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Levin, Ike Trio (feat Shao-Way Wu / Tim DuRoche): ReEmergence (Self Released)

A set of original compositions from Portland saxophonist, bass clarinetist and composer Ike Levin, a frequent collaborator of pianist Joel Futterman, here with his trio of Shao-Way Wu on contrabass and Tim DuRoche on drums & percussions, performing eight pieces of structurally interesting forms yielding passionate playing, from free jazz energy to lyrical introspection.
 

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Ike Levin-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet

Shao-Way Wu-contrabass

Tim DuRoche-drums, percussion


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UPC: 806102125104

Label: Self Released
Catalog ID: 806102125104
Squidco Product Code: 33163

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold In Plastic Sleeve
Recorded at dB Nation Studios, in Portland, Oregon, in June, 2022, by Sean Gillies.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"This recordings presents a series of original compositions created spontaneously by Ike Levin's Trio that take the listener on a spirited emotional journey characterized by spiraling heights of intense passion and expressive catharsis to meditative depths of reflective introspection. Levin plays off and takes full advantage of the various rhythmic motifs and pulsing foundations created by his collaborators.

These three musicians engage in a variety of spirited conversation that merge their unique voices into a coherent and stirring array of musical inventions stretching the boundaries of tonality, rhythm and harmony. Each original composition entirely unfolds unpredictably without anty preconceptions or reliance on musical cliches, yet with a reverence for the rich heritage of fre and mainstream jazz. This is a tight improvisational Trio whose hearts and ears are open to each other and whose music readily navigates the borderline between "inside" and "outside". This recordings offers another strong contribution to improvised music in the 21st century".-Charles Lester Music


Artist Biographies

"Ike Levin has been playing reed instruments professionally for over 28 years. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Ike was an active performer in the windy city's vibrant jazz, blues, and new music scene before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area. He studied music composition at the Roosevelt University Conservatory of Music and in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While a student, Ike performed as a regular member of the University of Illinois Jazz Orchestra and played with the Jazz Members Big Band comprised of many of the Chicago area's top jazz musicians who used the Band as a forum for original arrangements and experimental compositions. Ike studied privately with legendary jazz saxophone master Joe Daley who helped him develop his technique and establish his neo-bop foundations.

Ike also studied with Fred Anderson, one of the co-founders of the Chicago based avant-garde jazz organization Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM). Under the tutelage of Fred Anderson Ike began to explore new musical frontiers for his improvisational work unencumbered by harmonic structures and strict time meter. As he tells it, "At first, I thought Fred was going to get me into abstract concepts of the music, but initially we used to play Charlie Parker heads over and over again together. He was getting me into Bird's amazing concept of phrasing which is the foundation of all improvisational work." However, his real development as a jazz musician came from listening and occasionally sitting in with the many great jazz artists who came through Chicago's jazz clubs during the 70's and early 80's. Whether its "straight ahead" or freer forms of jazz, Ike is never content to rely on clichés or simply replicate past musical phrases. Instead, he is always searching for new musical ideas and sounds all the while focusing on keeping the music swinging.

Ike's orientation to his instruments and approach to jazz improvisation has had a multitude of influences. Some of his major influences include the saxophonists John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Lyons, Sonny Rollins, and Dexter Gordon, as well as Albert Ayler. The music of Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus have also influenced his approach and concept of improvisation. Additionally, Ike identifies such 20th century composers as Bartok, Perdercki, and Boulez as influencing the way he conceives of musical composition and tonality.

In addition to Chicago and San Francisco, Ike has performed in cities across the US and Canada including Portland, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Toronto. For the past 7 years, Ike has had a very productive association with pianist Joel Futterman with whom he performs and records regularly. He has also performed with such internationally acclaimed musicians as Ira Sullivan, Robert Barry, Wilbur Campbell, Reggie Nicholson, Alvin Fielder, Ed Petersen, and Bay Area jazz stalwarts Oluyemi Thomas, Randall Hunt, Smiley Winters, Walter Savage, and Kash Killion. Ike has also led his own quartets and small ensembles comprised of veteran jazz talents."

-All About Jazz (https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/ikelevin)
6/12/2024

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"Shao Way Wu is a freelance jazz bassist and Portland resident who grew up in Hong Kong. He moved to the Bay Area in 1971 at the age of fifteen. For two decades Wu was a pillar of the Humboldt County, CA jazz community. His artistic spirit has been thriving in Portland, where he's released a handful of albums and collaborated with a swath of northwest creatives. Current projects include The CMG Extradition Series, John Savage Quartet, Bryan Smith Quartet, Alan Cook Collective, JB Butler Trio, John Niekrasz Trio, Ike Levin Trio, Chris Lee Duo."

-Creative Music Guild (https://creativemusicguild.org/open-improv-hosted-by-shao-way-wu/)
6/12/2024

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"Tim DuRoche (Drums) works regularly with the collective ensemble Battle Hymns & Gardens and The Kin Trio, and has logged in extensive time with an array of US and European avant- garde jazz innovators, including Dominic Duval, Burton Greene, Matana Roberts, Paul Plimley- Lisle Ellis, Wally Shoup, Gust Burns, Bert Wilson, Urs Leimgruber, Jon Raskin, Perry Robinson, Jack Wright, Doug Theriault, Marco Eneidi, Didier Petit, and Frank Gratkowski, among others. Tim is the host of "The New Thing," a weekly radio jazz radio show on KMHD 89.1 FM and is the author of the book Occasional Jazz Conjectures (Durable Goods)."

-Tim DuRoche Website (http://www.timduroche.com/?p=305)
6/12/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Unimetry 8:10

2. Flourish 9:11

3. Dawning 10:47

4. Inception 13:54

5. Nocturne 7:47

6. Spirit Joy 8:05

7. Opt In 7:19

8. Bluish 5:57

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Trio Recordings
West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
New in Improvised Music
Jazz & Improvisation Based on Compositions

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