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Multitude, Solitude

Ergo: Multitude, Solitude (Cuneiform)

The trio of Ergo (Brett Sroka/Carl Maguire/Shawn Baltazor) blend atmospheric electronics with jazz in music that recalls Miles' "In a Silent Way" or Hancock's Mwandishi period.

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UPC: 045775028927

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: RUNE 289CD
Squidco Product Code: 11950

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Headroom Digital, New York City by Sam Bair, November 8&9, 2008.


Brett Sroka-trombone, computer

Carl Maguire-Rhodes electric piano, Prophet synthesizer, electronic effects

Shawn Baltazor-drums

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track listing:

1. Rana Sylvatica 3:49

2. Vessel 12:21

3. She Haunts Me 6:32

4. Little Shadow 5:00

5. Endlessly (Multitude, Solitude) 11:39

6. Actuator 8:54
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Electronic Forms
Trio Recordings
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"Ergo is a trio made up of Carl Maguire on Rhodes electric piano and analog synth, Shawn Baltazor on drums and lead by Brett Sroka on trombone and laptop. Their music is one of stark melodic beauty, enveloping electro-acoustic texture and empathic imagination. They have been playing together since 2003, combining the modern sound of electronica and beyond with jazz and ambient music. The basic building blocks of their sound are beats and electronics, trombone, the Fender Rhodes and drums. The music here generally develops slowly but it's also very accessible while remaining something that holds active interest.

In the early 2000s, Brett Sroka began exploring beyond his Jazz background and became fascinated with electronic music, surrounding himself with synthesizers and software. As he sought to reconcile the six hundred years of technology between trombone and computer he also found musicians of similarly elastic and adventurous temperaments. As they continued to play together, an idiosyncratic dynamic began to cohere and Ergo was born. With their debut cd, the band put forth a statement of purpose and were lauded by AllAboutJazz-NY for “Best Debut CD” of 2006. Ergo’s sophomore cd, “multitude, solitude” brings the band further into it’s own. They have refined a unique style of unadorned melody and intrepid improvisation with a sensual approach to the post-modern techniques of sampling, synthesis and signal processing."-Cuneiform

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