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Wooley, Nate: Trumpet/Amplifier [VINYL] (Smeraldina-Rima)

NY trumpeter Wooley in three pieces of unrelenting pressure, from choking bursts of muteness to firestorms of sound - two pieces for trumpet, one for amplifier.

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Edition of 496, heavy-weight vinyl with screenprinted open sleeve

Label: Smeraldina-Rima
Catalog ID: S-R 011LP
Squidco Product Code: 12817

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Belgium
Packaging: Vinyl LP in a vinyl sleeve
Side A recorded by Nagte Wooley at The Convent, Jersey City, NJ on August 8, 2007. Side B recorded by Jeremiah Cymerman at IBeam Studios, Brooklyn, NY on April 24, 2009.


Nate Wooley-trumpet, amplifier

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Trumpeter Nate Wooley's approach to extended techniques, close micing, and generally bizarre output from the prince of the horns, played in ways quite unintended by its inventors. Very strange stuff, but well worth the ride as Wooley pulls out the stops, quite literally, and forces his trumpet into a world of gurgles, belches, burbles and breathy vocabulary. Side B takes on the amplifier itself in an unworldly montage of sound. Not for the faint of heart, but recommended for lovers of unusual sound and the untrammeled roads to get there.

Edition of 496, heavy-weight vinyl with screenprinted open sleeve

Artist Biographies:

"Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon, a town of 2,000 people in the timber country of the Pacific Northwestern corner of the U.S. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. His time in Oregon, a place of relative quiet and slow time reference, instilled in Nate a musical aesthetic that has informed all of his music making for the past 20 years, but in no situation more than his solo trumpet performances.

Nate moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radigue, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.

Wooley's solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, as well as demolishing the way trumpet is perceived in a historical context still overshadowed by Louis Armstrong. A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings "exquisitely hostile".

In the past three years, Wooley has been gathering international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language. Time Out New York has called him "an iconoclastic trumpeter", and Downbeat's Jazz Musician of the Year, Dave Douglas has said, "Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole". His work has been featured at the SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen, the WRO Media Arts Biennial in Poland, Kongsberg, North Sea, Music Unlimited, and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals, and the New York New Darmstadt Festivals. In 2011 he was an artist in residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY and Cafe Oto in London, England. In 2013 he performed at the Walker Art Center as a featured solo artist.

Nate is the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music ( and the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal Sound American ( both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music through their online presence and the physical distribution of music through Sound American Records. He also runs Pleasure of the Text which releases music by composers of experimental music at the beginnings of their careers in rough and ready mediums."

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