The trio of Steve Swell, Daniel Levin and Rob Brown in music of a "social contract" enabling highly creative music, with no rigid boundaries, collective and empathic.
Swell, Steve presents
Label: Clean Feed
Released in: Portugal
"In this present age of the history of humanity, there are few places left for a true utopia. The world has already experienced some of those ideal systems, but the results were tragic. Even in literature utopian thinking seems to have vanished. Only in music is there still a place to wonder, especially when it deals with spontaneous and non-hierarchical procedures. Musical improvisation is becoming the only possibility left to forge micro-societies of freedom and egalitarianism, without having to choose between the two to achieve good results.
That's what trombonist and composer Steve Swell had in mind with the project Planet Dream, "a sound world where everything is as it should be, where the acceptance of self, the acceptance of change, the acceptance of others and their music should come to us as naturally as the air we breathe". Those "others" are alto saxophonist Rob Brown and cellist Daniel Levin, each one with their own concepts and processes of music making. The trio established a kind of "social contract" which enables the music to be what it is here: highly creative, with no rigid boundaries, free-flowing, developed with the respect of each individual space, but at the same time collective and empathic. A sample of what the world could be if everybody wanted it, after all a very ancient dream. But take note: this isn't wishful music; it's really happening here. And that is very, very precious."-Clean Feed
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 148
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Recorded at Newsonic Studios, Brooklyn, NY by Seth Misterka on February 10th, 2008. Mixed and mastered by Seth Misterka at Newsonic Studios.
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1. Out of the Box (improvisation) 5:20
2. Not Necessarily This, NorThat 8:52
3. Planet Dream (improvisation) 4:05
4. Juxtsuppose 5:07
5. #2 of Nine (improvisation) 4:26
6. Airtight 5:51
7. And Then They Wept (improvisation) 4:59
8. City Life (improvisation) 4:38
9. Texture #2 9:13