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1978 recordings of AACM wind phenomenon Mitchell performing fascinating and advanced compositions with Braxton, Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, George Lewis and Don Moye.

Mitchell, Roscoe
L-R-G/ The Maze/ S Ii Examples

Mitchell, Roscoe: L-R-G/ The Maze/ S Ii Examples (NESSA)
Label: NESSA    
Released in: USA    

"Like Sound and Nonaah, the three compositions that make up this double LP/single CD on Chuck Nessa's home label offer a picture of Roscoe Mitchell not only as a composer and instrumentalist, but as a sound sculptor. Unlike his contemporary Anthony Braxton, Mitchell's compositions always have a deep concern with the very nature of sound. On "L-R-G," which stands for Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell and George Lewis, the nature of sound in all its registers is the concern. From the extreme low end of the sousaphone played by Lewis, through the various members of the trombone family to Mitchell on the reeds and woodwinds in the middle, and all of its shapes and colors through to Smith, whose expertise on the trumpet and cornet family moves to the upper register of the piccolo trumpet, Mitchell explores the various interactions -- in improvised context -- of the relationships between single and grouped sounds. "The Maze" is a piece for percussion and sound octet. Among those included are Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Thurman Barker, Douglas Ewart, and fellow Art Ensembles members Don Moye, Joseph Jarman, and Malachi Favors. This is a long strangely intervallic piece, with doors opening onto one set of textured improvisations while another closes, all of them within the context of sonic relationship. Finally there is the mammoth soprano saxophone meditation "S II Examples." This work is perhaps the most sustained tonal meditation on the soprano saxophone on record. Far being a recording of "improvisations," what "S II Examples" proposes and accomplishes is the evocation and elocution of the sonic palette of the soprano horn as it mingles with breath control, and its own microtonal reverberations. This is a very slow, controlled, and gradually unfolding work that is one of Mitchell's masterpieces in terms of giving himself and the listener a total view of how numerous the sonic and spatial possibilities are on the straight horn. Taken together, these three works mark the turn in Mitchell's work from the early years into his more mature period, which continues into this 21st century along a continuum: the preoccupation of the composer with the mystery of sound and its various incarnations in ensembles or in relationship to itself."-Thom Jurek, All Music

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Product Information:

UPC: 827020001424

Label: NESSA
Catalog ID: NES 14
Squidco Product Code: 11742

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1978
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded August 7, 1978 by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Recording Studio; July 27, 1978 by Don Puluse at CBS 30th Strreet Studio; August 17, 1978 by Mark Rubenstein at Streeterville Studios.


Roscoe Mitchell-Clarinet, Flute, Percussion, Chimes, Conga, Cymbals, Glockenspiel, Gong, Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Bass Sax, Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax, Triangle, Bugle, Balafon, Cowbell, Wood Block, Finger Cymbals, Temple Blocks

Thurman Barker-Percussion, Conga, Drums, Glockenspiel, Gong, Marimba, Triangle, Whistle (Human), Bells, Cowbell, Slapstick

Anthony Braxton-Percussion, Cymbals, Bass Drums, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Xylophone, Snare Drums, Washtub Bass, Machines, Orchestra Bells

Douglas Ewart-Percussion, Chimes, Cymbals, Glockenspiel, Gong, Marimba, Xylophone, Bells, Snare Drums, Cowbell, Bamboo Drum Set

Malachi Favors-Percussion, Gong, Horn, Tambourine, Zither, Balafon, Shaker, Handbells, Log Drums, Temple Gongs

Joseph Jarman-Percussion, Chimes, Conga, Cymbals, Drums, Gong, Horn, Marimba, Tom-Tom, Bells, Balafon, Vibraphone, Conch Shell, Handbells, Chinese Cymbals, Temple Gongs

George Lewis-Tuba, Sousaphone, Alto Trombone, Tenor Trombone

Don Moye-Percussion, Conga, Drums, Gong, Horn, Marimba, Triangle, Balafon, Cowbell, Wood Block, Handbells, Temple Gongs

Famoudou Don Moye-Percussion, Conga, Cymbals, Drums, Gong, Horn, Marimba, Triangle, Balafon, Cowbell, Wood Block, Handbells, Temple Gongs

Leo Smith-Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Pocket Trumpet

Henry Threadgill-Percussion, Chimes, Cymbals, Drums, Gong, Alto Sax, Stick, Bells, Brass, Finger Cymbals, Rhythmstick, Handbells

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Track Listing:

1. L-R-G 36:43

2. The Maze 20:46

3. S II Examples 17:32