Fields Ensemble, Scott
Label: Clean Feed
Released in: Portugal
"The music on Dénouement — which was recorded 10 years ago and pressed on Scott Fields' obscure Geode label — is quite different from his first Clean Feed release, "Beckett." Although both projects, like virtually all of Fields' music, intentionally muddle up the written and improvised parts, one is a chamber jazz quartet interpreting word-for-word settings of Samuel Beckett plays while the other is mirror-image trios playing intertwined, but contrasting free-jazz compositions. The double band is a durable tradition in modern and avant-garde jazz. In this case it's a double trio, with two electric guitars, two double basses, and two drum kits. Other notable double bands include Ornette Coleman's double quartet on "Free Jazz," Ned Rothenberg's Double Band, the Barrage Double Trio, ROVA's Figure 8 project, and the Arcado / Trio de Clarinettes pairing. Even Max Roach did it, bonding a string quartet to his reeds-trumpet-bass-drums combo. Fields wanted twins because he conceived the music on "Dénouement" as two parts that would fit together like pistons in a cylinder, bolts in nuts, plugs in sockets. The musicians' playing would be thoroughly tangled but the trios would remain identifiable, like a plate of white and squid-ink spaghetti. Everything matches, even the contrasts, and those introduced by the personalities of the musicians involved: Fields playing the guitar for the right-channel trio, guitarist Jeff Parker — of Tortoise fame — on the left, bassists Hans Sturm for the right-channel trio and Jason Roebke for the left, and a pair of extraordinary drummers, Hamid Drake in the right-channel trio and Michael Zerang, left. But pay attention, there's a clockwork mechanism here: intermeshed rhythm patterns and tonal systems bind and separate the trios. Everyone knows what to do and when, and does it with an astonishing sense of fluidity. Don't miss it..."-Clean Feed
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"Jeff Parker (born April 4, 1967) is an American jazz and rock guitarist based in Los Angeles. Parker is best known as an experimental musician, working with avant-garde electronic, rock, and improvisational groups.
Parker currently plays guitar in the post-rock group Tortoise and also was a founding member of the ensembles Isotope 217 and the Chicago Underground Trio in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, as well as working with musicians George Lewis, Ernest Dawkins, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson (musician) and Jason Moran. He has released three solo albums: Like-Coping, The Relatives and Bright Light in Winter."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Parker_(musician))
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"Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms.
Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater, in collaboration with Redmoon Theater, in 1996, 1998, and 2000.
As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography and has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, and works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.
Michael founded and was the artistic director of the Link's Hall Performance Series in Chicago from 1985-1989 where he produced over 300 concerts of jazz, traditional ethnic folk music, electronic music, and other forms of forward thinking music. Michael has been a Board Member of Links Hall Since 1989. He continued to produce concerts at Cafe Urbus Orbis from 1994-1996, and at his own space, The Candlestick Maker in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood, from 2001 - 2005.
Michael has taught as a guest artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in performance technique, sound design, and sound/music as it relates to puppetry; rhythmic analysis for dancers at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Northwestern University, and MoMing Dance and Arts Center; courses in Composer/Choreographer Collaborations at Northwestern University; music to children at The Jane Adams Hull House.
Michael currently tours and holds workshops in improvisational music, and teaches private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion technique.-Michael Zerang Website (http://www.michaelzerang.com/)
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"Hamid Drake (born August 3, 1955) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist. He lives in Chicago, IL but spends a great deal of time touring worldwide. By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and avant improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free-jazz improvisers. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 70s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso's Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career.
Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups)
He studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles. He frequently plays without sticks; using his hands to develop subtle commanding undertones. His tabla playing is notable for his subtlety and flair. Drake's questing nature and his interest in Caribbean percussion led to a deep involvement with reggae."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamid_Drake)
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Label: Clean Feed
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Scott Fields-guitar, right channel
Jeff Parker-guitar, left channel
Jason Roebke-double bass, left channel
Hans Sturm-double bass, right channel
Michael Zerang-drums, left channel
Hamid Drake-drums, right channel
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