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Robinson, Jason : Fingerprint (Circumvention)

West Coast saxophonist Robinson's 3rd album as a leader in Gil Evans & Ellington/Strayhorn influenced compositions; Anthony Davis joins for 2 tracks.

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product information:

UPC: 837101433747

Label: Circumvention
Catalog ID: circ050
Squidco Product Code: 9244

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack


Jason Robinson-tenor sax

Kamau Kenyatta-piano, soprano sax

Rob Thorsen-bass

Nathan Hubbard-drums

Anthony Davis-piano

Michael Dessen-trombone

Ellen Weller-flute

Adnan Marquez-Borbon-flute

Andrew Geib-flute

Gabriel Sundy-baritone clarinet

Scott Walton-conductor

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track listing:

1. The Wiggle Room 10:36

2. Serendipity 10:54

3. Silence Becomes a Roar 11:15

4. Conundrum 12:28

5. Forest Cover 14:14

6. Thin Veil 8:00

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"Fingerprint is saxophonist Jason Robinson's third album as a leader and features a remarkable assortment of California-based improvisers. Centered on Robinson's quartet, Fingerprint debuts a collection of original compositions influenced by an eclectic array of influences. Drawing on Ellingtonian and Strayhorn-esque melodic and harmonic sounds, Gil Evans-inspired voicings, as well as post-bop and post-60s angularity and chromaticism, Robinson's compositional and improvisatory approaches embody the hybridity and pluralism being pioneered by today's figures in creative music. Robinson's quartet features long-time collaborators: Detroit-born pianist and saxophonist Kamau Kenyatta, bassist Rob Thorsen (who plays with Robinson in the transnational group Cross Border Trio) and drummer Nathan Hubbard (who plays with Robinson in Cosmologic). This quartet is expanded on two tracks, which feature critically acclaimed pianist (and composer) Anthony Davis and an extended horn section. The centerpiece of the album is "Silence Becomes a Roar," a complex, multi-section piece featuring a 10-piece ensemble."-Circumvention Music

Artist Biographies:

Michael Dessen is a composer/trombonist who creates music for improvisers and explores the artistic potentials of technologies including live electronics, telematics and networked scores.

Dessen's electro-acoustic trio features bassist Christopher Tordini and drummer Dan Weiss, and has been praised by critics for its unique blend of otherworldly electronics, dynamic improvisation and wide-ranging compositions. His compositions for the trio have been supported by awards and commissions from New Music USA, Chamber Music America and the Fromm Foundation, and he has released three trio albums on Clean Feed Records, the first featuring Tyshawn Sorey on drums. Dessen's most recent work for the trio, Somewhere In The Upstream (2014), is a concert-length composition dedicated to Yusef Lateef that will be released in 2017.

Both with his own trio and many other collective projects, Dessen has focused on creating works for improvisers, including networked "scorestreams" that are displayed dynamically on screens for performers to interpret. As an improviser, he collaborates with diverse bands in addition to performing solo on digibone, an animistic world of slide trombone and live electronics. Dessen has also been involved in numerous telematic concerts that link performers in distant locations via high-definition networking technologies. He has composed new works specifically for the telematic stage, and has co-directed many large-scale telematic projects, including Virtual Tour 2013, a 3-concert series recently released on DVD that Dessen co-directed with Mark Dresser, featuring a core quartet in California with Nicole Mitchell and Myra Melford performing with other renowned musicians in Zurich, New York and Massachusetts.

Dessen's teachers include Yusef Lateef, George Lewis, and Anthony Davis, and he is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM performance), the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MM jazz composition), and the University of California, San Diego (PhD in Music, Critical Studies and Experimental Practices). His writings on music include articles in The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation and Communities in Dialogue (Wesleyan University Press), the online journal Critical Studies in Improvisation / Etudes Critique en Improvisation, and Musicworks magazine, as well as a Preface to Yusef Lateef's Songbook. His publications have focused especially on the role of African American traditions within late-twentieth century experimental music worlds. Since 2006, Dessen has been a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine, where he co-founded a new PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT).

Michael Dessen lives in southern California with visual artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz and their son.

-Michael Dessen Website (

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