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Dunn, Trevor: Four Films (Tzadik)

Bassist and composer Trevor Dunn with found soundtracks to films by Peter Bolte, Cameron Vale and Holly S. Neuberg, with players Chris Speed, Kenny Wollesen, Rob Burger, &c.

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UPC: 702397751823

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: TZA-CD-7518
Squidco Product Code: 10068

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray


Rob Burger-Rhodes

Trevor Dunn-All Instruments

Marika Hughes-Cello

Tim Keiper-Percussion, Drums

Chris Speed-Clarinet

Kenny Wollesen-Drums

Shelley Burgon-Harp, Voice

Olivier Conan-Voice

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Artist Biographies:

"About Trevor Dunn

1968: born traversing a fine line between hippies and rednecks behind the redwood curtain. first musical affinities: the beach boys, blondie, cheap trick, kiss. first television: ultraman, speedracer, bugs bunny. first films: over the edge, the mouse and his child, snoopy come home, bedknobs & broomsticks. first books: zylpha keatly snyder's witches of worm, the velvet room and the headless cupid.

1977: began studies on clarinet

1981: began studies on electric bass and subsequently quit the clarinet as i realized that girls would now talk to me.

1986: the same year that Lynch's blue velvet and Slayer's reign in blood were released, graduated from EHS. the school's motto: "pigs live in litter, loggers live in pride". started a band called Mr. Bungle. then i got a job at shakey's pizza. began classical technique studies on the contrabass.

1990: graduated from humboldt state university after studying the likes of harry partch, iannis xenakis, alban berg, igor stravinksy, gustav mahler, js bach, you know, all the cats. Also performed Koussevitsky's Concerto for Double Bass with the HSO.

1992: first Mr. Bungle record released on Warner Bros. Moved to SF and two months later embarked on the first MB tour of the US. At the age of 24 I was one of the oldest people in the van. For the next eight years played lots of weddings and restaurants between tours with MB. Learned a lot about music playing with Connah, Goldberg, Schott, Kavee, Amendola, Greenlief, et al.

2000: relocated to Brooklyn, NYC.

Currently playing in various projects under the direction of John Zorn (Nova Quartet, Dreamers, Electric Masada, Aleph Trio). The Nels Cline Singers, Curtis Hasselbring's New Mellow Edwards, Melvins Lite, Endangered Blood, Tomahawk, The Darius Jones Quartet & Erik Friedlander's Bonebridge. I still have plans for my own bands: trio-convulsant, PROOF Readers and MadLove; and I continue to write music for independent films, practice long tones, pine over Daisy Lowe and drink shitty beer in heavy metal saloons."

-Trevor Dunn Website (

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"Chris Speed is a composer, clarinetist and saxophonist - and is "one of the principal figures in a dynamic left-of-center jazz/improv scene in the city" (NYTimes). His own bands include Endangered Blood, Human Feel, yeah NO, Trio Iffy, Pachora and The Clarinets. He is a founding member of Jim Black's Alas No Axis and John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet (two of the most influential working bands today), works with Uri Caine (deconstructing works by Mahler, Mozart, Bach, Schoenberg, Gershwin) and maintains a busy career of touring, recording, performing, composing, practicing and teaching. Current projects include work with Craig Taborn's Heroic Frenzies, Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus, Dave King's Trucking Co., Matt Mitchell Quartet, Mary Halvorson's Reverse Blue, Banda de los Muertos (NYC's only Banda band), as well as touring his latest project, Endangered Blood (with Black, Trevor Dunn and Oscar Noriega) which was featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts in 2012. (Endangered Blood 2010, Work Your Magic 2013 Skirl). "Speed's Endangered Blood originals stand out as his most melodically generous, accessible and warm batch of compositions he's yet to produce." -DownBeat ****Born in 1967, Speed grew up in the Seattle area where he met future colleagues Jim Black and Andrew D'Angelo, all of whom ended up in Boston in the late 80's where they formed Human Feel with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. (Scatter 1992, Welcome to Malpesta 1994, Speak To It 1996, Galore 2007). While in Boston he studied at New England Conservatory and graduated in 1990. By 1992, after a short tour with the Artie Shaw Band (led by Dick Johnson), Speed moved to New York City where he started working with Tim Berne's (now legendary touring band) Bloodcount. (Unwound 1996, Discretion 1997, Saturation Point 1997, The Seconds 2006).In April 2006, he launched Skirl Records, a label dedicated to Brooklyn based creative music" -Chris Speed Website (

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"Kenny Wollesen (born 1966) is an American drummer and percussionist.

Wollesen lives in New York City. He has recorded and toured with Tom Waits, Sean Lennon, Ron Sexsmith, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, John Lurie, Myra Melford, Steven Bernstein, and John Zorn. He is a founding member of the New Klezmer Trio and a member of the Sex Mob and Himalayas groups. He also performs on the soundtrack to the popular children's show The Backyardigans.

Kenny grew up in Capitola, CA, studying at Aptos HS and spent many teenage years jamming with Donny McCaslin. He spent quality classroom time with flugelhornist and arranger Ray Brown at Cabrillo College. Kenny also arranges and studied vibraphone at Cabrillo."

-Wikipedia (

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track listing:

1. Perfect Crime 3:03

2. Lies 2:01

3. Paris Whore 3:21

4. End 2:41

5. Second Nightmare 1:58

6. The Boardwalk 1:36

7. Lizards & Robots 0:47

8. Opening 2:20

9. Shit-talker 1:17

10. Lying In Bed, Talking About Nothing 2:49

11. Fire Disco 5:12

12. Fog Burn Neuroses 1:21

13. Third Nightmare 0:54

14. Isabelle 4:03

15. Contemplator 3:26

16. Late Night Science 1:12

17. Drive 2:23

18. Glendale Blvd 2:30

19. End Credits 1:23

20. Accident 2:26

21. Squamata Robota 1:33

22. First Nightmare 0:53

23. Haunted By Video Games 0:45

24. Fog Burn 1:22

25. Ending 2:02

26. Taking Mom Out 3:39
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

Trevor Dunn's soundtracks to the films: V.O. (Peter Bolte); Dandelion Man (Peter Bolte); White Noise (Cameron Vale); Glendale Blvd (Holly S. Neuberg).

"One of the busiest and most accomplished bass players in New York, a talented composer and band leader, Trevor Dunn has been the lynchpin of several astounding groups including Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Moonchild, Asmodeus, Electric Masada, Junk Genius, New Mellow Edwards and many, many more. His own units include trioconvulsant, MadLove and Schemes of Omission. The soundtrack music here covers a wide range of moods, from electronic noise to jazz and orchestral music, and not surprisingly shows a marked Morricone influence. This is a dynamic CD of music from one of the best musicians in the new generation of downtown composer/performers."-Tzadik

Related Categories of Interest:


Compositional Forms
Improvised Music
Soundtracks, Movie Scores, &c.
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Free Improvisation
Electroacoustic Composition

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