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Saunier, Greg / Mary Halvorson / Ron Miles: New American Songbooks, Volume 1 [VINYL] (Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records)

Two essential Downtown New York improvisers--guitarist Mary Halvorson and trumpeter Ron Miles--are joined by drummer Greg Saunier of Deerhoof in response to Nate Wooley's request that the three expand the American Songbook, creating astounding instrumental versions of music by Fiona Apple, Elliott Smith, The Partridge Family, John Williams, James P. Johnson, &c.
 

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UPC: 866873000413

Label: Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records
Catalog ID: SA004
Squidco Product Code: 25242

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Firehouse 12 Studio in New Haven, Connecticut, on January 12th, 2017, by Greg Dicrosta


Personnel:

Ron Miles-cornet

Greg Saunier-drums, voice

Mary Halvorson-guitar

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Jonathan

2. Symphony #6 (Second Movement)

3. I Woke Up In Love This Morning (From The Partridge Family)

4. Vignette

5. Luke And Leia (From Return Of The Jedi)

SIDE B



1. Snowy Morning Blues

2. Everything Means Nothin To Me / Last Call

3. Day Dream

4. Little Pad (The Beach Boys)/Caught In The Game (Survivor)/Kitty Kat (Empress Of)
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"This debut LP by three radical American artists updates the time-worn concept of the American Songbook. Greg Saunier of Deerhoof joins two burgeoning legends of American experimental jazz: Ron Miles and Mary Halvorson to redefine American music outside of Tin Pan Alley. The result is an astounding new take on music by Fiona Apple, Elliott Smith, John Williams, James P. Johnson, and others.

The limited edition LP features three of America's brightest stars of rock, experimental, and jazz music in a first-time meeting. Greg Saunier is best known for his brilliant and mind-bending drumming in his band Deerhoof. Mary Halvorson, still in her 30s, is being hailed as a significant new voice in experimental modern jazz while working with legends such as John Zorn and Anthony Braxton. Ron Miles's lyrical and folksy cornet playing with Bill Frisell and Joshua Redman has made him a unique voice in straight-ahead jazz circles.

New American Songbooks, Volume 1, released on December 5th, is the first recording in a new series produced by Sound American Publications, and follows on the heels of their successful CD of composer Alex Mincek's Torrent earlier this year. SA editor and producer, Nate Wooley, asked Saunier, Miles, and Halvorson to participate in a rare project in which they would pick the tunes that they thought should be included in a new American canon and work together as a one-time group to make arrangements, rehearse and record. The result is a beautifully intimate recording of three iconoclastic musicians producing a music greater than the sum of its parts; a recording that pays homage to the American musical tradition while absolutely breaking new ground. The LP will be released in conjunction with Sound American Issue 18 (part two): Big Band Music and the American Songbook which will be published online at soundamerican.org on December 5th, and will feature interviews with all three band members on the project."-Sound American/Pleasure of the Text



"Nate Wooley asked the three of us to come up with our suggestions for what was missing from the American songbook and then record them together. Playing with Ron and Mary was the thrill of a lifetime for me."-Greg Saunier


Artist Biographies:

"A resident of Denver since he was 11, he began playing the trumpet seriously in junior high school and studied music at the University of Denver (1981-1985) and the Manhattan School of Music (1986). In addition to local gigs, Miles visited Italy in the summer of 1992 with the play Sophisticated Ladies and was a member of the Mercer Ellington Orchestra for a couple years. He played frequently with Bill Frisell during 1994-1995, also recording with the guitarist, and worked as assistant professor of music at Denver's Metropolitan Stage College. Ron Miles has recorded for Prolific (1986) and Capri (1990), as well as several advanced sets for Gramavision."-Scott Yanow

-All Music/MySpace (https://myspace.com/ronmilesmusic/bio)
2/19/2018

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"Greg Saunier is a musician, producer, and composer best known as the drummer of Deerhoof. Rolling Stone included Saunier alongside Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt) and Zach Hill (Hella) as together composing "a generation of trailblazing 21st-century avant-rock percussionists".

Saunier graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991. The next year, he joined a four-piece band, Nitre Pit, in San Francisco as its drummer. When the band's two guitarists left, Saunier and Nitre Pit's bassist, Rob Fisk, reformed as an "elastic, hyper-expressive" band to fulfill Nitre Pit's extant scheduled shows, which later became Deerhoof when Slim Moon of Kill Rock Stars signed the group in 1995. Saunier moved to New York with two suitcases and has said that he does not own many possessions. As a drummer, he says, things he touches tend to break.

Saunier uses a minimal drum kit, with a kick drum, snare drum, and a cymbal, inspired in part by the kit and play style of Questlove (The Roots). In 2008, Saunier said that he rarely practices, mainly for lack of time. When he writes songs, he usually considers the drum part last and is more concerned about the components of rest of the song and its technical elements. His interest and judgement in the latter came from his experience starting Deerhoof without producers, a record label, or much outside help.

Outside of Deerhoof, Saunier's bands include Mystical Weapons (a duo with Sean Lennon) and a collaboration with Brian Chippendale, about which a documentary, Checking in at 20, was produced. He also formed Nervous Cop with drummer Zach Hill and harpist Joanna Newsom, and bands with members of Erase Errata and Rainer Maria, soundtracked a film by Martha Colburn, and collaborated with Xiu Xiu. Saunier has produced albums including Xiu Xiu's The Air Force and Always, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog's Your Turn, Sholi's self-titled album and People Get Ready's Physiques, remixed tracks for Shy Hunters and WOOM, and appeared on albums including Zach Hill's Face Tat. In 2016, Saunier collaborated with American Brazilian composer Marcos Balter, in which they wrote songs for Deerhoof and Ensemble Dal Niente."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Saunier)
2/19/2018

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"One of improvised music's most in-demand guitarists, Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. Critics have called her "a singular talent" (Lloyd Sachs, JazzTimes), "NYC's least-predictable improviser" (Howard Mandel, City Arts), "one of the most exciting and original guitarists in jazz-or otherwise" (Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal), and "one of today's most formidable bandleaders" (Francis Davis, Village Voice). The Philadelphia City Paper's Shaun Brady adds, "Halvorson has been steadily reshaping the sound of jazz guitar in recent years with her elastic, sometimes-fluid, sometimes-shredding, wholly unique style."

After three years of study with visionary composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, Ms. Halvorson became an active member of several of his bands, including his trio, septet and 12+1tet. To date, she appears on six of Mr. Braxton's recordings. Ms. Halvorson has also performed alongside iconic guitarist Marc Ribot, in his bands Sun Ship and The Young Philadelphians, and with the bassist Trevor Dunn in his Trio-Convulsant. Over the past decade she has worked with such diverse bandleaders as Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Myra Melford, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey and Mike Reed.

As a bandleader and composer, one of Ms. Halvorson's primary outlets is her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith. Since their 2008 debut album, Dragon's Head, the band has been recognized as a rising star jazz band by Downbeat Magazine for five consecutive years. Ms. Halvorson's quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon to the trio, has released two critically acclaimed albums on the Firehouse 12 label: Saturn Sings and Bending Bridges. Most recently she has added two additional band members-tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and trombonist Jacob Garchik-to form a septet, featured on her 2013 release Illusionary Sea. Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a longstanding chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew and Secret Keeper."

-Mary Halvorson Website (http://www.maryhalvorson.com/bio/)
2/19/2018

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Halvorson, Mary Quartet (w/ Gress / Fujiwara / Okazaki)
Paimon: The Book Of Angels Volume 32
(Tzadik)
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ERR Guitar
(Intakt)
Rainey, Tom Trio (w/ Laubrock / Halvorson)
Hotel Grief
(Intakt)
Mystical Weapons (Sean Lennon / Greg Saunier)
Crotesque [VINYL]
(Northern Spy)
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(Relative Pitch)
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(Firehouse 12 Records)
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(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Halvorson, Mary Quintet
Bending Bridges
(Firehouse 12 Records)
AYCH (Jim Hobbs, Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum)
As The Crow Flies
(Relative Pitch)
Bynum Sextet, Taylor Ho
Apparent Distance
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Bynum, Taylor Ho Sextet
The Middle Picture
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Halvorson Trio, Mary
Dragon's Head
(Firehouse 12 Records)
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Crackleknob
(Hatology)
Bynum, Taylor Ho Sextet
Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths
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Braxton, Anthony
12+1tet (Victoriaville) 2007
(Les Disques Victo)
Braxton, Anthony
Trio (Victoriaville) 2007
(Les Disques Victo)
Braxton, Anthony
9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 [DVD]
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Vanity Of Vanities - A Tribute To Connie Converse
(Tzadik)
Bynum, Taylor Ho
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Away With You [VINYL 2 LPs]
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Fujiwara, Tomas
Triple Double
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Wooley, Nate
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