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Mateen, Sabir / Patrick Holmes / Federico Ughi : Survival Situation (577 Records)

Having played together in a variety of settings, but never as a trio, saxophonist Sabir Mateen, clarinetist Patrick Holmes and drummer Federico Ughi met in a recording studio in Tuscany, Italy to record this album of wide-ranging free improvisation, Mateen's Farfisa playing and vocal declamations bringing a Sun Ra element to the vehement and profound dialog.
 

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Sabir Mateen-saxophones, clarinets, flute, farfisa Matador, voice

Patrick Holmes-clarinet

Federico Ughi-drums


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UPC: 755491179192

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: 5811
Squidco Product Code: 29786

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Jambona Lab, in Pisa, Italy, on March 19th, 2019, by Antonio Castiello and Aldo De Sanctis.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Iconic downtown sax player Sabir Mateen, together with up-and-coming Texan clarinetist Patrick Holmes and drum wiz Federico Ughi, celebrate the cosmic dimensions of creative music via their new album Survival Situation.

The three musicians have collaborated in the past, in New York, in different projects but never as a trio. This time they met in a recording studio in Tuscany, Italy, not far from where Sabir Mateen has been living for the last few years. They freely improvised, then took the tapes back to the studio and created this album, strongly influenced by Sun Ra, with whom Mateen played during various times throughout the '80s until 1991. The other-worldly elements of the Arkestra's universe are found here through the way Mateen uses vocals and plays keyboard.

Sabir Mateen also lists as major influences his work with Horace Tapscott from 1977 to 1981, where and when he grew to be the legendary player that we know and his association with Cecil Taylor's large ensemble from 2002-2005.

Listen to the Survival Situation album, also available in limited edition vinyl, to directly connect to a legacy of magic in sound, as it projects towards the future of creative music."-577 Records



"Multi-reedist Sabir Mateen has been around so much greatness such as Cecil Taylor, Sunny Murray, William Parker, Steve Swell, Matthew Shipp, Henry Grimes and Hamid Drake, because he's pretty great himself. An improviser with depth and passion, the Philadelphia-born Mateen resides in Bologna, Italy these days. Recently, he laid down some tracks with Texas clarinetist Patrick Holmes and drumming ace Federico Ughi in nearby Tuscany. Those sessions produced spontaneous ideas that were later molded in the end product named Survival Situation.

Across five tracks of varying length is a showcase not just for the finesse of all three but also the ingenuity and diverse talents of Mateen. His Farfisa Matador organ accompanying clarinet and drums on "Freedom of Souls" throw off an odd, retro-future vibe, which squares up well with Mateen's Sun Ra experience - he was in the Arkestra in the 80s/early 90s - and Holmes finds a connection with him. Mateen isn't just making sounds with that organ, he's using his mouth, too, mixing non-words and spoken word exhortations "marching, marching on the road to freedom." The poetry part serves as a bridge to another passage of the song, underpinned by Ughi's slow, crisp groove, and thrust even deeper into a cosmic realm than before.

Mateen mans a sax to entwine with Holmes on "Souls" as Ughi finds complementary timbres on his drum kit. Holmes recedes and it becomes a tête-à-tête between the other two, a captivating one at that, before it abruptly ends. Next, Mateen uses a flute to engage with Holmes on "Layers of Sound" and he threw in some faint psychedelic buzzes from that Matador just to give it a menacing edge.

"Clarifying" opens with the impish saxophone of Mateen, a contrast to the near-dirge that follows from the other two. Mateen swaps his reed for a flute as the song picks up momentum and later comes back to the sax when the nature of the performance shifts again. It's this flexibility and a great sense of where a song is headed that gives Mateen the aptitude to keep a jam going with intent.

"You Can't Touch That Because It Didn't Hurt" is just a straight up sax/clarinet/drums improv conference that leans heavy on instinct and empathy, things that come in ample supply with these ace musicians. Holmes takes it slow and soulful while Mateen races past him with a more urgent message."-S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

Also avaiable on vinyl LP.

Artist Biographies

"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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"Patrick Holmes. There are few people in the world of New York music and night life whom I adore as much as Patrick Holmes. Originally from Austin, TX he (like me) started on electric bass as a teenager, switching over to the clarinet at age 24. He's been in New York for the past twenty years, working diligently to refine a voice and approach to the clarinet that is uniquely his own. He has studied with Connie Crothers and Sabir Mateen and he has performed with Ryan Sawyer, Daniel Carter, Masami Tomihisa, Axel Dörner and many many more. Whether it's about clarinets, jazz, booze, food, metal or just plain shit, Patrick is one of my favorite people to talk to and I'm really happy that this conversation finally happened for the podcast."

-5049 Records (http://www.5049records.com/podcast/patrick-holmes)
5/23/2024

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"Federico Ughi is a drummer and composer based in New York. Federico Ughi's music infuses the New York avant-garde sound with a sense of melody inspired by the Italian classical and folk traditions of his childhood in Rome. Ornette Coleman has been a major influence for Federico as well as a mentor.

Born in Rome, Italy Federico relocated to London at age 21 to play music, from there moving to New York in 2000 again to play music. He has been based in Brooklyn, NY ever since.

He has performed or recorded with Daniel Carter, William Parker, The Cinematic Orchestra, Blue Foundation among others. Federico Ughi has performed throughout Italy, the UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Lithuania, China, Mexico, Canada and the US."

-577 Records (http://www.577records.com/federicoughi/)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Freedom of Souls 14:27

2. Souls 4:22

3. Layers of Sound 6:20

4. Clarifying 13:29

Related Categories of Interest:


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

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

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