Recorded in 1996 and first released by Music and Arts, this is perhaps Scott Fields' most important recording session to date: intricate compositions and superior interplay with his Chicago peers of Hamid Drake, Marilyn Crispell, and Hans Sturm.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 258
Squidco Product Code: 16839
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on July 13th, 1996 at Smart Studios, Madison, Wisconsin by Mark Haines.
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1. Nada Que Ver, Juarez 5:09
2. Laogai 7:17
3. The Archaeopteryx and the Manatees 14:19
4. Little Soldiers for Science 5:11
5. Teaching Rats Hope 6:05
6. When It Comes Time to Hang the Capitalists, They Shall Be Found... 8:46
7. Five Frozen Eggs 8:39
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
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"This 1996 Scott Fields Ensemble session marked a time of transition for all four musicians. The leader had resumed performing a few years earlier after disappearing for more than a decade. This recording marked one of his first collaborations with musicians from outside of Madison, Wisconsin, where he had moved after leaving Chicago.Crispell - after 15 years of devotion to the "classic" Anthony Braxton Quartet - had started focusing on her own projects and sidemanwork. Fields had met Crispell two years earlier. Her sister had called a radio station where Fields had been flogging a gig with Joseph Jarman to ask why Fields could "set up gigs for Joseph Jarman but not for my sister." Fields arranged for a Crispell solo concert that was followed six months later by his "48 Motives," on which Jarman, Crispell, and Sturm appear.
For the Eggs session, Sturm returned to Madison from Ball State University, where he had just started his academic career as a professor of contrabass. Sturm and Fields met when the bassist had moved to Madison, attracted by the university's hire of Richard Davis, a legend for his individualist style and extensive sideman catalog.
Drake just starting to move toward becoming the jazz and improvised music icon he is now. Two years earlier he had started his musical relationship with Peter Brötzmann and was working steadily with Ken Vandermark and other young Chicago players. But Drake was at this time still doing musical odd jobs, such as playing in reggae groups and leading corporate drum circles. Within a year he was playing creative music full time.Even the studio was changing. Smart Studios was owned by Butch Vig, best known for producing Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. Smart treated Fields as its studio art-pet, charging him a fraction of its normal rock-star rate and then shaving off hours when it came time to pay the bill. Two years earlier, while Fields was at Smart tracking "Fugu" (reissued by Clean Feed), Vig was mixing his new group Garbage, in which he played drums. Their album went platinum and Vig plowed some of the profits back into the studio, leaving Fields working in a world-class but bargain-basement-priced facility.
Some of the pieces, including the title track, are also about transitions. For example, in "Five Frozen Eggs" dashed or solid lines indicate the time between floating events (an idea Fields lifted from bassist Jason Roebke) and "The Archaeopteryx and the Manatees" incorporates modularity, a way to spontaneously set transitions."-Clean Feed
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"Marilyn Crispell is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied classical piano and composition, and has been a resident of Woodstock, New York since 1977 when she came to study and teach at the Creative Music Studio. She discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and other contemporary jazz players and composers. For ten years she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble and has been a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra and guest with his London Jazz Composers Orchestra, as well as a member of the Henry Grimes Trio, Quartet Noir (with Urs Leimgruber, Fritz Hauser and Joelle Leandre), and Anders Jormin's Bortom Quintet. In 2005 she performed and recorded with the NOW Orchestra in Vancouver, Canada and in 2006 she was co-director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute and a faculty member at the Banff Centre International Workshop in Jazz. In 2014 she led a three-week music residency at the Atlantic Center For the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and in 2016 led a one-week residency at the Conservatory Manuel de Falla in Buenos Aires.
Besides working as a soloist and leader of her own groups, Crispell has performed and recorded extensively with well-known players on the American and international jazz scene. She's also performed and recorded music by contemporary composers Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Manfred Niehaus and Anthony Davis (including four performances of his opera "X" with the New York City Opera).
In addition to playing, she has taught improvisation workshops and given lecture/demonstrations at universities and art centers in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and has collaborated with videographers, filmmakers, dancers and poets.
Crispell has been the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship grants (1988-1989, 1994-1995 and 2006-2007), a Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust composition commission (1988-1989), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005-2006). In 1996 she was given an Outstanding Alumni Award by the New England Conservatory, and in 2004, was cited as being one of their 100 most outstanding alumni of the past 100 years."-Marilyn Crispell Website (http://marilyncrispell.com/bio.htm)
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• Show Bio for Hamid Drake
"Hamid Drake (born August 3, 1955) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist. He lives in Chicago, IL but spends a great deal of time touring worldwide. By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and avant improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free-jazz improvisers. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 70s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso's Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career.
Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups)
He studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles. He frequently plays without sticks; using his hands to develop subtle commanding undertones. His tabla playing is notable for his subtlety and flair. Drake's questing nature and his interest in Caribbean percussion led to a deep involvement with reggae."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamid_Drake)
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"Scott Fields (born September 30, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois) is a guitarist, composer, and bandleader. He is best known for his attempts to blend music that is composed and music that is written and for his modular pieces (see 48 Motives, 96 Gestures and "OZZO"). He works primarily in avant-garde jazz, experimental music, and contemporary classical music.
Fields was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He started as a self-taught rock musician but soon was influenced by the musicians of the Association for the Advancement for Creative Musicians (AACM), which was active in the Hyde Park neighborhood in which he grew up. Later he studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, music composition, and music theory. In 1973 Fields co-founded the avant-garde jazz trio Life Rhythms. When the group disbanded two years later, he played sporadically but soon was institutionalized for an extended period. He almost quit music until 1989.
Since then he has performed and composed actively. His ensembles and partnerships have included such musicians as Marilyn Crispell, Hamid Drake, John Hollenbeck, Joseph Jarman, Myra Melford, Jeff Parker, and Elliott Sharp."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Fields)
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