test and The New York City Artists' Collective. Born on April 14, 1932 in Canada; died on August 22, 2012."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/331015-Tom-Bruno)
5/23/2024

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1. TEST And Roy Campbell 47:08

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