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Futterman, Joel / Greg Foster: Alabama (Shipwreck)

Greg Foster has been merging poetry with music since the 60s, including work with Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Thelonious Monk, here joins pianist Joel Futterman also on curved soprano saxophone and Indian flute, accompanying Foster's potent words and messages in 8 poems, including the 19 minutes "Alabama Exequy" examining the pain and horror of racism.
 

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Foldout 9 panel booklet with color poster on one side, and all text, credits, and a photo on the other side.

UPC: B001JKNONU

Label: Shipwreck
Catalog ID: GFJ010
Squidco Product Code: 29371

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2000
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded by Pat Burns.


Personnel:

Joel Futterman-piano, curved soprano saxophone, Indian flute

Greg Foster-poems

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Artist Biographies:

"Joel Futterman, Piano and Indian Flute

Determined to push the limits of the piano to techniques never heard in jazz, Joel began a 25-year regimen of practicing 8-10 hours a day. During this period, he developed a three-hand technique based on completely autonomous playing between the hands. With more than 70 recordings, he is considered one of the most innovative yet enigmatic new music pianists.

Known for his spirited, highly imaginative, and innovative piano technique, Joel Futterman is an internationally recognized veteran pioneer into the frontiers of spontaneous, improvised music. He is considered one of the foremost inventive and adventurous artists shaping the creative, progressive music scene today. Futterman continuously pushes the limits of the piano as he explores new musical horizons. He has performed across North America and Europe including at such noted music festivals as the Tampere Jazz Festival in Finland, the Vision Festival in New York, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Guelph Festival in Canada. He has performed with such notable jazz innovators as Jimmy Lyons, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Paul Murphy, Joseph Jarman, Richard Davis, William Parker, Alvin Fielder, and Hal Russell; as well as Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, with whom he has had a highly productive association. For many years, Futterman has also played the Indian Wooden Flute.

Joel Futterman was born in Chicago, IL. He grew up and lived in Chicago until 1972. Joel had piano lessons from about age 9-11, then continued playing on his own, eventually studying theory and harmony with Alan Swain. Joel met Clarence (Gene) Shaw when he was 18 and studied with Clarence for two years. Clarence was an important influence at the time. One night Clarence invited Joel to his home for a party. He introduced Joel to Charles Mingus. Joel recalls that Mingus gripped his hand firmly and stared up at the ceiling.

Joel attended University of Illinois in Chicago obtaining a (B.S.). Herman Finer, professor of political science, was a profound influence and encouraged Joel to pursue his creative endeavors.

While Joel was in college, his mother passed away and he isolated himself and began practicing 12 to 16 hours a day. Practicing was the only comfort for him at this time.

Joel attended Northeastern University in Chicago and worked on an MS in Education. He was nine hours short of receiving the degree when he decided to leave Chicago. Joel did receive an MS in Education with an endorsement in Reading at Old Dominion University in 1975.

In 1972, Joel moved to Virginia, where he resides today, in a personal quest to develop his creative voice. His first album, CAFETERIA, was released in 1980 to considerable acclaim due to its originality. Since then, his recordings have included a number of jazz legends, such as Jimmy Lyons, Richard Davis, Hal Russell, William Parker and others. In 1994, photographer Michael Wilderman introduced Joel to Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, and since then Joel has enjoyed many rewarding musical collaborations with Kidd and drummer Alvin Fielder. Also, Joel Futterman has had a deep association with artist Ike Levin, founder of the Charles Lester Label."

-Joel Futterman Website (www.joelfutterman.com/about.htm)
11/25/2020

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"Greg Foster has been performing his poems for thirty years. He has worked with Art Blakey, Omar Wilson, Pony Poindexter, C. Sharp, Burton Green, John D'Earth, Leroy Moore, and many others. As artist-in-residence at the McGuffey Art of the Booke Center in 1998-1999, he has designed, printed and published broadsides of poems and prose."

-Alabama CD insert 11/25/2020

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track listing:


1. Counterlight 3:22

2. Spiteful Kisses, Wasted Youth 10:22

3. Cherubina's Somniloquy 11:04

4. Bags 6:27

5. Alabama Exequy 19:22

6. Ivan 7:44

7. Be Still And Let The Earth Revolve 7:43

8. She Will Awaken 4:20
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Jazz and poetry, poetry and jazz. The combination instantly recalls the Beat Generation and Jack Kerouac reading On The Road to Steve Allen's piano or the best minds of our generations somewhere in San Francisco combining prose with bebop: both art forms that require dancing from the heart instead of the legs. Before there were Beats, there was poet Kenneth Patchen fronting jazz ensembles, bringing his orange bears and yellow gloves to audiences through music. Together with John Cage, he presented one of the first uses of sampling an experimental music as he read his play City Wears A Slouch Hat. More recently there has been a resurgence of poetry and music, from William Burroughs readings, the Nuyorican poetry projects, and musicologist John Sinclair's portraits of Thelonious Monk.

Poet Greg Foster has been combining verse with music since the 1960s working with the likes of Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Thelonious Monk. This collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Joel Futterman yields a fresh take on composed and free text accompanied by free jazz. Futterman is another Chicago master musician who worked with Sonny Stitt and Rahsaan Roland Kirk in the 1960s and more recently William Parker and Kidd Jordan.

Alabama is centered on the nearly twenty-minute "Alabama Exequy" a painful lament on the distraction wrought by racism. Memories of John Coltrane's "Alabama" are raised, but where Coltrane's sorrow delivered beauty, Foster/Futterman give you pain packaged with more directness. As Foster recites "And you who kill the children, we know you - damn you," you understand the gloves are off. Futterman plays mostly an accompaniment role, except here where he takes a lengthy solo on piano and saxophone, pushing energy as anger. Elsewhere Foster recalls a wasted youth telling us "I remember the grinning kid who shot me as I lay on the hot stones by the empty highway." This is not the poetry of possibilities but the revelation of realities. Foster and Futterman give the straight dope, warts and all."-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz


Foldout 9 panel booklet with color poster on one side, and all text, credits, and a photo on the other side.

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