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Trio X

Live 2008 box set [5 CDs]

Trio X: Live 2008 box set [5 CDs] (CIMPOL)

In 2008 Trio X (trumpeter/saxophonist Joe McPhee, bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen) conducted a tenth anniversary tour, here preserved in a magnificent 5-CD set.

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product information:

UPC: 786497577224

Catalog ID: 50155019
Squidco Product Code: 13512

Format: 5 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve 5 panels
See track listings. All recordings engineered by Marc Rusch.


Joe McPhee-flugelhorn, trumpet, tenor and soprano saxophone

Dominic Duval-bass

Jay Rosen-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Joe McPhee, born November 3,1939 in Miami, Florida, USA, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician. He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. He continued on that instrument through his formative school years and later in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany, at which time he was introduced to performing traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton's Freedom and Unity, released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which he appears as a side man. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

His first recordings as leader appeared on the CJ Records label, founded in 1969 by painter Craig Johnson. These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man by McPhee, on what was to become Hat Hut Records.

In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of "deep listening" strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono's book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by "disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle." de Bono's theories inspired McPhee to apply this "sideways thinking" to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of "Po Music." McPhee describes "Po Music" as a "process of provocation" (Po is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used) to "move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones." He concludes, "It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis." The results of this application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective.

In 1997, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. The trio premiered at the Vision Jazz Festival in 1998 but the concert went unnoticed by the press. McPhee, Duval, and Rosen therefore decided that an apt title for the group would be Trio X. In 2004 he created Survival Unit III with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang to expand his musical horizons and with a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections while reaching for music's outer limits."

-Joe McPhee Website (

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track listing:

CD 1:

Colgate University - Donovan's Pu, Hamilton, NY

CD 2:

Ann Arbor, MI - Edgefest

CD 3:

Champaign, IL - Krannert Art Museum

CD 4:

Waukee and Davenport, IA - Tracks 1-4: Oct 18, 2008 at Caspe Terrace; Tracks 5-7: Oct 19, 2008 at Redstone Room

CD 5:

University of Bowling Green (OH) and Hamilton College (NY) Recorded October 14 - 21, 2008
descriptions, reviews, &c.

"In 2008, Trio X conducted a tenth anniversary tour, all of it recorded by the master engineer, Marc Rusch. And now the music from that tour is preserved in a magnificent 5-CD set: Trio X Live on Tour 2008.

Those who have followed Trio X over the years will find this both familiar and fresh and will rejoice in the pleasures of this new release. Program notes for the complete set are written by Producer Bob Rusch, and address the music and each venue (Colgate University; Edgefest [Ann Arbor, MI]; University of Illinois at Urbana [Champaign, IL]; Waukee, Iowa; Davenport, Iowa [PolyRhythms]; Bowling Green State University [Bowling Green, OH]; and Hamilton College)."-CIMP

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