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Kretzmer, Yoni Trio: Nevertheless (Hopscotch Records)

Israeli saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer now living in NY in a trio with NY drummer Mike Pride and Chicago/NY bassist Jason Ajemian, technical, lyrical, conceptual, and emotional jazz.

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product information:

UPC: 0695269602227

Label: Hopscotch Records
Catalog ID: HOP 22
Squidco Product Code: 13586

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded by Jim Clouse at Park West Studios, Brooklyn, NY on November 5th, 2009.


Yoni Kretzmer-tenor saxophone

Jason Ajemian-double bass

Mike Pride-drums

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track listing:

1. Looks Like Not 4:32

2. A New Start 6:25

3. Improv Two 7:19

4. Nevertheless 7:33

5. Something with Tango 10:32

6. Four Notes 1:34

7. What a Pity 5:23

8. Sort of Despair 5:37

9. Till We Got There 6:50

10. Four Notes Ending 1:11

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"Yoni Kretzmer, newly arrived in NYC, has just produced his second CD, Nevertheless. In it he progresses still further on his unique journey, an emotional and quizzical investigation of naïve melodies with a twist: simple truths skeptically reexamined, which while uncompromisingly intelligent, nonetheless - nevertheless - do not alienate, but rather engage the listener on what is almost an invasively emotional plane. Yoni is a true master of his craft: his music is challenging, never boring, and incredibly personal, almost to the point of voyeurism. A young Israeli avant-garde Jazz saxophonist, he has been described as a passionate and accurate player, with the maturity and depth of a veteran jazz musician.

After his first CD, in which Kretzmer used an almost unlikely arrangement of saxophone, bass, drums, cello and viola, in this CD Kretzmer goes back to basics - giving his own take on the traditional sax-bass-drums trio. Mike and Jason are the ideal sides to this triangle: Mike Pride, despite his sophisticated innovativeness, approaches the drums with a primal intensity, and Jason Ajermian's extravagant bass provides an essential depth to this trio's sound.The CD consists of ten of Kretzmer's minimally planned ideas - whims almost - which provide a conceptual framework for free exploration. The piece entitled 'four notes' is in fact an exploration of exactly that: of four notes. That is all Kretzmer wrote down.

Mike Pride is one of New York's most in-demand drummers, both on the Jazz scene and on the alternative and experimental rock scene alike. He has recorded numerous albums and has played and recorded with Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Sonny Simmons and others. Jason Ajemian is a key figure in both the New York and Chicago Jazz scenes. Ajemian plays both as a leader and as a sideman, and is a part of many significant ensembles such as the Chicago Underground Trio, the Exploding Star Orchestra, and the Art of Dying."-Hopscotch Records

Artist Biographies:

"Mike Pride: Percussionist • Composer • Vocalist • Visual Artist

Born and raised in Southern Maine, but based out of New York City since 2000, Mike Pride currently performs solo, leads modern-jazz quartet From Bacteria To Boys, the 7-drummer installation-band Drummer's Corpse, and the MDC piano trio I Hate Work. He also co-leads the ensembles Pulverize The Sound (w/ Peter Evans and Tim Dahl), and Period (w/ Charlie Looker and Chuck Bettis). Pride is renowned for his ability to excel in a wide range of genres and ensembles. He has worked with everyone from improvised music icon Anthony Braxton to punk legends Millions Of Dead Cops, toured extensively on four continents, appeared on more than 100 recordings, and is currently touring the world opening for comedian Amy Schumer with Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore.

A short list of his collaborators includes Mick Barr, Tim Berne, Boredoms, Eugene Chadbourne, Nels Cline, Andrew D'Angelo, Trevor Dunn, Dynamite Club, Peter Evans, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Drew Gress, Mary Halvorson, Curtis Hasselbring, Nona Hendryx, Jon Irabagon, Brad Jones, Haino Keiji, Kirk Knuffke, George Lewis, Frank Lowe, Bill McHenry, Tony Malaby, Sam Mickens, Butch Morris, Joe Morris, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Herb Robertson, Jamie Saft, Sonny Simmons, Craig Wedren, Nate Wooley, Otomo Yoshihide and John Zorn.

Pride's versatility doesn't end with his eclectic résumé as a popular sideman and leader/co-leader of many active ensembles spanning the worlds of modern-jazz, avant-rock, noise and doom metal improv. He is also a busy educator and clinician, a soundtrack composer for TV shows, video games, podcasts, independent films, and websites, and an experienced and exhibited visual artist.

Mike proudly uses Yamaha Drums & hardware, Vic Firth striking implements, and Humes & Berg Cases."

-Mike Pride Website (

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