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Fight the Big Bull: Dying will be Easy (Clean Feed)

Matthew White's collective Fight the Big Bull nonet utilizes the history of jazz in compsitions that refer to Blind Willie Johnson, Charles Mingus, Art Ensemble, &c. &c.
 

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UPC: 5609063001082

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF108
Squidco Product Code: 10368

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded July 23, 2006 by Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Studios, Richmond, Virginia.


Personnel:

Matt White-guitar, tunes

Pinson Chanselle-trap kit

Cameron Ralston-bass

Brian Jones-percussion

Bob Miller-trumpet

Reggie Pace-trombone

Bryan Hooten-trombone

J.C. Kuhl-tenor saxophone

Adrian Sandi-clarinet

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track listing:


1. Dying Will Be Easy 7:53

2. November 25th 6:02

3. Grizzly Bear 6:12

4. In Jarama Valley 11:23
Related Categories of Interest:


Clean Feed
Improvised Music
Jazz
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Matthew White's Fight the Big Bull nonet treats the past as a point of departure. Each composition plays with those references to jazz history. The title of the CD refers to the Blind Willie Johnson blues song "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed." Other tracks have other associations: "Black Saint and the SinnerLady" by Charles Mingus, "Escalator Over the Hill" by Carla Bley with the Jazz Composers Orchestra, "New Orleans Suite" by Duke Ellington, and reminiscences of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Lounge Lizards, Archie Shepp (who, by the way, also used trumpet, tenor saxophone, clarinet and two trombones - plus tuba - on "Mama Too Tight"), and Mike Mantler. In his liner notes, trumpeter Steven Bernstein discusses these allusions as if he's disassembling an engine. But although this work could be a challenge for encyclopedically minded jazz listener, the music stands alone. And although it is the vision of one man, who composed and arranged all the pieces, the collective focus is astonishing. There's no fixed hierarchy here."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies:

"Cameron Ralston is the House Bassist & Producer for Spacebomb Records. He tour sometimes. He lives in Richmond, VA."

-https://twitter.com/cameronthewise?lang=en (Twitter)
7/11/2018

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"Bob Miller plays trumpet, synth and sings coro for Bio Ritmo. He's been in the band almost since the beginning.

He has been playing trumpet professionally since 1991. He graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Music Education in 1995 and went on to do Master's work in jazz at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has appeared on over 50 recordings ranging from jazz to folk to latin to rock and roll, including albums with Bio Ritmo, Matthew E. White, The Mountain Goats, Megafaun, Steven Bernstein, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, David Karsten Daniels, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and Marion James. He has been honored to share the stage with artists such as Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Sharon Van Etten, Ken Vandermark, Clark Terry, Dave Holland, John Pizzarelli, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Poncho Sanchez, Eddie and Gerald Levert, and Barry Harris as well as most of the artists on whose recordings he has appeared. His open-minded approach to music has made him a highly sought after studio musician and freelance artist. Current projects include old-school salsa outfit Bio Ritmo, Avant-jazz groups The Scott Clark 4tet and Fight the Big Bull, Modern Americana artist Matthew E. White and numerous other projects in the Richmond, VA area including Fear of Music, Hi-Steps and Microwaves."

-Bio Ritmo (http://bioritmo.com/bob-miller/)
7/11/2018

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