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Mateen, Sabir: Urdla XXX (RogueArt)

Legendary multi-reedist Sabir Matten in a live solo performance from URDLA in Vileurbanne, France, 2008; intensely logical playing from this unique voice.

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UPC: 3760131270266

Label: RogueArt
Catalog ID: 26
Squidco Product Code: 12773

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: France
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded live on October 11th 2008 at URDLA (Vileurbanne, France). Mastering: Jean-Pierre Bouquet at L'autre Studio, Vaires-sur-Marne, France.


Sabir Mateen-alto clarinet, alto saxophone, small percussions, vocal

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track listing:

1. The City of Lyon 2:43

2. Art Dance 9:39

3. Dakka Du Boo Yu 7:43

4. Music is Sound and Sound is Music 1:27

5. Jimmy Lyons 4:32

6. Sekasso Blues 9:30

7. One fr the Rev.-Rev. Frank Wright 9:24

8. More than a Hammer and Nail 3:46

9. Blessing to you 3:08
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"The dramatic act of this performance draws a deambulatory line colouring each phase in the sound of the required instrument; large discursive logic intensity in the atmosphere appropriate to each segment. After his entry "City of Lyon" which sets the happening hic et nunc, the second piece "Art Dance" on alto clarinet is heard as a twirling questioning with changes of mood from anger to melancholy: bal(l)ade autumnal de Dakka Du Boo Yu", again on the clarinet."Music is Sound, Sound is Music" thunders suddenly like an urgent manifesto poem. From now on, it's the alto saxophone that will lead the evening serenade. Is it Lyon which assonance calls for the invocation of Jimmy Lyons? The chant becomes progressively more intimate, less "freenetic" and the evening comes to an end in a melodious serenity.

Poetic episode in the luxuriant existence of URDLA, this concert offered as a present to its adepts will remain thanks to RogueArt, a pearl in the treasury of progressive music."-Max Schoendorff, from the liner notes

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."

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