Smith, Warren and The Composer's Workshop Ensemble
Old News Borrowed Blues
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Drummer Warren Smith's Composer's Workshop Ensemble with a large horn section, guitar, violin, 2 African percussionists and 2 drummer/vibraphone players.
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Catalog ID: e027
Squidco Product Code: 11768
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Produced and engineered by Steven Walcott at Ghetto Sound Lab, Brooklyn, NY.
John Carlton-trumpet, flugelhorn
Cecil Bridgewater-trumpet, flugelhorn
Jack Jeffers-bass trombone
Craig Rivers-soprano sax
James Stewart-tenor sax
Douglas yates-alto sax
Andrew Lamb-tenor sax (River State Suite)
Claire Daly-baritone sax
Jeribu Shahid-bass violin
Yoham "Chiqui" Ortiz-guitar
Elusegun Sangofemi-African percussion
Jose Abreu-African percussion
Lloyd Haber-drums, vibraphone, percussion
Warren Smith-drums, vibraphone, percussion
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1. Lock The Toilet Door 8:21
2. Rivers State Suite I 6:22
3. Rivers State Suite II 3:35
4. Rivers State Suite III 8:04
5. The Hungarian Gypsy Song 7:04
6. One More Lick For Harold Vick 6:42
7. Free Froms I 6:35
8. Free Froms II 4:51
9. Free Froms III 5:24
10. Free Froms IV 4:35
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NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
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"On Old News Borrowed Blues Warren Smith gathers the Composer's Workshop Ensemble to explore his approach to music, which he refers to as 'a little bit inside, a little bit outside.' Starting the album out with an energetic big band opener, "Lock the Toilet Door", the band follows up with "Rivers State Suite", a polyrhythmic multi-segment tone poem inspired by a trip to Nigeria. "The Hungarian Gypsy Song" features a haunting melody on soprano sax with tasteful backup from the rest of the band. After another more traditional big band number, "One More Lick for Harold Vick", the album closes with the sprawling avant "Free Forms 1-4", a less structured open piece with intro bass work, a over the top baritone sax solo followed by solos from other horns and vibes, and a closing poem read by Warren Smith."-Engine Studios
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"Andrew Lamb (born August 26, 1958, Clinton, North Carolina) is a jazz saxophonist and flautist. Lamb was raised in Chicago and South Jamaica, Queens. Having studied with AACM charter member Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Lamb came into New York City's avant-garde community during the 1970s, becoming an active presence in the Bedford-Stuyvesant arts world and winning a Brooklyn Arts Council grant.
In 1994, he led a session for Delmark, composing all the pieces on Portrait in the Mist, which featured vibraphonist Warren Smith, bassist Wilber Morris, and drummer Andrei Strobert. Lamb has since recorded duets with Warren Smith (Duet, WISland, 1999, and Dance of the Prophet), made a trio recording with Eugene Cooper and Andrei Strobert (Kiki Records), and in 2003 released Pilgrimage on CIMP with Tom Abbs and Andrei Strobert, as well as a later release with his group The Moving Form, Year of the Endless Moment (Engine Studios). Lamb has also recorded with Henry GrimesÕs Sublime Communication trio Live from WKCR (2004) and Live at Edgefest in Ann Arbor (2005), both on the JazzNewYork Productions label.
Andrew Lamb and his own ensembles remain a regular presence in the New York area, and have frequently performed at the annual Vision Festival since 1996. Lamb has been part of Alan Silva's big band project, the Sound Visions Orchestra, and has also been a member of the Cecil Taylor big band. In 2005, Lamb played in the Sublime Communication trio in Berlin and in the Henry Grimes Quartet with Marshall Allen and Hamid Drake at the tenth annual Vision Festival, and he has also toured with the Grimes-led quartet Spaceship on the Highway. Steven Loewy of Allmusic writes that Andrew Lamb is "a serious musician seeking to uplift his soul through art, and, like John Coltrane and his progeny, Lamb's vehicle is the psalm-like expression of his tenor saxophone. The results reflect his quest, testifying to his musical abilities, enormous potential, and depth of character." "-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Lamb_(musician))
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"Warren Smith (born May 14, 1934) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist, known as a contributor to Max Roach's M'boom ensemble and leader of the Composer's Workshop Ensemble (Strata-East).
Smith was born May 14, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to a musical family. His father played saxophone and clarinet with Noble Sissle and Jimmie Noone, and his mother was a harpist and pianist. At the age of four he studied studied clarinet with his father. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1957, then received a master's degree in percussion from the Manhattan School of Music in 1958.
One of his earliest major recording dates was with Miles Davis as a vibraphonist in 1957. He found work in Broadway pit bands in 1958, and also played with Gil Evans that year. In 1961 he co-founded the Composers Workshop Ensemble. In the 1960s Smith accompanied Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Lloyd Price, and Nat King Cole; he worked with Sam Rivers from 1964Š76 and with Gil Evans again from 1968 to 1976. In 1969 he played with Janis Joplin and in 1971 with King Curtis and Tony Williams. He was also a founding member of Max Roach's percussion ensemble, M'Boom, in 1970.
In the 1970s and 1980s Smith had a loft called Studio Wis which acted as a performing and recording space for many young New York jazz musicians, such as Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake. Through the 1970s Smith played with Andrew White, Julius Hemphill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, and Carmen McRae. Other credits include extensive work with rock and pop musicians and time spent with Anthony Braxton, Charles Mingus, Henry Threadgill, Van Morrison, and Joe Zawinul. He continued to work on Broadway into the 1990s, and has performed with a number of classical ensembles.
Smith taught in the New York City public school system from 1958 to 1968, at Third Street Settlement from 1960 to 1967, at Adelphi University in 1970Š1, and at SUNY-Old Westbury from 1971."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Smith_(jazz_percussionist))
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