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Free and open-ended improvisation and amplified sound work from Mats Gustaffson with the duo of Gennaro and Newman AKA Wrist Error.
 

Gustafsson / Newman / Gennaro
Port Huron Picnic

Gustafsson / Newman / Gennaro: Port Huron Picnic (Spool)
Label: Spool    
Released in: Canada    


"A flickering evanescent set featuring Swedish reed maestro Mats Gustaffson with the promising young Canadian duo of Gennaro and Newman also known as Wrist Error. The latter give credence to the reality of a new improvisation scene in Toronto. There is an appreciation of space and listening that belies the relative youth of this trio. Despite it being the meeting of a veteran improviser and two newcomers, the music is realized as though the three were already a long standing group."-Spool

"This is music existing in a relatively steady state of density. It is leaning forward music. Its energy level somehow resists translation into volume of textual surliness. ... This isn't a narrative or telling. It's a sequence of events you can narrate if you so desire."-David Grubbs, from the liner notes

"For those who favor Derek Bailey, the amplified sound of insects rustling through leaves, and other events sped up or manipulated, there is Mats Gustafsson, Kurt Newman, Mike Gennaro. Their Port Huron Picnic has them grabbing a sound, shaking it around for what it's worth, and moving on to more of the same. P.H.P. makes sound, not music -- this is the nature of their sound explorations. Kurt Newman's guitar, for instance, becomes a percussion instrument and a tonal one only in that it produces harmonics, overtones and the occasional, tempered, scalar utterance. This is well executed with great attention to detail and will appeal to a certain contingent which champions small group, spontaneous sound events."-Charles Winokoor, Cadence

"Newman and Gennaro may not be breaking new ground with each improvisation, but they give facility a good name, and they pose some real challenges to Gustafsson. Deprived for the most part of his power tools in this relatively low volume context, Gustafsson responds well, deftly deploying his baritone saxophone, flute and fluteophone (a flute fitted with a saxophone mouthpiece), particularly in mid-programme, to vary the timbral palette. Restraint is not always Gustafsson's strong suit, but here he is acutely deliberate in his interactions with Newman and Gennaro, who often have the scene well established by the time he makes his entrance."-Bill Shoemaker, The Wire






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Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Electro-Acoustic
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Mats Gustafsson
Free Improvisation
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Product Information:

UPC: 778224116127

Label: Spool
Catalog ID: SPL110
Squidco Product Code: 11289

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1999
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on 17 May 1999 at Airwave Studio, Chicago.

Personnel:

Mats Gustafsson-soprano & baritone sax, flute, flutephone

Kurt Newman-electric guitar

Mike Gennaro-drums, percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Port Huron 7:55

2. La Peer 4:53

3. Flint 4:25

4. Lansing 6:05

5. Battle Creek 4:10

6. Kalamazoo 7:48

7. Niles 7:11

8. Chicago 12:40