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California trombonist Michael Dessen's trio with drummer Dan Weiss & bassist Chris Tordini in a cycle of 7 pieces integrating grooves, colors and textures in intricate compositions yielding adventurous improvisations.

Dessen, Michael Trio
Forget the Pixel

Dessen, Michael Trio: Forget the Pixel (Clean Feed)
Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"Though outside the New York spotlight, California-based trombonist Michael Dessen has crafted a unique body of music, garnering a steady stream of acclaim for his work as a leader and for his collaborations with some of the best musicians on the scene today. Critics praised his previous trio release on Clean Feed for its compositional range, creative use of electronics, and above all the musicians' extraordinary playing.

Instead of rushing out a follow-up, Dessen spent two years simmering new music, letting the materials mature organically, and the result is worth the wait: Forget The Pixel, a cycle of seven diverse pieces, integrates an astonishing array of grooves, colors and textures, grounded by intricate compositional details and adventurous improvisations.

With Dessen on trombone and laptop joined by drummer Dan Weiss and bassist Chris Tordini, the trio revels in vibrant lines, but can also spin fascinating landscapes out of microscopic details, bringing different types of temporal flow into a rich conversation. Weiss, acclaimed for his own groups as well as his sideman work with musicians like Rudresh Mahanthappa and Dave Binney, cracks open Dessen's compositions with his phenomenal rhythmic fluency and imagination as well as an acute sense of color. Tordini, also an important contributor to emerging NY scenes as well a sideman to masters like Greg Osby, grounds the music with his rich sound and his patient, compositional touch. Finding the threads between raucous play and delicate abstractions, Forget the Pixel is an absorbing journey not to be missed."-Clean Feed

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063002225

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 222
Squidco Product Code: 14481

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded in Lisbon, Portugal on August 6th, 2010 at Namouche Studios by Joaquim Monte.


Michael Dessen-trombone, electronics

Christopher Tordini-double bass

Dan Weiss-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Fossils and Flows 8:17

2. Three Spirals 10:40

3. And We Steal from the Silkworm 5:30

4. Forget the Pixel 10:30

5. Licensed Unoperators (for Lisle) 6:10

6. Herdiphany 3:40

7. The Utopian Tense of Green (for Mariangeles) 13:25

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