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Fox, Billy
The Uncle Wiggly Suite

Fox, Billy: The Uncle Wiggly Suite (Clean Feed)
Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"Percussionist and composer Billy Fox is a specialist in combining worlds that live apart. His "Uncle Wiggly Suite" is a mix of atonal music, Sixties modal jazz, New Orleans brass bands, Cuban rhythms, Pakistani ghazals, and much more (one of the tracks includes a shamisen, a traditional string Japanese instrument), and he usually combines composition, arrangement and improvisation.

A pupil of soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, he formed his ensemble with emergent young musicians like himself (Gary Pickard, John Savage and Christopher Hoffman being regular companions), giving the bass position to a master of the instrument and someone always open to new ideas, Mark Dresser, a "jazz inventor", as the press already called him. In the past, Fox played it all, punk, rockabilly, speed metal, hip-hop, as well as mambo, and now he's profiting from all those experiences. The basis for these compositions is the murky twilight state of semi-sleep, the borderline states of awareness and near-unconscious thought-with Billy in bed, a cheap keyboard within reach and a minidisc recorder to document the results.

The recording yielded a curious series of notes that he later developed while wide awake, finding harmonic possibilities compatible with the rubato lines that had emerged from his unconscious mind. The structure is classical (a suite in ten parts), the basics are jazz, and the resulting music is from this planet at the beginning of the 21st century. But with a humorous side, inspired by the comics of Howard Garis, and loads of irony."-Clean Feed

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063000689

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 068
Squidco Product Code: 7987

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock foldover

Arun Luthra-tenor, soprano sax

Billy Fox-congas, triangle

Christopher Hoffman-cello

Danny Katz-shamisen

Deanna Witkowski-piano

Gary Pickard-tenor, soprano sax

John O'Brien-drums

John Savage-alto sax, flute

Mark Dresser-bass

Paul Faatz-clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone sax

Percy Pursglove-trumpet

Scott Shaeffer-bass

Skye Steele-violin

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Track Listing:

1. Uncle Wiggly

2. D-D-Dribble

3. Guzzle

4. Nasturtium

5. Eyeball Eyeball

6. The Ghost of Col. Cobb

7. Do the Wiggle

9. Stories

10. Kooky Spooks

11. Nighty Night