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Karayorgis / McBride / Newton: Betwixt (Hatology)

Vandermark cohort and Pandelis Karayorgis with Nate McBride and Curt Newmon (aka MI3) is a mix of original compositions and pieces by Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, Monk, Wayne Shorter, &c.
 

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UPC: 752156065227

Label: Hatology
Catalog ID: Hatology652
Squidco Product Code: 9924

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded December 13, 14, 2006 by Andy Hong at Kimchee Records, Cambridge, MA.


Personnel:

Pandelis Karayorgis-Fender Rhodes

Nate McBride-doublebass

Curt Newton-drums

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track listing:


1. Green Chimneys 6:26

2. Saturn 9:00

3. Break Even 8:10

4. Heaven 3:06

5. Betwixt 4:53

6. Hypochristmutreefuzz 4:15

7. Pinocchio 4:16

8. Brakes' Sake 6:36

9. Light Blue 3:28

10. Curt's Escape 6:15

11. Off My Back Jack 5:57

12. Humph 3:22
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"Over the course of nearly 20 years and approximately that many recordings, Karayorgis has established himself as one of the singular, and significant, pianists of his generation. One of his trademarks has been to examine and illuminate the irregular edges of the jazz piano repertoire, as he does here ... along with original pieces that venture into peripheral terrain. But there's an unexpected ingredient in the mix of Betwixt - his choice of instrument."-Art Lange, from the liner notes

"Tutored early on by Paul Bley, and with Thelonious Monk and Lennie Tristano his most pronounced formative influences, Pandelis Karayorgis isn't the most likely pianist to become a late-adopter of the Fender Rhodes. But after some twenty years recording with an acoustic instrument, on Betwixt Karayorgis exclusively plays the electric Fender Rhodes.

Or perhaps that should be "rebirths" the Rhodes. Karayorgis comprehensively wrenches the instrument from its 1970s fusion legacy and offers it up to post-modern jazz and free improv-augmenting its palette with a Mutron (a synthesizer-like sound filter once endorsed by Stevie Wonder), a distortion pedal, and a ring modulator (a Karlheinz Stockhausen favorite which twists sounds signals into new and often dissonant frequencies).

It's a delicious conceit. The combination of analog-era electric keyboard-the Rhodes produces sound mechanically rather than digitally-and vintage sound-shifter effects positions Betwixt outside normal chronology. The music sounds simultaneously futuristic and from another, earlier space-rather like boogie woogie pianist Meade Lux Lewis' use of a celeste on a 1941 session with clarinetist Edmond Hall, available on the Charlie Christian box set The Original Guitar Genius (Proper Records, 2005), or Fats Waller's use of a church organ.

It also sounds carnivalesque, primitive, unhinged and subject to random diversions-there are times when you wonder whether Karayorgis is leading his instrument or himself being led by its deus ex machina sonics-qualities which lend themselves brilliantly to four lesser-known Monk covers. "Green Chimneys" and "Brake's Sake" are given brisk, hard swinging workouts, Karayorgis sounding at times like a mutated soul-jazz organist, at others like guitarist Jimi Hendrix. "Light Blue," like Duke Ellington's gorgeous "Heaven," is more delicate. "Humph" is more rhythmically free.

Appropriately, Karayorgis also tips his hat to seminal time-traveler Sun Ra, whose "Saturn" is given a nine-minute exposition which cleverly reverses the blueprint revealed on Jazz In Silhouette (Evidence, 1958). Ra's tricky intro is re-centered on a solid, beat-centric bass ostinato, and his delightfully retro, swing-era main theme acknowledged, taken apart and finally reassembled.

Betwixt could easily have been a freak show-and there's no denying its novelty appeal-but it's much more than that. Karayorgis' new sonic and textural peregrinations are as substantial as his acoustic piano playing, and he's robustly supported by bassist Nate McBride and drummer Curt Newton. Already compelling on this first flush, it's a direction worthy of further exploration.[...]"-Chris May, All About Jazz



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Artist Biographies:

"Nate McBride, who was born in 1971, is a very versatile double-bassist and electric bassist, and has performed with such important musicians as Dennis Gonzalez, Pandelis Karayorgis, and Ken Vandermark. McBride is a Boston native, and recently relocated to Chicago, Illinois.

He has played in the groups: Bathysphere, Bridge 61, Dennis González Boston Project, Dull Thud Trio, FME, Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms, Joe Morris Quartet, Joe Morris Trio, MI3, New Fracture Quartet, Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet, Pandelis Karayorgis Trio, Powerhouse Sound, Predella Group, Riot Trio, Spaceways Incorporated, The Engines, The Frame Quartet, The Whammies, Tripleplay, Wheelhouse"

-Nuscope, Discogs (http://nuscope.org/musicians/nate-mcbride/)
8/15/2018

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"In 2008, Curt performed with the following:

the mi3 (w/ Pandelis Karayorgis, piano and Fender Rhodes; Nate McBride, bass)The Blooming (w/ Tom Hall, tenor saxophone; Jeff Song, cello and bass)Nate McBride Quartet (w/ Charlie Kohlhase, saxophones; Taylor Ho Bynum, brass; Nate McBride, bass)blues trio Middlewest (w/ Paul Trunnell and Bill Boehm, guitars and vocals)Dave Bryant QuartetKevin Frenette QuartetMetal and Glass Ensemblesubbing for The Blue Ribbons

Prior work includes: a long association with Chicago saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark, dating back to 1986 and including four CDs; several years and three CDs with Joe Morris; a duo for Korean kayagum and chang-go with Jeff Song; and performances with musicians like sOo-Jung Kae, Jim Hobbs, Hans Poppel, Eric Hofbauer, Greg Kelley, Jorrit Dijkstra, Gabe Birnbaum, Jody Blackwell, The Poppies, Inner Beauty ....

Percussion Performances

"Curt Newton studied drum set with Bob Gullotti and has a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. His musical influences and interests, in no particular order, have included Max Roach, Andrew Cyrille, Steve Shelly, Gerry Hemingway, Joey Baron, Paul Lovens, Bob Gullotti, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Cecil Taylor, Son House, Captain Beefheart, Igor Stravinsky, Iannis Xenakis, Witold Lutoslawski, and the traditional music of Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Turkey and Greece.

Curt has periodically developed a solo drumset repetoire, with original compositions, improvisations, and works for drumset by other composers. Select peformances include

an all-drumset concert with master drummers Alan Dawson and Bob Gullotti (1992)

world premiere of John Zorn's Hwang Chin Ee for two drumsets and narrator (New England Conservatory, 1996)

original transcription of Lutoslawski String Quartet for solo drumset (1997)

activating Chen Zhen's sculpture Jue Chang (50 Strokes to Each) at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art (2002)

Chen Zhen's Jue Chang"

-Curt Newton Website (http://wap.curtnewton.com/more.html)
8/15/2018

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