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McPhee, Joe and Michael Zerang: Creole Gardens (A New Orleans Suite) (NoBusiness)

Saxophonist and pocket trumpeter Joe McPhee and drummer Michael Zerang recorded this suite of superb duos live at Big Top in New Orleans, LA in the fall of 2009, extended, unusual and masterful improvisation.
 

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UPC: 4779022071676

Label: NoBusiness
Catalog ID: NBCD 32
Squidco Product Code: 15160

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Lithuania
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on September 24th, 2009 by Carl R. Moller, live at BIG TOP New Orleans, LA.


Personnel:

Joe McPhee-alto saxophone, pocket trumpet

Michael Zerang-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Joe McPhee, born November 3,1939 in Miami, Florida, USA, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician. He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. He continued on that instrument through his formative school years and later in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany, at which time he was introduced to performing traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton's Freedom and Unity, released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which he appears as a side man. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

His first recordings as leader appeared on the CJ Records label, founded in 1969 by painter Craig Johnson. These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man by McPhee, on what was to become Hat Hut Records.

In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of "deep listening" strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono's book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by "disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle." de Bono's theories inspired McPhee to apply this "sideways thinking" to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of "Po Music." McPhee describes "Po Music" as a "process of provocation" (Po is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used) to "move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones." He concludes, "It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis." The results of this application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective.

In 1997, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. The trio premiered at the Vision Jazz Festival in 1998 but the concert went unnoticed by the press. McPhee, Duval, and Rosen therefore decided that an apt title for the group would be Trio X. In 2004 he created Survival Unit III with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang to expand his musical horizons and with a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections while reaching for music's outer limits."

-Joe McPhee Website (http://joemcphee.com/bio.html)
11/25/2020

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"Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms.

Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater, in collaboration with Redmoon Theater, in 1996, 1998, and 2000.

As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography and has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, and works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.

Michael founded and was the artistic director of the Link's Hall Performance Series in Chicago from 1985-1989 where he produced over 300 concerts of jazz, traditional ethnic folk music, electronic music, and other forms of forward thinking music. Michael has been a Board Member of Links Hall Since 1989. He continued to produce concerts at Cafe Urbus Orbis from 1994-1996, and at his own space, The Candlestick Maker in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood, from 2001 - 2005.

Michael has taught as a guest artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in performance technique, sound design, and sound/music as it relates to puppetry; rhythmic analysis for dancers at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Northwestern University, and MoMing Dance and Arts Center; courses in Composer/Choreographer Collaborations at Northwestern University; music to children at The Jane Adams Hull House.

Michael currently tours and holds workshops in improvisational music, and teaches private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion technique.

-Michael Zerang Website (http://www.michaelzerang.com/)
11/25/2020

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track listing:


1. Congo Square Dances / Saints and Sinners 23:56

2. Rise / After the Flood 9:18

3. Crescent City Lullaby 8:46

4. And Now Miss Annie, The Black Queen 7:14

5. The Drummer-Who-Sits-On-The-Drum 10:54
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

Saxophonist and pocket trumpeter Joe McPhee and drummer Michael Zerang recorded this suite of superb duos live at Big Top in New Orleans, LA in the fall of 2009, extended, unusual and masterful improvisation. All of these titles have direct historical reference to New Orleans. The concert and album are dedicated in honor of legendary master drummer Alvin Fielder.

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Joe McPhee
Duo Recordings
Saxophone & Drummer / Percussionist Duos


Other Releases With These Artists:
Thing, The (Gustafsson / McPhee / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love)
She Knows...
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
McPhee, Joe
Black Is The Color: Live in Poughkeepsie and New Windsor, 1969-70 [2CDS]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Rempis, Dave / Elisabeth Harnik / Michael Zerang
Triple Tube
(Not Two)
McPhee / Rempis / Reid / Lopez / Nilssen-Love
Of Things Beyond Thule Vol. 2
(Aerophonic)
Decoy (Alexander Hawkins / John Edwards / Steve Noble) With Joe McPhee
AC/DC
(Otoroku)
Karkhana
Bitter Balls [VINYL]
(Unrock)
Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Joe McPhee
No Time Left for Sadness
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Lindsay, Arto / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark / Phil Sudderberg
Largest Afternoon
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee / Reid / Lopez / Nilssen-Love / Rempis
Of Things Beyond Thule Volume 1 [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(Aerophonic)
Vandermark, Ken w/ Butcher / Drake / Kessler / McPhee / Mori / Noble / Prevost / Rasmussen / Tilbury / Wooley
Unexpected Alchemy [7-CD BOX]
(Not Two)
McPhee, Joe / Paal Nilssen Love
Song for the Big Chief
(PNL)
McPhee, Joe / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel
A Night In Alchemia
(Not Two)
Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark
Invitation To A Dream [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)
Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark
Invitation To A Dream
(Astral Spirits)
McPhee, Joe / Paal Nilssen-Love
Lift Every Voice And Sing [VINYL]
(Smalltown Superjazzz / Actions for Free Jazz)
Zerang, Michael
Assyrian Caesarean [VINYL]
(Holidays Records)
McPhee, Joe / Mats Gustafsson
Brace For Impact
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee, Joe / Hamid Drake
Keep Going
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee, Joe
One Day... A Lightning Storm [10-inch VINYL]
(Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records)
Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano
A History Of Nothing
(Trost Records)
Imaginary Numbers (McPhee / Niggenkemper / Solberg)
Imaginary Numbers
(Clean Feed)
Foussat, Jean-Marc / Sylvain Guerineau / Joe McPhee
Quod
(Fou Records)
Chicago Plan, The (Swell / Ullmann / Lonberg-Holdm / Zerang)
The Chicago Plan
(Clean Feed)
McPhee, Joe / Andre Jaume
Nuclear Family
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Universal Indians w/ Joe McPhee
Skullduggery [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Clean Feed)
Foussat, Jean-Marc / Les Autres
Alternative Oblique [4 CD Box Set]
(Improvising Beings)
McPhee, Joe
Alone Together: The Solo Ensemble Recordings 1974 & 1979
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee, Joe
As Serious As Your Life [reissue]
(Hatology)
Vandermark / Gregorio / Bishop / Morris / &c
Pipeline
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee, Joe
The Loneliest Woman [CD EP]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Haker-Flaten New York Quartet, Ingebrigt (McPhee / Wooley / Morris)
Now Is
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Mcphee, Joe / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
Brooklyn DNA
(Clean Feed)
Gjerstad / Lonberg-Holm / Zerang
Sugar Maple
(FMR)
McPhee, Joe / Lisle, Ellis / Plimley, Paul
Sweet Freedom - Now What?
(Hatology)
McPhee, Joe / Survival Unit II / Thorton, Clifford
N.Y., N.Y., 1971
(Hatology)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Thing, The (Gustafsson / McPhee / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love)
She Knows...
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
McPhee, Joe
Black Is The Color: Live in Poughkeepsie and New Windsor, 1969-70 [2CDS]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Rempis, Dave / Elisabeth Harnik / Michael Zerang
Triple Tube
(Not Two)
McPhee / Rempis / Reid / Lopez / Nilssen-Love
Of Things Beyond Thule Vol. 2
(Aerophonic)
Decoy (Alexander Hawkins / John Edwards / Steve Noble) With Joe McPhee
AC/DC
(Otoroku)
Karkhana
Bitter Balls [VINYL]
(Unrock)
Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Joe McPhee
No Time Left for Sadness
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Lindsay, Arto / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark / Phil Sudderberg
Largest Afternoon
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee / Reid / Lopez / Nilssen-Love / Rempis
Of Things Beyond Thule Volume 1 [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(Aerophonic)
Vandermark, Ken w/ Butcher / Drake / Kessler / McPhee / Mori / Noble / Prevost / Rasmussen / Tilbury / Wooley
Unexpected Alchemy [7-CD BOX]
(Not Two)
McPhee, Joe / Paal Nilssen Love
Song for the Big Chief
(PNL)
McPhee, Joe / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel
A Night In Alchemia
(Not Two)
Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark
Invitation To A Dream [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)
Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark
Invitation To A Dream
(Astral Spirits)
McPhee, Joe / Paal Nilssen-Love
Lift Every Voice And Sing [VINYL]
(Smalltown Superjazzz / Actions for Free Jazz)
Zerang, Michael
Assyrian Caesarean [VINYL]
(Holidays Records)
McPhee, Joe
One Day... A Lightning Storm [10-inch VINYL]
(Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records)
Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano
A History Of Nothing
(Trost Records)
Imaginary Numbers (McPhee / Niggenkemper / Solberg)
Imaginary Numbers
(Clean Feed)
Foussat, Jean-Marc / Sylvain Guerineau / Joe McPhee
Quod
(Fou Records)
Chicago Plan, The (Swell / Ullmann / Lonberg-Holdm / Zerang)
The Chicago Plan
(Clean Feed)
McPhee, Joe / Andre Jaume
Nuclear Family
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Universal Indians w/ Joe McPhee
Skullduggery [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Clean Feed)
Foussat, Jean-Marc / Les Autres
Alternative Oblique [4 CD Box Set]
(Improvising Beings)
McPhee, Joe
Alone Together: The Solo Ensemble Recordings 1974 & 1979
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Vandermark / Gregorio / Bishop / Morris / &c
Pipeline
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

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