Saxophonist Jason Robinson and pianist Anthony Davis in their first collaboration in 9 years, an album that references and steps off from the beautiful blues compositions of Duke Ellington.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF198
Squidco Product Code: 13423
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded December 5th and 6th, 2008 at Northfire Studios, Amherst, Massachusetts by Angelo Quaglia.
Jason Robinson-soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, alto flute
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"Anthony Davis (born February 20, 1951), is an American jazz pianist, composer, and student of gamelan music. Davis is best known for his operas including X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, which was premiered by the New York City Opera in 1986, Amistad, which premiered with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1997, and Wakonda's Dream, which premiered at Opera Omaha in 2007.
Davis was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He taught at Yale University and Harvard University, and has played with Anthony Braxton and Leo Smith. In 1981, Davis formed an octet called Episteme. He also wrote the incidental music for the Broadway version of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. He incorporates several styles including jazz, rhythm 'n' blues, gospel, non-Western, African, European classical, Indonesian, and experimental music.
Davis has received acclaim as a free-jazz pianist, a co-leader or sideman with various ensembles. Such ensembles include those that featured Smith as bandleader from 1974 to 1977.
Davis is professor of music at the University of California, San Diego. His opera Wakonda's Dream is a tale of a contemporary Native American family and the history that affects them.
His opera Lilith (libretto by Allan Havis) had its world premiere at the Conrad Prebys Music Center in UCSD on December 4, 2009. The story is about Adam's first wife, set in a modern era."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Davis_(composer))
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1. Shimmer 8:42
2. Someday I'll Know 8:49
3. Vicissitudes (for Mel) 6:32
4. Translucence 8:59
5. Of Blues and Dreams 9:33
6. Andrew 7:03
7. Cerulean Seas and Viridian Skies 7:27
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"We had to wait nine years to have a new recording featuring the collaboration of saxophonist Jason Robinson and pianist Anthony Davis. After two critically acclaimed tracks on Robinson's 2001 release "Tandem" (Accretions), this new CD is a manifestation of the two musicians' love for the music of Duke Ellington, for the blues format and, more fundamentally, for the blues song in the way the great composer understood it in "Mood Indigo", "Transbluesency" and "Azure", among other pieces.
Of course, what they do with both references isn't literal, but a recreation made in the context of the present creative jazz, a field in which they're indisputable masters. As Robinson himself writes on his liner notes, "if Ellington were to collaborate with science fiction author Samuel R. Delany, one might encounter a cerulean landscape". Jason Robinson is a confessed experimentalist, either using electronics and/or trying alternative combinations between improvisation and composition. Co-leading the band Cosmologic, playing with the likes of George Lewis, Eugene Chadbourne, Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway, or cruising the fields of reggae and rap, he's one of the most intriguing musicians around.
A legend of free jazz, Davis became a well respected opera author, with works like X - The Life and Times of Malcolm X and Amistad, he is also widely known for his chamber, choral and symphonic creations. During this time his wonderful piano playing - which for some time was rivaled only by Muhal Richard Abrams - became a secondary focus. "Cerulean Landscape" is his festive comeback as an instrumentalist. This is great and beautifully carved music."-Clean Feed