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Pavone, Jessica: Army Of Strangers (Porter Records)

Pavone's latest takes her compositional and improvisational "army" into more aggressive rock-oriented territory, with the help of drummer Harris Eisenstadt, bassist Jonti Siman and guitarist Pete Fitzpatrick.

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product information:

UPC: 656605781723

Label: Porter Records
Catalog ID: POR 4052
Squidco Product Code: 14062

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock foldover, sealed.
Recorded and mixed by Marc Urselli at East Side Sound on September 25th and October 10th, 2010.


Jessica Pavone-viola, violin

Pete Fitzpatrick-guitar

Jonti Sinman-bass guitar

Harris Eisenstadt-drums

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track listing:

1. Cast of Characters 4:44

2. Tired Soul 3:15

3. April is Over 4:01

4. Don't Cross My Moon 3:22

5. Karmic Deservation 2:12

6. Sink Hole 2:39

7. Apparently, I'm Still Bleeding 3:51

8. There Won't Be Walking in the Daylight 6:25

9. A Piece Has Been Released 3:08

10. Really? 4:33

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Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Quartet Recordings

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"An instrumental excursion into the emotions of heartfelt happiness and stirring sorrow, Jessica Pavone breaks new musical ground with "Army of Strangers". In structure "Army of Strangers" is decidedly a rock orientated album with the openness of improv and warmth of instrumentation by Pete Fitzpatrick, guitar; Jonti Siman, bass guitar; Harris Eisenstadt, drums and Jessica Pavone, viola/violin. An active performer in New York City for the past decade, Jessica Pavone has been leading her own bands, has performed in ensembles led by Anthony Braxton, Matthew Welch, Jason Cady and Jeremiah Cymerman, as well as such collective groups as the Mary Halvorson/Jessica Pavone Duo and The Thirteenth Assembly, and receives commissions to compose chamber music regularly."-Porter Records

Artist Biographies:

"One of only a handful of drummers equally well known for his work as a composer, Brooklyn-based Harris Eisenstadt (b. Toronto, 1975) is among the most individual and prolific musicians of his generation. His resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in jazz and improvised music, West African and Afro-Cuban drumming, and performance credits in jazz, film, theater, poetry, dance, contemporary concert music and opera.

Eisenstadt has performed all over the globe, received grants from organizations such as Meet The Composer, American Composers Forum, Canada Council for the Arts, and appeared on more than 60 recordings since 2000, including twenty as a leader. Recordings of his compositions often appear on the Songlines, Clean Feed, No Business, and 482 Music labels, and are consistently included on critics' best-of lists. Recent honors: Rising Star Percussion Percussion, Arranger, and Composer categories of the Downbeat international critics poll; Best Album, Drummer, Composer categories of the El Intruso international critics poll.

His first work for orchestra, Palimpsest, was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra, as part of the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute at Miller Theater, Columbia University (2011). Eisenstadt's second orchestral work, Four Songs, commissioned by the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, was premiered at the Brooklyn Museum (2013). His first string quartet, Whatever Will Happen, That Will Also Be, was premiered as part of Eisenstadt's twelve-set residency at The Stone in NYC (2015). As a writer and radio producer, he has contributed to National Public Radio and AfroPop Worldwide. Eisenstadt is also an active AfroCuban batá drummer in New York and a longtime researcher in African and diaspora vernacular traditions. He has travelled to West Africa twice (Gambia, Senegal) to research Mandinka and Wolof music, and to Cuba twice (Matanzas, Havana) to research Afro-Cuban music."

-Harris Eisenstadt Website (

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