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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF081
Squidco Product Code: 8317
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
David Pleasant-percussion, harmonica, voice
Patrick Brennan-alto sax
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1. Tilting Curvaceous
3. Flash of the Spirit
4. The Hardships
6. The Terrible 3s
7. Permeations Gumvindaboloo
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"The title of this CD by the Sonic Openings Under Pressure troupe is the term used by the Lenape tribe to name the Hudson River, and it means "river that flows two ways". The music acts accordingly, and surely is a New York product. There are two flows here - one is freedom (as in "free jazz" and "free improvisation"), the other is form (established by structure and composition). Everything happening in these tracks has those two interactive sides; one open, the second closed in such a way that some materials are getting out, going very far away, while others are coming in, adjusting tothe roots and identity of the "great black tradition," with a conscious and determined attitude. And this intentionality means that the parameters are even more evident. Alto saxophonist Patrick Brennan is the mentor of the project, and with him we find a rhythm section once involved with Charles Gayle: bassist Hilliard Greene and drummer David Pleasant. This is sufficient indication that "Muhheakuntuk" is a recording of Fire Music, though there's much more in the flux, because we can't reduce these sounds to just one thing. Brennan values the nuance factor, and that's why he inscribes himself in a lineage formed by the jazz stylists Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman and Henry Threadgill. Greene has a visceral side, but he's also a master in the art of subtilty we call "groove." Pleasant, an expert in polyrhythm very aware of the different music families in the percussion world, from the Gullah-Geechee culture (the oldest African one in America), to hip-hop, is known for his asymmetric and complex beats. So, if your foot taps and your heart rejoices with this music, your mind will awaken."-Clean Feed
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"Hilliard Greene has been studying music for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally over twenty. His emphasis is in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B, Tango as well as the music of other continents and US regions, and solo performances.
Greene studied at the University of Northern Iowa and at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been teaching private students and classes for over 25 years. He is currently a faculty member at the Bass Collective in New York City. He continues to teach privately and to do workshops and master classes in upright and electric bass for both children and adults.
He performs widely in the New York City area: recitals, nightclubs, concert halls (including Carnegie Hall), recording studios, radio and television. Also performs in major cities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe east and west, Asia, the West Indies, and South America.Greene performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott for 20+ years, serving as his Musical Director from 1995 to 2013. Greene was also Cecil Taylor's Concert Master for his group "Phtongos". He was in residence at Minton's a.k.a. legendary Minton's Playhouse as the house bassist.
Greene works / worked with Rashied Ali, Barry Altschul, Lucian Ban, Billy Bang, Kenny Barron, David Berger, Karl Berger, Cindy Blackman, T.K. Blue, Dougie Bowen, Joanne Brackeen, Oscar Brown Jr., Uri Caine, Roy Campbell, Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Skin, Daniel Carter, Carla Cook, Akua Dixon, Dave Douglas, John Esposito, Bobby Few, Erik Friedlander, Camille Gainer, Eddie Gale, Charles Gayle, Eddie Gladden, Electric Symphony, Alex Harding, George Haslam, Jon Hendricks, John Hicks, Jason Kao Hwang, The Inkspots, Yoron Israel, Vijay Iyer, Klaus Kugel, Leroy Jenkins, Howard Johnson, Frank Lacy, Gloria Lynne, Michael Marcus, Sabir Mateen, Jason Moran, Bern Nix, Greg Osby, Jimmy Ponder, Don Pullen, Lenore Raphael, Matana Roberts, Perry Robinson, Josh Roseman, Vanessa Rubin, Nipsy Russell, Warren Smith, Steve Swell, Grady Tate, Jacky Terrasson, Gebhard Ullman, Marlene VerPlanck, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Petras Vysniauskas, Jack Walrath, Bobby Watson, Mars Williams...
Hilliard Greene has recently formed The In&Out Band, a trio using jazz standards as a vehicle for free improvisation. Also, he is co-leader of the classical crossover ensemble ZigZag Quartet. He produced three CD's with his own ensemble The Jazz Expressions, a solo bass CD entitled "Alone", and co-produced self-titled ZigZag Quartet CD."-Hilliard Greene Website (http://hilliardgreene.com/about/)
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