Relative Pitch Records debuts with the excellent duo of bassist Joelle Leandre and Bay Area woodwind improviser Phil Greenlief in 11 variations for contrabass and woodwinds.
Leandre, Joelle / Phillip Greenlief
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Label: Relative Pitch
Released in: USA
Relative Pitch Records debuts with the excellent duo of bassist Joelle Leandre and Bay Area woodwind improviser Phil Greenlief in 11 variations for contrabass and woodwinds. With the addition of their own voices adding unusual punctuation, the Suite progresses through a series of melodic, technical, and curious passages, with Greenlief switching between clarinet, soprano sax, and tenor saxophone. The recording are excellent, from two studio sessions, and the interplay and dialog is simply excellent. A great start to a new label, and an oustanding release from two uncompromising and fascinating artists!
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"Joëlle Léandre (born 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France) is a double bassist, vocalist, and composer active in new music and free improvisation.
In the field of contemporary music, she has performed with Pierre Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain, and worked with Merce Cunningham and John Cage. Both Cage and Giacinto Scelsi have composed works specifically for her.
She gave an historic solo concert in "Jazz em Agosto" in 2007 (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal). In this same top jazz festival, Léandre performed also in the "Quartet Noir", a quartet with quite rare live performances, with Marilyn Crispell, Urs Leimgruber and Fritz Hauser.
She has also collaborated with some of the preeminent musicians in the fields of jazz and improvised music, including Derek Bailey, Barre Phillips, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, India Cooke, Evan Parker, Irène Schweizer, Steve Lacy, Maggie Nicols, Fred Frith, Carlos Zingaro, John Zorn, Susie Ibarra, J. D. Parran, Kevin Norton, Eric Watson, Ernst Reijseger, Akosh S. and Sylvie Courvoisier.
In 1983 she became a member of the European Women Improvising Group (EWIG), which resulted from former Feminist Improvising Group and in later 1980s she co-founded the feminist improvising Trio Les Diaboliques, with Schweizer and Nicols."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo%C3%ABlle_L%C3%A9andre)
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Cuts 1-10 recorded by Oliver DiCiccio at Mobius, SF. Cuts 11 & 12 recorded by Karen Stackpole at Evander Music Presents, 21 Grand, Oakland.
Joelle Leandre-contrabass, voice
Phillip Greenlief-woodwinds, voice
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1. 1st Variation For Clarinet And Contrabass 2:54
2. 2nd Variation For Clarinet And Contrabass 1:27
3. 3rd Variation For Clarinet And Contrabass 3:21
4. 1st Variation For Soprano Saxophone And Contrabass 3:22
5. 2nd Variation For Soprano Saxophone And Contrabass 4:10
6. 1st Variation For Alto Saxophone And Contrabasee 2:06
7. 2nd Variation For Alto Saxophone And Contrabasee 3:21
8. 1st Variation For Tenor Saxophone And Contrabass 4:28
9. 2nd Variation For Tenor Saxophone And Contrabass 3:53
10. 1st Variation For Soprano Saxophone And Voice 12:04
11. 1st Variation For Contrabass And Voice 11:00