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Trombonist Michael Dessen in a trio of works drawing inspiration from Pablo Neruda's "Ars Poetica", with the computer used as a 4th voice in several tracks.

Dessen Trio, Michael
Between Shadow and Space

Dessen Trio, Michael : Between Shadow and Space (Clean Feed)
Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"Composers drawing on visual arts or literary works for inspiration and guidance are nothing new. Think Mussorgsky's "Picture at an Exhibition" or even Scott Fields' Clean Feed release "Beckett." This CD by trombonist Michael Dessen and his trio continues the tradition. The disc is inspired by Pablo Neruda's poem "Ars Poetica." The album's title (and of the first piece) is from one of the poem's verses. These kinds of inspirations continue throughout the CD. "Chocolate Geometry" comes from Dessen's appreciation of the abstract and conceptual art of Mariángeles Soto-Diaz. "Anthesis" alludes to botanics, which is the flowering period of a plant. And "Granulorum," even if the musician didn't consider it when writing this composition, reminds us of the miniature rice paintings of Korean traditional artists. This is one of the few Clean Feed editions that includes electronics; the computer is Dessen's second instrument. This example of electroacoustic jazz combines African-American traditions with 20th-century experimental techniques. Michael Dessen and his partners, Christopher Tordini on double bass and Tyshawn Sorey on percussion, work with strong collective sense on two planes, one temporal, with a flowing drive that enhances the nature of music as an art of time, and the other spatial, in a granular, organic way, transposing to the sound world characteristics associated with visual arts. Active on the southern California scenes, this disciple of musicians such George Lewis, Anthony Davis, and Yusef Lateef has developed partnerships with the likes of Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, Susie Ibarra, J.D. Parran, Marty Ehrlich, and many more. The rhythm section members are just as busy, with Sorey achieving acclaim for his subtle approach to skins and metals, and Tordini known as a bassist who can be depended on."-Clean Feed Records

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063001068

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 106
Squidco Product Code: 9700

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded April 17 & 18 at Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY by Andrew Taub


Michael Dessen-trombone, computer

Christopher Tordini-bass

Tyshawn Sorey-percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Between Shadow and Space

2. Chocolate Geometry (for MSD)

3. Restless Years

4. Duo Improvisation

5. Anthesis

6. Granulorum

7. Water Seeks (for AC)

All compositions by Michael Dessen (Cronopio Music, ASCAP) except track 4 by Dessen/Sorey

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