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Tsahar, Assif Brass Reeds Ensemble: The Hollow World (Hopscotch Records)

Tsahar's 9-piece Brass Reeds Ensemble Herb Robertson, Chris Jonas, Rob Brown, Susie Ibarra, &c. is an ambitious and incredible undertaking of group improvisation.
 

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UPC: 015568230981

Label: Hopscotch Records
Catalog ID: Hop 03
Squidco Product Code: 11919

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2000
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Jim Staley live at Roulette, New York on March 30, 1999. Mastered by Paul Geluso at Harvest Works.


Personnel:

Herb Robertson-trumpet

Cuong Vu-trumpet

Vincent Chancey-french horn

Joe Daley-tuba

Chris Jonas-soprano saxophone

Rob Brown-alto saxophone

Susie Ibarra-drums

Assif Tsahar-tenor sax

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track listing:


1. Tapestry Of Dreams 19:12

2. The Edge Of Infinity 13:15

3. Rainbow On My Table 5:29

4. The Hollow World 11:48

5. The Luminous Tree 12:02
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"In the realms of creative improvised music, ambitious undertakings are often a risky enterprise. Especially taxing is the drafting of music for large collectives of musicians. Designing an environment that nurtures both individual and group improvisation in a space populated by numerous instrumental voices can sometimes portend failure for even the most seasoned improviser/composer. On his latest release Assif Tsahar stares these realities boldly in the face and cleverly circumvents them through an ingenious use of space and an almost Ellingtonian-like understanding of the capabilities of the musicians in his ensemble. The finished product is something to marvel at, a nine-piece group comprised almost totally of brass and reed players and fueled rhythmically by only a single drummer. It's no accident that the drummer happens to be Susie Ibarra, Tsahar's wife. Her presence as rhythmic fulcrum is a crucial contribution to the successful strategy deployed by the group.

The cast of horn players assembled is no less impressive. Comprised of a cadre culled from the upper echelons of New York's current improvising community, the ensemble dives into Tsahar's compositions with enthusiasm and candor. Of particular note are the contributions of Chancey and Daley whose deeper brass instruments more than make up for the dearth of a traditional string bass presence. At the opposite end of the sonic spectrum Jonas handles upper register duties with a alacritous energy and imagination. The five pieces over which the ensemble ranges often focus on smaller combinations of instruments rather than the collective voice of the entire group, though no one ever stays on the bench for too long. Some of the most interesting moments occur when Tsahar pairs players together. The opening "Tapestry of Dreams" features a number of such duos including an exciting exchange between Tsahar and Brown. When these two trade phrases the results are rarely less than extraordinary. "Edge of Dreams" is likewise packed with insightful conversations from Brown and Daley, and Chancey and Vu. "Rainbow at My Table" builds a reverent tribute to William Parker, one of Tsahar's chief mentors, and the bassist's Little Huey Orchestra is invoked in the densely conceived horn charts Tsahar devises for the piece. [...]"-Derek Taylor


Artist Biographies:

"Vincent Chancey - French Horn and Composer

Over the past 25 years I have built a solid reputation as an accomplished and totally dedicated french horn player, performing in a wide variety of musical contexts, and as an increasingly active composer. My first instrument as a member of the junior high school band was the cornet and later the trumpet and fluglehorn. But after hearing the french horn during rehearsals I felt a strong affinity for that instrument and was happily able to make the change. Simultaniously with my band experience in high school, I was first active in Giles Yellow Jackets and later the St. Andrews Hornets and the DesPlaines Vanguard competitive drum & bugle corps. Through high school and college, I lived a kind of musical schizophrenia, studying and playing classical music, but listening to and loving jazz. Continuing in that direction for some time, I finally decided that I needed some instruction on how to approach jazz on this instrument.

Upon graduation from the Southern Illinois University School of Music, I moved to New York to seek out and study with the long-time pioneering jazz french hornist Julius Watkins. I was able to win a N.E.A. grant to begin this study program. After several years of instruction and hard practice, I first came to prominence as a regular member of the Sun Ra Arkestra from 1976 to 1978. After that I worked sporadically for Sun Ra, making a number of recordings with the ensemble, and then worked for six years with the Carla Bley Band. In 1984, I joined Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy and have been featured on all of the group's nine recordings. For many years, I have also been part of the David Murray Big Band in which I am featured on five CD's. I have been able to employ my talent playing with Chick Corea, Cassandra Wilson, Shirley Horn, Randy Weston, The Gil Evans Orchestra and The Mingus Orchestra. In the Contemporary Classical idiom , I have worked with Guus Janssen on varied projects in The Netherlands. I have also performed with popular artists such as Ashford and Simpson, Melba Moore, Peggy Lee, Maxwell, Aretha Franklin, Freddy Jackson, The Winans, Elvis Costello, Brandy, Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra, Dave Douglas, singer Diana Krall and many more. In 2000 I had the honor of playing a performance for Pope John Paul II's 80th birthday concert.

I have recorded as a sideman with various artist on more than 150 albums, CD's and soundtracks. Eventually I came to the point that many musicians reach when they feel the need for more personal creative expression. I began writing music that could best express myself and my instrument. I felt that no one was writing for the french horn the way I knew it could be played. Several bands were put together over many years, which lead to my first CD. This recording entitled "Welcome Mr. Chancey" was released in 1993 on In + Out Records. A quartet was featured on this album using electric guitar, bass and drums. I enjoyed working with this group, but felt that I wanted to do something closer to the music that I had always listened to as a developing jazz musician, classic jazz. I started first by composing music that I thought worked with the way I liked to play my instrument. Soon after I was asked to do a CD of music commemorating my jazz horn teacher, Julius Watkins and his group, The Jazz Modes. In 1996 I recorded my second CD "Vincent Chancey and Next Mode" on DIW records. This one featured a Quintet with tenor saxophone, piano, bass, and drums.

The french horn is my natural voice. Throughout my career I have been devoted to the idea of achieving wider recognition for the horn as a jazz instrument and I have constantly sought to increase the capability of the instrument and overcome the inherent problems of adapting it to the vocabulary of jazz."

-Vincent Chancey Website (http://www.vincentchancey.com/biography.htm)
11/29/2017

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"Rob Brown (born February 27, 1962) is an American free jazz saxophonist and composer.

Rob was born in Hampton, VA. He started playing saxophone at the age of 12 or 13. His first gigs were with a local Virginia and swing band. He eventually studied at Berklee College for two years and worked privately with both Joe Viola and John LaPorta. After a year on the west coast, Brown bounced back to Boston, where he met pianist Matthew Shipp. He moved to NY in 1984 where he enrolled at New York University, earned a music degree, and studied with saxophone masters such as Lee Konitz, but the teacher who had more influence on Rob conceptually was Philadelphian Dennis Sandole. Rob took the train to Philly once a week to study with him for a year and a half.

His first issued recording was the duet with Shipp Sonic Explorations and since then has been actively leading groups or working as a sideman with Shipp, William Parker, Whit Dickey, Joe Morris and Steve Swell.

He is a 2001 CalArts/Alpert/Ucross Residency Prize winner and has received many Meet The Composer Fund grants. In 2006 Rob was awarded a Chamber Music America New Works grant."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Brown_(saxophonist))
11/29/2017

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