Tierra de Nadie is Colombian pianist Ricardo Gallo's project with bassist Mark Helias, trombonist Ray Anderson, saxophonist Dan Blake, and drummer Satoshi Takeishi and Pheeroan AkLaff.
Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 209
Squidco Product Code: 13687
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded on December 13th and 22nd, 2009 at 58 North Six Media Labs, Brooklyn, NY by Christian Kauffman.
Dan Blake-soprano and tenor saxophone
Satoshi Takeishi-drums and percussion
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1. Intruders 7:52
2. Stomp At No Man's Land 10:06
3. Conspiracy 7:11
4. Three Versions Of A Lie 7:49
5. Hermetismo 8:34
6. The Intervention 8:15
7. South American Idyll 5:33
8. Improbability 3:23
9. La Piña Blanca 3:14
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"Known for his partnerships with Ray Anderson and Peter Evans, Colombian expatriate Ricardo Gallo is becoming a noteworthy voice as a pianist and composer in American creative jazz.
After obtaining critical acclaim with his Bogotá bands, in "The Great Fine Line" we find him in the company of some of the finest performers on the scene - trombonist Ray Anderson, bassist Mark Helias, saxophonist Dan Blake, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and drummer Pheroan AkLaff. All of them great improvisers, and all of them capable of the best interpretations of refined compositions, written by a jazz musician clearly interested in the contemporary classical tradition, at the same time incorporating elements of his native Latin American culture.
The project Tierra de Nadie is inspired in a phrase of the novelist Julio Cortazar, stating that music is a no man's land, a territory where the "fine line" separating genres and national/racial identities is getting blurrier. The result is a sort of imaginary folklore, reflecting the present day global condition of this music we call jazz. A refreshing, exquisite and hot-driven CD."-Clean Feed
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"Mark Helias is a renowned bassist, composer and producer who has performed throughout the world for more than four decades with some of the most important and innovative musicians in Jazz and Improvised Music including Don Cherry, Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton, Abbey Lincoln, Cecil Taylor, and Uri Caine among many others. A prolific composer, Helias has written music for two feature films as well as chamber pieces and works for large ensemble and big band. His orchestra piece "Stochasm" was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in June of 2011. Twelve recordings of his music have been released since 1984, his latest being "The Signal Maker" on the Intakt label. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, and SIM (School for Improvisational Music) in Brookyn, NY."-Mark Helias Website (http://www.markhelias.com)
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"Ray Anderson has been continually noted as a contributor to the legacy of the slide trombone since his emergence in the 1970's, having won numerous Down Beat Critics Polls. He has shown remarkable musical range on the slide trombone and as a result reawakened interest in the instrument's expressive possibilities and sonic scope. He has led or co-led and composed for a daunting assortment of projects including tradition-minded ensembles, experimental groups, big bands, blues and funk projects and even a trombone quartet. He has performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Dr. John, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Luther Allison, Bennie Wallace, Henry Threadgill, John Scofield, Roscoe Mitchell, the New York Composers Orchestra, Sam Rivers' Rivbea Orchestra and countless others. Anderson is a gifted teacher and has been the Director of Jazz Studies at Stony Brook University since 2003. Anderson has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals, the Oberon Foundation and Chamber Music America. In 2001 he became a John S. Guggenheim Fellow."-Ray Anderson Website (http://www.rayanderson.com)
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