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Circulasione Totale Orchestra: Bandwidth 3CD (Rune Grammofon)

Frode Gjerstad's Circulasione Totale Orchestra with a new line-up including Louis Moholo-Moholo, lstad, Sabir Mateen, Kevin Norton, Bobby Bradford, Lasse Marhaug & Paal Nilssen-Love, &c.
 

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UPC: 7033662020898

Label: Rune Grammofon
Catalog ID: RCD 2089CD
Squidco Product Code: 12318

Format: 3 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Germany
Packaging: 3 CDs in a double digipak

Personnel:

Frode Gjerstad-sax and clarinet

Louis Moholo-Moholo-drums

Morten J. Olsen-electronics and drums

Anders Hana-electric guitar

Nick Stephens-acoustic bass

B¿rre M¿lstad-tuba

Sabir Mateen-sax and clarinet

Kevin Norton-vibraphone

Bobby Bradford-cornet

Lasse Marhaug-electronics

Paal Nilssen-Love-drums

Ingebrigt Haker Flaten-acoustic bass

Per Zanussi-electric bass

Hamid Drake-drums

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track listing:


Disc 1:



1. Yellow Bass & Silver Cornet Ii, Part 1 13:33

2. Yellow Bass & Silver Cornet Ii, Part 2 13:10

3. Yellow Bass & Silver Cornet Ii, Part 3 9:22

4. Yellow Bass & Silver Cornet Ii, Part 4 9:26



Disc 2:



1. Yellow Bass & Silver Cornet Iii, Part 1 16:19

2. Yellow Bass & Silver Cornet Iii, Part 2 16:55

3. Yellow Bass & Silver Cornet Iii, Part 3 14:03

4. Yellow Bass & Silver Cornet Iii, Part 4 13:00



Disc 3:



1. Dancing In St. Johan Iv, Part 1 25:07

2. Dancing In St. Johan Iv, Part 2 18:59

3. Dancing In St. Johan Iv, Part 3 5:00

4. Dancing In St. Johan Iv, Part 4 16:42
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"This international improvising ensemble has been going since 1984 with various members, but a couple of years ago leader and legendary Norwegian sax and clarinet player Frode Gjerstad handpicked a new band of musicians that has meant something special for him during his long career. The title of this monumental 3CD set is relevant on several levels. Between the youngest and oldest musician there are some fifty years, they come from three continents and they cover a wide range of musical ideas with their unique blend of acoustic, electric and electronic instruments. Frode Gjerstad wanted this to be a celebration of improvised music and we can only agree that he has succeeded on all levels. The music ranges from the volcanic to the quietly floating where it´s equally important for the musicians to know when not to play. In many ways this can be be seen as a great and relevant introduction to the many shades of free jazz and improvised music. The recordings were made at recent jazz festivals in Molde, Moers and Zürich.

Playing on all three discs are Frode Gjerstad, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Morten J. Olsen, Anders Hana, Nick Stephens, Børre Mølstad, Sabir Mateen, Kevin Norton, Bobby Bradford and Lasse Marhaug. Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten are playing on disc one and two while Per Zanussi and Hamid Drake are playing on disc three."-Rune Grammofon


Artist Biographies:

"Frode Gjerstad was born in Stavanger, Norway, 24-03-1948. He started trying to play improvised music as a trumpeter in 1968. When he moved to Lund in Sweden (1971 to 1975) he got a chance to meet, talk and play with musicians interested in this music. He had at that time started playing tenor saxophone (1969).

After he came back to Stavanger in 1975 he started collaborating with keyboardist Eivin One Pedersen. Together, they explored many different aspects of improvised music, as a duo or with others, but it was not until 1981, when they first played with John Stevens, that he had a real chance to feel what a dedicated musicians can do to the music-making.

At the early stage of his career, he choose mainly to play with international musicians because there was no tradition in Norway for the free music. However, after the club Blå opened in Oslo in 1996, a good number of younger musicians are now picking up on the music.

His relationship with British drummer, John Stevens which started in -81 and lasted up until his death in -94, was of great importance both musically as well as on a personal level. Through Stevens, he was introduced to some of the finest British improvisers and got to know their way of playing. Together, they led the trio "Detail" starting with Johnny Dyani on bass. And after Johnny died in -86, with Kent Carter.

He has also been active, running a larger group of mostly Norwegian musicians, the Circulasione Totale Orchestra. He started the group using electric instruments and modern rock-oriented rhythms. He has used the band to present his own compositions as well as a workshop and a place for young people to get to know free music. The band presented a commissioned work at the Molde Festival in -89 with a 13 man band combining free improvisations, compositions as well as rapping and scratching.(Three horns, three bassists, three drummers, accordeon, guitar a rapper and a DJ). The Circulasione Totale Orchestra is a powerful ever-changing band.

But it´s not easy to keep such a big group together. In 1998 he decided to keep the core of the band which at that time was Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and Øyvind Storesund on bass and try to develop that sound. It became Frode Gjerstad Trio. So far the trio has toured Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Polen, Italy, Austria, Portugal, England, Canada and the United States.

He has received several grants from various foundations and has been very active in the Norwegian Jazzmusicians Federation as well as in the committee for the Norwegian Contemporary Music Federation. Voted Jazz Musician of the Year in Norway, 1997. Part of the price was a concert where he could freely choose which musicians to use. This was the first meeting with Hamid Drake and William Parker. The concert became a tour of Scandinavia in -97 and the US in 2000.

US Pianist Borah Bergman has also been important to Frode. They first met in -94 and have played as a duo and also as trio with Evan Parker and later Peter Brøtzmann. Borah has been a great inspiration and a challenge over the years!

English bassist Nicholas Stephens first played with Frode in 1984. He played electric bass at the time, but it was not until after John Stevens died in 1994 that they started working together as "Calling Signals". First with a tour of England in 1995 with Paul Rutherford and Terje Isungset. And in 1996 with Louis Moholo and Danish guitarist, Hasse Poulsen. The latest version of the group has been with accordionist Eivin One Pederesen and Paal Nilssen-Love or Tony Marsh on drums. Frode also met and worked with US percussionist Kevin Norton in 2004 and they have found a common ground. They have a trio with Nicholas Stephens: Instinctual Eye.

Electronic music started to make an impact when he met Lasse Marhaug. They have played some concerts together and made some recordings. Lasses sounds have opened up a whole new territory of possibilities and came at a time when Frode started playing clarinets. A very fruitful combination!

Another side of the electronic thing was the group Ultralyd which was Frodes idea: to bring in a loud powerful electric bass with drums, guitar and reeds. After about a year, he left the band because the sound level was unbearable for the old man.! And he left it to the youngsters to decide how loud the band should be. Still, he has continued playing with Morten, Anders and Kjetil in other projects."

-Frode Gjerstad Website (http://frodegjerstad.com/?page_id=162)
12/13/2017

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"Louis Tebogo Moholo (born 10 March 1940), is a South African jazz drummer.

Born in Cape Town, Moholo formed The Blue Notes with Chris McGregor, Johnny Dyani, Nikele Moyake, Mongezi Feza and Dudu Pukwana, and emigrated to Europe with them in 1964, eventually settling in London, where he formed part of a South African exile community that made an important contribution to British jazz. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Breath, a big band comprising several South African exiles and leading musicians of the British free jazz scene in the 1970s and is the founder of Viva la Black and The Dedication Orchestra. His first album under his own name, Spirits Rejoice on Ogun Records, is considered a classic example of the combination of British and South African players. In the early 1970s, Moholo was also a member of the afro-rock band Assagai.

He has played with many musicians, including Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, Roswell Rudd, Irène Schweizer, Cecil Taylor, John Tchicai, Archie Shepp, Peter Brötzmann, Mike Osborne, Keith Tippett, Elton Dean and Harry Miller.

Moholo returned to South Africa in September 2005, performing with George Lewis at the UNYAZI Festival of Electronic Music in Johannesburg. He now goes under the name Louis Moholo-Moholo because the name is more ethnically authentic. South African promoter Slow Life in March 2017 at the Olympia Bakery in Kalk Bay, Cape Town produced a show where Louis performed along with Mark Fransman, Reza Khota, Keenan Ahrends and Brydon Bolton."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Moholo)
12/13/2017

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"Morten J. Olsen (b. 1981, Stavanger) is a musician, composer and artist. He studied in Amsterdam, but has been living and working in Berlin and Stavanger since 2006. Olsen mainly plays percussion, usually within selected forms of experimental music. He works with a sound palette which includes orchestral, electronic, improvised music and rock. He has performed throughout Europe, North America, Oceania and Asia with MoHa!, Ultralyd The Pitch and his latest collaboration NMO with Rubén Patiño. Olsen is also a member of Splitter Orchester, a 25-piece improvising collective based in Berlin. He has released more than 40 records on approximately 10 different labels and recently adapted a new hobby as techno DJ."

-Morten J. Olsen Website (http://plus3db.net/artists/morten_olsen/)
12/13/2017

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"Sabir Mateen (born April 16, 1951) is a musician and composer from Philadelphia who plays primarily in the avant-garde jazz idiom. He plays tenor and alto saxophone, B♭ and alto clarinet, and flute.

As a young man, Mateen was originally a percussionist, and he started playing flute as a teenager. From there he moved to alto and then tenor saxophone. He started out playing rhythm and blues in the early 1970s which led him to the tenor saxophone chair of the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. He has performed or recorded with Cecil Taylor, Sunny Murray, William Parker, Alan Silva, Butch and Wilber Morris, Raphe Malik, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Jr., Matthew Shipp, Marc Edwards, Jemeel Moondoc, William Hooker, Henry Grimes, Rashid Bakr, Hamid Drake among others. He also is a member of the band TEST, with Daniel Carter."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabir_Mateen)
12/13/2017

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"Kevin Norton was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, NY. The composer/percussionist came to jazz in an unlikely setting but befriended drummer and fellow record collector Kenny Washington as a teenager. Studies at Hunter College introduced Kevin to Milt Hinton and after a short period, Kevin began to perform with Milt Hinton, eventually recording The Judge's Decision with a quartet led by Milt. Under Milt's encouragement, Kevin went back to school to get his Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music.

After graduation he played every kind of gig available to a versatile percussionist: classical, jazz, blues, Dixieland, off-Broadway shows, rock, but especially taking part in the blossoming downtown New York City scene that strove to combine all these musics. This lead to him playing with Fred Frith's band Keep the Dog, which also included harpist Zeena Parkins and saxophonist John Zorn. Soon Mr. Norton was asked to play with a vast amount of downtown New York (sometimes called the Knitting Factory scene) ensembles. However, he longed to return to his jazz roots and began to play with downtown outsiders Phillip Johnston and Joel Forrester and their co-led band, the Microscopic Septet (and later Johnston's Big Trouble, with two CDs on Black Saint).

Still unsatisfied on a level of self-expression, Kevin began to devote himself to his own projects featuring his composition work and his improvising on total percussion (predominantly vibes and drums). Kevin has written several multi-movement pieces sometimes based on extra-musical subject matter. For Guy Debord (in nine events)is a piece for quintet and woodwind soloist (originally Anthony Braxton) based on the texts of the radical French philosopher whose thought proved central to the riots of Paris, 1968. Change Dance (Troubled Energy) draws it's inspiration from another radical political activist, Kathy Change (born Kathleen Chang). Both suites are approximately an hour in duration. On February 23, 2006 Kevin's Water and Fire Suite was premiered. It was commissioned as part of the national series of works from Meet The Composer Commissioning Music/USA, which is made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Helen F. Whitaker Fund, and the Target Foundation.

In less than 10 years he has led and/or co-led about 20 critically acclaimed recordings, many of them making year-end "Best of" lists. On one of the recent recordings, Time-Space Modulator integrates intricate, sophisticated composition work with the deep improvisatory skills of Kevin, Tony Malaby, Dave Ballou and John Lindberg.

Kevin has also played with many highly esteemed European Improvisers such as Paul Rogers, Jo‘lle LŽandre, Paul Dunmall and Frode Gjerstad. Also, for about ten years, Mr. Norton was Anthony Braxton's main percussionist in both the "ghost trance" phase and the "standards" phase, plotting out the course for all percussionists who followed him. His most recent projects include compositions for various sized chamber groups and a duo with pianist Connie Crothers.

In June of 2002, Kevin Norton was a resident composer at the prestigious MacDowell Colony. He has served on the faculty of several schools including the University of Maryland and is currently on the faculty of William Paterson University."

-Kevin Norton website (http://www.kevinnorton.com/bio.html)
12/13/2017

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"Bobby Lee Bradford (born July 19, 1934) is an American jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader, and composer. He is noted for his work with Ornette Coleman. In October 2009, Bradford became the second recipient of the Festival of New Trumpet Music's Award of Recognition.

Bobby Lee Bradford's life begins in Mississippi, he and his family then moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1946. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1953 where he reunited with Ornette Coleman, whom he had previously known in Texas. Bradford subsequently joined Coleman's ensemble, but was drafted into the U.S. Air Force and replaced by Don Cherry.

After playing in military bands from late 1954 to late 1958, he rejoined Coleman's quartet from 1961 to 1963, which infrequently performed in public, but was indeed recorded under Coleman's Atlantic contract. Quite unfortunately, these tapes were among those many destroyed in the Great Atlantic Vault Fire. Freddie Hubbard acted as Bradford's replacement upon his departure to return to the West Coast and pursue further studies. Bradford soon began a long-running and relatively well-documented association with the clarinetist John Carter, a pairing that brought both increased exposure at international festivals (though the records remain scantily available, when one excludes web rips and bootlegs). Following Carter's death in 1991, Bradford fronted his own ensemble known as The Mo'tet, with which he has continued to perform since. He is the father of drummer Dennis Bradford. He is also the father of jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford.

He holds a B.M. degree from Huston-Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson University) in Austin, Texas.

In addition to Coleman, Bradford has performed with Eric Dolphy, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Ingebrigt HŒker-Flaten, Bob Stewart, Charlie Haden, George Lewis (trmbn.), James Newton, Frode Gjerstad, Vinny Golia, Paal Nilssen-Love, and David Murray, who was previously a student of his in the 1970s.

He is an instructor at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California, and Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he teaches The History of Jazz, known to be one of the most popular classes available."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Bradford)
12/13/2017

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"Lasse Marhaug (b. 1974) has since the early 1990s been one of the most active artists in the Norwegian noise/experimental music scene. As a performer and composer he has contributed to well over 300 CD, vinyl and cassette releases over the years, as well as extensive touring and performing live on all continents of the world. In addition to his solo work, Marhaug has collaborated with several artists in the fields of noise, experimental, improv, jazz, rock and extreme metal, as well as working with music and sound for theatre, dance, installations, film and video. In the mid-90s Marhaug started TWR Tapes (still going) and Jazzassin Records (ended 2001). In the 2000s he started the record labels Pica Disk and Prisma Records. In 2011 he started his own print publishing called Marhaug Forlag. He has also been active as an organizer, promoter and producer. Marhaug was born in the northern regions above the arctic circle of Norway, but currently lives in Oslo."

-Lasse Marhaug Website (http://lassemarhaug.no/biography/)
12/13/2017

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"Paal Nilssen-Love was born in Molde, Norway, Dec 24. 1974, and raised at a jazz club in Stavanger, run by his parents. It was natural to choose his fathers drums as his instrument and jazz as his work. From 1990 on he took actively part in the jazz milieu in Stavanger and joined bands with established musicians such as trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad. In many ways, these collaborations were essential as they pointed out the directions for Paal's later musical development and career. During his studies at the Jazz dept at the University in Trondheim, where the first self initiated bands were established, things developed really fast - and Paal was nationally acknowledged at the age of 20.

The forming of the quartet Element in 1993 in many ways represented the start of a new phase in Paal's musical life. Element musically became a platform for several other groups with bassist Flaten and pianist Wiik, and lead to collaborations with Iain Ballamy and Chris Potter, amongst others. Paal moved to Oslo in 1996, where he joined and/or took part in the forming of bands like Vindaloo, SAN, Håkon Kornstad Tio, The Quintet and Frode Gjerstad Trio. He later on got more into self initiated projects and collaborations with Swedish musicians, such as pianist Sten Sandell and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.

Paal played his first solo concert in 1999, and since then the solo concept has been an important part of his work: "Everyone should try doing some solo work, just to feel who you really are and what gets you going". His solo album "Sticks and stones" was put out in 2001 on SOFA Rec.

Being active in several bands at the same time has always been Paal's deliberate working method. He is constantly conscious about the projects he is in, as his participation in each and one of them is fully dedicated. Playing is not about getting from start to goal, but rather being in an everlasting process, a continuous movement where each new piece of music performed is a prolongation of the latest. Hence, keeping focused and concentrating all energy around what's happening there and then is of greatest importance - as is the freedom in the music, the ability of being free within the expression.

All bands, although various styles and musical versatility in general, represent important pieces that make up a total, and all bands are formed or joined with a clear vision. Today Paal's portfolio includes Atomic, School Days, The Thing, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Sten Sandell Trio, Scorch Trio, Territory Band, FME, and various duo projects such as with reedmen Ken Vandermark, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, organist Nils Henrik Asheim and noise wizard Lasse Marhaug. And not to forget the recently joined Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet."

-Paal Nilssen-Love Website (http://www.paalnilssen-love.com/biography.php)
12/13/2017

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"Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (b. 1971, Oppdal) - studied Jazz at the Music Consevatory in Trondheim, Norway (1992-1995) under the tutelage of bassplayer Odd Magne Gridseth.

When one listens to the great bassists in modern jazz history, a striking thing (though it may not be immediately arrived at) is that greatness is reached through open-mindedness and diversity. William Parker, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Peter Kowald, Wilbur Ware, Bertram Turetsky, Buell Neidlinger - all of these bass players have embraced a lifestyle of playing all sorts of music and the breadth of each musicians' technique is a testament to those experiences. Norwegian bassist and composer Ingebrigt Håker Flaten is also a musician whose experience is both geographical and aesthetic. While the fertile Scandinavian new jazz scene offered a vast amount of opportunities to work in different bands with musicians whose concepts are as individual as the grains in a reed, Flaten has found home and on-the-bandstand education in places as far flung as Chicago and his current residence Austin, Texas.

A muscular player whose tone and attack run the gamut from Paul Chambers to Buschi Niebergall, his sense of both openness and control serves ensembles as diverse as The Thing, Free Fall, Atomic, Scorch Trio and the Kornstad/Håker Flaten Duo. In addition to his own Chicago Sextet and Austin-centric Young Mothers, Flaten has also recorded and performed with Frode Gjerstad, Dave Rempis, Bobby Bradford, the AALY Trio, Ken Vandermark, Stephen Gauci, Tony Malaby, Daniel Levin, Dennis Gonzalez and numerous others. Flaten studied at the Conservatory in Trondheim (1992-1995), turning professional shortly afterward, yet his hunger to play in new situations with new musicians - schooled or amateur, frequently recorded or just starting out - puts him in a rare class, that of a truly broad-minded artist. That mettle has served him well, living and developing the music under his own steam and drawing from influences as diverse as Derek Bailey, George Russell, Chris McGregor, filmmakers Ingmar Bergman, contemporary pop melody and gritty punk music as well as everyday sights and sounds.

There is a calmness and self-assuredness that imbues all great artists, in that the diversity of their work comes with very little ego. Flaten's artistry is often in collective, leaderless ensembles and in fact, following a decade of professional musicianship it wasn't until 2004 that his leader-debut was released - Quintet (Jazzland, followed in 2008 by The Year of the Boar, and a Sextet recording is upcoming). This latter fact is partly due to the necessity of a copacetic situation - in an interview in 2010 with the Austinist he noted that "I use people where I'm located. It's inspiring to have your own band to write for, but you have to make sure that people feel free and not limited by the music; the compositions should lead the way to a player's open mind, and that is a challenge." Certainly not every bandleader/composer thinks this way.

In 2011, he formed another ensemble, The Young Mothers, which includes drummers Stefan Gonzalez (Dallas) and Frank Rosaly (Chicago), trumpeter/poet/rapper Jawaad Taylor (New York), saxophonist Jason Jackson (Houston), and Jonathan Horne (Austin) on guitar. It's a group of varying levels and influences and as it grows organically, will be another excellent lens through which to view Flaten's aesthetic, philosophy, and musicianship. The next few years see him in a position where established ensembles can steep and spread their influence, while experimenting with and nurturing a wide range of new relationships."

-Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Website (http://www.ingebrigtflaten.com/about-me/)
12/13/2017

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"Born in 1977, Per Zanussi grew up in Stavanger with an Italian father and Norwegian mother. He started playing various instruments at five but picked up the bass at 13 playing in rock bands. After discovering jazz he quickly switched to double bass.

Zanussi has a Masters degree in music from the Conservatory in Trondheim and the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, concentrating on double bass and composition. His compositional work has so far resulted in music for prize winning theatre and dance performances and short films as well as comissions for Bit 20, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and and Stavanger's Kitchen Orchestra.

He is currently a research fellow at the University of Stavanger through the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.

In 1996, while still a student in Trondheim he founded the electronic project Wibutee together with Håkon Kornstad and Wetle Holte.This outfit recorded 3 albums with Zanussi and toured most of the world in the following years.In 2001 he founded his longest lasting project to date, Zanussi 5, playing Zanussi's compositions in an acoustic format. This group has recorded 4 quintet albums and a fifth as a version of Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, a twelve piece group including Zanussi 5. In 2012 the album "Live" by Zanussi 13 was released : A 13 piece version of Zanussi 5 consisting of the core group, plus all the musicians that have played with the band over the years, among them Jonas Kullhammar and Stian Westerhus.Zanussi also leads his new eleven piece group, Per Zanussi Ensemble. This is a vehicle for Zanussi's compositions for free improvisors, and includes musicians such as Sofia Jernberg, Eivind Lønning and David Stackenäs. This group is also a part of an ongoing research project by Zanussi through the Norwegian Programme for Artistic Research and the University of Stavanger.Zanussi is a member of Trespass Trio (with Martin Kuchen and Raymond Strid) and several other projects and has recorded or played on occasion with John Butcher, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Hamid Drake, Lotte Anker, Paal Nilssen-Love, Bobby Bradford, Eivind Lønning, Frode Gjerstad, Sabir Mateen, Franklin Kiermyer, Stephen O'Malley, Axel Dörner, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sten Sandell, Mats Gustafsson, Morten J. Olsen, Seijiro Muriyama, Magda Mayas, Sten Åke Holmlander, Louis Moholo, Kjetil Møster, Gabriel Ferrandini, David Stackenäs, Kjell Nordeson, Sofia Jernberg, Kevin Norton, Ivar Grydeland, Ernesto Rodrigues, Tetuzi Akiyama, Christian Wallumrød, Ståle L. Solberg and others."

-Per Zanussi Website (http://www.perzanussi.com/?page_id=2)
12/13/2017

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"Hamid Drake (born August 3, 1955) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist. He lives in Chicago, IL but spends a great deal of time touring worldwide. By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and avant improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free-jazz improvisers. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 70s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso's Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career.

Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups)

He studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles. He frequently plays without sticks; using his hands to develop subtle commanding undertones. His tabla playing is notable for his subtlety and flair. Drake's questing nature and his interest in Caribbean percussion led to a deep involvement with reggae."

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12/13/2017

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Yagi, Michiyo / Lasse Marhaug / Paal Nilssen-Love
Angular Mass
(PNL)
Large Unit
Ana
(PNL)
Large Unit
2015 [BOOK + 2 CDS]
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Jon Rune Strom / Paal Nilssen-Love
Steam In the Casa
(PNL)
Brotzmann, Peter Group
Alarm (1981)
(Atavistic)
Monkey Plot w/ Frode Gjerstad
S/T
(FMR)
Rova Channeling Coltrane
Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
(RogueArt)
Brotzmann, Peter Group
Alarm [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Thing, The
Shake [VINYL 2 LPs]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The
Shake
(The Thing Records)
Parker, William
For Those Who Are, Still [3 CD BOX]
(Aum Fidelity)
The Turbine! (Bankhead / Duboc / Drake / Lopez + guests)
Entropy/Enthalpy [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Shipp, Matthew Quartet Declared Enemy
Our Lady Of The Flowers
(RogueArt)
Canto General featuring Louis Moholo-Moholo
Rebel Flames
(Ogun)
Moholo-Moholo / Gjerstad / Stephens / Lonberg-Holm
Distant Groove
(FMR)
Gjerstad, Frode Trio (w/ Paal Nilssen-Love / Jon Rune Strom)
Miyazaki
(FMR)
Bradford, Bobby / John Carter Quintet
No U Turn, Live in Pasadena 1975
(Dark Tree Records)
Flaten, Ingebrigt Haker
Birds
(Tektite)
Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola
Bota Fogo [VINYL]
(Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Enten Eller
(Circulasione)
Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Worse For The Wear
(Aerophonic)
Zanussi 5 (Zanussi / Moster / Mathisen / Hegdal / Nilssen)
Live In Coimbra
(Clean Feed)
Thing, The With Thurston Moore
Live [VINYL]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The With Thurston Moore
Live
(The Thing Records)
Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Frode Gjerstad
Life On Sandpaper
(FMR)
Lindsay, Arto & Paal Nilssen-Love
Scarcity
(PNL)
Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola
Bota Fogo
(Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL)
Yoshihide, Otomo / Paal Nilssen-Love
[VINYL]
(JVTLANDT)
Nilssen-Love, Paal Large Unit
Erta Ale [4 LP BOX SET]
(PNL)
Nilssen-Love, Paal Large Unit
Erta Ale [3 CD BOX SET]
(PNL)
Thing, The
Garage [VINYL]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The
Viking [VINYL 7-Inch]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The
Boot! [VINYL 7-INCH]
(The Thing Records)
Moholo-Moholo, Louis Unit
For the Blue Notes
(Ogun)
Beuger, Antoine / Konzert Minimal
The Berlin Series No. 5: tschirtner tunings for twelve
(Another Timbre)
Satoh, Masahiko / Paal Nilssen-Love
Spring Snow
(PNL)
Sandell, Sten & Paal Nilssen-Love
Jacana
(Rune Grammofon)
Gustafsson, Mats / Lasse Marhaug
The Oslo Tapes [VINYL 12"]
(Bocian)
Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Both Ends [VINYL]
(Bocian)
Moholo, Louis / Frode Gjerstad
Sult
(FMR)
Nilssen-Love, Paal / Mats Gustafsson
Sin Gas [Vinyl]
(Bocian)
Rempis / Marhaug Duo
Naancore [VINYL]
(Aerophonic)
Lean Left
Live At Area Sismica
(Unsounds)
Marhaug, Lasse
Purple Cane & Sleazy Tuk-Tuk [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)
Carter, John / Bobby Bradford
Tandem (remastered) (1979/82) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Nilssen-Love, Paal Large Unit
First Blow [VINYL EP]
(PNL)
Nilssen-Love, Paal / Mats Gustafsson
Sin Gas [CD]
(Bocian)
Lindsay, Arto & Paal Nilssen-Love
Scarcity [VINYL]
(PNL)
Brotzmann, Peter / Harry Miller / Louis Moholo
Opened, But Hardly Touched [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Cien Fuegos)
Yoshihide, Otomo / Lasse Marhaug / Paal Nilssen-Love
Explosion Course [VINYL]
(PNL/PICA)
Miller's, Harry Isipingo
Different Times, Different Places
(Ogun)
Gjerstad, Frode / Luis Conte
Mirrors Edges
(FMR)
McPhee, Joe / Paal Nilssen-Love
Red Sky
(PNL)
Thing, The
Mono [VINYL 2 LPs]
(The Thing Records)
Jordan, Kidd & Hamid Drake
A Night in November
(Valid Records)
Thing, The
Boot! [VINYL]
(The Thing Records)
Thing, The
Boot!
(The Thing Records)
VCDC (Motland / Lonberg-Holm / Solberg / Gjerstad)
Insult
(FMR)
Gjerstad / Norton / Watson
Live Tipple
(FMR)
DKV Trio + Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo
Schl8hof [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
McGregor, Chris' Brotherhood Of Breath
Procession - Live at Toulouse
(Ogun)
Trespass Trio + Joe McPhee
Human Encore
(Clean Feed)
Ballister (Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love / Rempis)
Mi Casa Es En Fuego
(Ballister Music)
Hawkins, Alexander & Louis Moholo-Moholo
Keep Your Heart Straight
(Ogun)
Boneshaker (Williams / Nilssen-Love / Kessler)
Boneshaker [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Giallorenzo, Paul Trio featuring Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and Tim Daisy
Pg3 IHF & tD
(Not Two Records)
Lean Left (The Ex guitars meet Nilssen-Love/Vandermark Duo)
Live at Cafe Oto
(Unsounds)
Double Tandem (Vandermark/ Baars / Nilssen-Love)
OX
(Den Records)
Fields, Scott
Five Frozen Eggs
(Clean Feed)
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(Soul What Records)
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(PNL)
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Selected Tracks 2013-2017
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Paal Nilssen-Love
Nearby Faraway
(PNL)
Pan-Scan Ensemble
Air And Light And Time And Space
(PNL)
Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm
The Houdan
(FMR)
Bradford, Bobby / Hafez Modirzadeh / Ken Filiano / Royal Hartigan
Live at the Magic Triangle [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly)
Cochonnerie
(Aerophonic)
Ulmer, James Blood W/ The Thing
Baby Talk [VINYL]
(The Thing Records)
Ulmer, James Blood W/ The Thing
Baby Talk
(The Thing Records)
Boneshaker (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love / Kent Kessler)
Thinking Out Loud
(Trost Records)
Tippett's, Keith Ark
Frames (Music For An Imaginary Film) [2 CDs]
(Ogun)
Parker, William Quartets
Meditation / Resurrection [2 CDs]
(Aum Fidelity)
Rothenberg, Ned / Hamid Drake
Full Circle - Live in Lodz
(Foundation Listen)
Lean Left
I Forgot To Breathe [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Lean Left
I Forgot To Breathe
(Trost Records)
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
Trespass Trio (Zanussi / Strid / Kuchen)
The Spirit of Pitesti
(Clean Feed)
Levin, Daniel / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten / Chris Corsano
Spinning Jenny
(Trost Records)
Ballister (Renpis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Slag
(Aerophonic)
Fielder, Alvin / Frode Gjerstad / Damon Smith
The Shape Finds Its Own Space
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul Quintet
The Dreamtime Suite
(FMR)
Lewis, George & Splitter Ochester
Creative Construction Set
(Mikroton Recordings)
McPhee, Joe / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
Bricktop
(Trost Records)
Lindberg, John BC3 (Lindberg / Harrison / Norton)
Born In An Urban Ruin
(Clean Feed)
Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)

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