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12 compositions from bassist Dahlgren in a quintet including Gebhard Ullman performing works using a compositional matrix system and narrative from critiques written against Bela Bartok.

Dahlgren, Chris & Lexicon
Mystic Maze

Dahlgren, Chris & Lexicon: Mystic Maze (Jazzwerkstatt)
Label: Jazzwerkstatt    
Released in: Germany    

"The music of Mystic Maze is based upon a selection of written critiques against the music of the great composer Bela Bartok, who lived from 1881-1945. I wanted, in my own way, to vilify some of the very critics who judged Bartok's incredible music so harshly by turning their own words against them- in other words, to turn their words into music. These critiques, to be found in the 'Lexicon of Musical Invective' compiled by Nicolas Slonimsky, form the written material the band plays, via compositional matrix systems. In some cases, I narrate these texts to the music. Ironically, the more familiar these critiques have become to me, the more I've come to enjoy their special vitriolic qualities. In our current time, music seldom inspires such passion and I wax nostalgic about the days when it did. What makes the music of LEXICON jazz- beyond stylistic any considerations- is that the larger part of composed material is extemporaneously initiated, arranged and improvised upon, by the band, differently for each performance. As such, I am greatly indebted to all of the musicians in the band for their unique contributions to this music."-Chris Dahlgren

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Product Information:

UPC: 4250079758357

Label: Jazzwerkstatt
Catalog ID: JW088
Squidco Product Code: 12920

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Germany
Packaging: Jewel Tray in wrap-around box
Recorded June 3, 2008 at Traumton Studios, Berlin by Markus Mittermeyer. Vocal tracking and mixing by Peter Liljeqvist and Chris Dahlgren at Height Mansion Studios, 2008, Berlin.


Chris Dahlgren-double bass, voice narration

Antonis Anissegos-piano, wurlitzer, sampler, voice

Eric Schaefer-drums, percussion, voice, glockenspiel sampler

Gebhard Ullmann-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet

Christian Weidner-alto saxophone

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Track Listing:

1. Bitter Champagne 3:01

2. The Composer Promenading the Keyboard in His Boots 4:42

3. Great Desires of the Modernists 1:34

4. It Was as if Two People Were Improvising Against Each Other 3:46

5. Mesto 2:01

6. A Mystic Maze 4:52

7. 'Painless Dentistry' No. 1 10:28

8. 'Painless Dentistry' No. 2 7:15

9. 'Painless Dentistry' No. 3 5:46

10. Reminiscences on the Fourth Quartet of Béla Bartok 6:45

11. Repetition Unit 1 2:50

12. Repetition Unit 2 2:22