Wind and reed player Mary Ehrlich's excellent Rites Quartet with Hank Roberts (cello), Michael Sarin (drums) and James Zollar (trumpet) in a set of lyrical compositions that borrows from jazz and downtown NY traditions.
Ehrlich's Rites Quartet, Marty
Frog Leg Logic
Label: Clean Feed
Released in: Portugal
"Julius Hemphill really has a noble heir in Marty Ehrlich, and the fact that this multi-reed player includes a cellist in his quartet makes us remember Hemphill's association with the great Abdul Wadud. Ehrlich's first recording of his Rites Quartet for Clean Feed, "Things Have Got To Change", contrasted his compositions, both rhythmic and reflective, with never- before recorded pieces by Hemphill.
Ehrlich's new recording with his Rites Quartet, "Frog Leg Logic", presents a broad canvas of original compositions that further define his concept for this ensemble. The stylistic range of this new CD goes deep in its approach to the post-bop tradition and the Blues, bringing out the exquisite lyricism in Ehrlich's writing, the timbral associations of the instruments and the improvisational, free-form flights of the soloists.
Once more, Marty Ehrlich has in trumpeter James Zollar a contrasting force, and it's a wonder to hear both in conversation. They push each other further down the road, keeping things alive and moving. Ehrlich reunites with his long-time colleague Hank Roberts on cello, who sounds at times like a third horn, a guitar, a kora, and a voice far off in the wilderness. Roberts combines with drummer Michael Sarin to make a compelling stew of rhythmic energy.
Frog Leg Logic takes on a sound and direction that is old and new at once. Take the leap and listen."-Clean Feed Records
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"Marty Ehrlich is celebrating thirty-five years in the nexus of creative music centered in New York City. He began his musical career in St. Louis, Missouri, while in high school, performing and recording with the Human Arts Ensemble. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with honors in 1977, where his teachers included George Russell, Jaki Byard, Joseph Allard, and Gunther Schuller.
Since that time, he has made twenty-five recordings of his compositions for ensembles ranging in size from duo to jazz orchestra. These groups include his Emergency Peace Ensemble, Traveler's Tales Group, Rites Quartet, and the Marty Ehrlich Sextet. He has recorded a CD-length work for twenty-two musicians entitled The Long View, and has two acclaimed recordings in Tzadik's Radical Jewish Culture series. In 2013 he released "A Trumpet in the Morning", a large-ensemble recording of 5 long form compositions.
As a multi-instrumentalist passionate about improvisation and interpretation, he has performed with a who's who of contemporary composers including Muhal Richard Abrams, Ray Anderson, Steven Bernstein, Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Andrew Cyrille, Jack DeJohnette, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Peter Erskine, Michael Formanek, Don Grolnick, Chico Hamilton, Julius Hemphill, Andrew Hill, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Leroy Jenkins, Myra Melford, James Newton, Bobby Previte, David Schiff, Wadada Leo Smith, and John Zorn. He appears on more than 100 recordings with these and other composers.
Ehrlich has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the New York City Opera, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, and other classical ensembles. He has worked with the Jose Limón and Bill T. Jones dance companies, among others. He is currently presenting a concert program for twelve musicians entitled "Julius Hemphill: A Composer Portrait." His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Residency at Harvard University, composition grants from Chamber Music America, the NEA, and NYFA, "Clarinetist of the Year" from the Jazz Journalist Association, and a Distinguished Alumni award from NEC. He is currently Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at Hampshire College."-Marty Ehrlich Website (http://www.martyehrlich.com/html/about.php)
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 242
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Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on January 15th, 2011 at Acoustic Recording Studio, Brooklyn, NY by Michael Brorby.
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