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Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 with an ensemble including Tim Berne, Joe Morris, Rhodri Davies, Jim Denley, Alex Ward & Steve Beresford, this amazing work is organized in traditional movements using a very modern and free language.

SFE - Simon Fell Ensemble
Positions and Descriptions

SFE - Simon Fell Ensemble: Positions and Descriptions (Clean Feed)
Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"Positions & Descriptions was commissioned by Jazz On 3, with funds provided by BBC Radio 3; in particular, this project would not have been possible without the consistent support and undeviating commitment of Robert Abel / Produced by Simon H. Fell / Executive production by Trem Azul / Design by Travassos

"Only in a recording by Simon H. Fell could you find such disparate musicians as Tim Berne, Joe Morris, Rhodri Davies, Jim Denley, Alex Ward and Steve Beresford, coming from the many tendencies existing in the jazz and freely improvised music fields. Fell himself is an example of dexterity: you can find him playing in a variety of contexts, from free jazz to both the old and new schools of the so-called "non-idiomaticism", often incorporating elements of contemporary classical music and even rock. Separately, or all at once.

This is the case in Positions & Descriptions - Composition no 75, another development of his idiosyncratic orchestral concepts; this one resulting from a special circumstance: it was commissioned by BBC Radio 3. The structure of the (open, but complex) score is classical, organized by movements, and these by "positions","commentaries" and "descriptions", with a rondo and a final coda. The relative conventionality of the suite format is contrasted by the materials, and in terms of resources the paradoxes keep moving things along: pre-recorded electronic elements are crossed by solo and ensemble improvisations, an occasional waltz or tango emerges in the middle of something rooted in the minds of Charles Mingus and Pierre Boulez, and free flights have the contraposition of the quotations inserted; for instance, there's a bit of Webern's "Variations for Orchestra Op. 30" somewhere for you to find.

What has all this to do with the tradition established by Duke Ellington? More than you might think. The difference resides only in the fact that this is the big band music of the 21st century. Remarkable!"-Clean Feed Records

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063002300

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 230
Squidco Product Code: 14780

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK) on November 25th, 2007.


Clark Rundell-conductor

Jim Denley-piccolo, concert flute, alto flute, bass flute

Andrew Sparling-Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet

Alex Ward-Bb clarinet

Tim Berne-alto saxophone

Damien Royannais-baritone saxophone, Eb tubax

Chris Batchelor-trumpet

Joby Burgess-tuned percussion, concert percussion

Rhodri Davies-harps

Philip Thomas-piano, celesta

Joe Morris-electric guitar

Steve Beresford-electronics, conduction

Mifune Tsuji-violin

Philip Josep-theremin

Simon H. Fell-double bass, electronics

Mark Sanders-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Movt. I 16:52

2. Who's The Fat Man? 1:18

3. Movt. II 4:47

4. FZ pour PB 6:24

5. Movt. III 13:00

6. Graphic Description 4 3:31

7. Movt. IV 4:08

8. Plusieurs Commentaires de PB pour DR 5:36

9. Movt. V 23:32