Insanely great free improvisation for the West Coast in this quartet of Vinny Golia (multi-reeds), Marco Eneidi (alto sax) Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), and Vijay Anderson (drums).
Golia, Vinny / Marco Eneidi / Lisa Mezzacappa / Vijay Anderson
Hell-Bent in the Pacific
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"I first met Marco Eniedi in the late 1990′s .. who can remember where? His American Jungle Orchestra had made a big impression on the new music scene in the SF Bay Area and we all knew that Marco had been collaborating with Cecil Taylor and had studied with the late, great, irreplaceable Jimmy Lyons. One night we were checking out a show and he asked me if i would like to join his large ensemble. I agreed without hesitation.
Marco's studies with Taylor and Lyons were evident at the first rehearsal. In those days he was using Cecil's notation system, but what he really had a knack for was setting up events where brilliant musical episodes would unfold. After a few performances, Marco scheduled a month-long residency at Venue 9, and invited some cream-of-the-crop improvisers as guest artists (Wadada Leo Smith, Jackson Krall, Bertram Turetsky, and more) to join the orchestra for a series of concerts. In addition to the outstanding guest artists, Marco featured the late great Glenn Spearman, myself and members of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet in the reed section. These live sessions were released on a 2-disc set on the Boticelli label. If you haven't had the pleasure of listening to this great release, suffice to say that the playing and the combinations he inspired always transcended the notes on the page. This is the sign of a great bandleader.
This says nothing about Marco's brilliant work as a saxophonist. Sure, he comes out of the traditions set in motion by Jimmy Lyons, but in recent years in particular he has transcended his influences completely and sounds like no one else but Marco Eniedi. He has reached a level of maturity that few have approached, and he is currently playing at the height of his powers. Marco left the United States a few years ago and has been living in Vienna Austria - a thriving center for music since the days of Haydn and Mozart. The music is still alive in Vienna, there are countless examples, and Marco is a force of nature on that scene.
All this to say you would do yourself a great service if you make it out to hear Marco surrounded by an outstanding cast of improvisers - Vinny Golia, Lisa Mezzacappa, Vijay Anderson. If you want to know what free jazz sounds like when it is in its highest form, look no further. The music is alive and well and Marco remains at the forefront of the music."-Phillip Greenlief, In The Flow 12
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"Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bassist, bandleader, composer, curator and producer. An active collaborator in the Bay Area music community for more than a dozen years, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch, the Interlopers, Nightshade, Eartheaters and the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio, and co-leads the ensembles BODABODA, duo B., Cylinder, the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo, and the Caribbean folk band Les Gwan Jupons. Lisa has released her music on the Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, NotTwo, Evander, Odd Shaped Case and Edgetone record labels, and has recorded as a sideperson for the Tzadik, Kadima and Porto Franco labels. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, film/video, sculpture and public music/art.
As curator, she programs the annual JazzPOP concert seres at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, now in its 10th year; and a live cinema series, Mission Eye and Ear, at Artists' Television Access. She founded the Monday Makeout creative music series in the Mission District of San Francisco, and programs the Best Coast Jazz Composers series as a member of the artistic committee San Francisco's Center for New Music. In 2012 she started the "Festival-of-Us," a semi-annual festival celebrating Bay Area creative jazz and improvised music. Recent projects include an avant-folk string band, the Interlopers; Eartheaters, a trio with Brooklyn vocalist Fay Victor; and BODABODA, a cross-planetary collaboration with Venice reed player/composer Piero Bittolo Bon. In fall 2015 she premieres Glorious Ravage, a multi-media song cycle for large ensemble with commissioned films, inspired by the writings of Victorian lady adventurers.
Lisa has been artist-in-residence at Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2008, 2013), Headlands Center for the Arts (2006, 2015), the Banff International Jazz Workshop (2000), and the Painted Bride Arts Center (2000). She holds an MA in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley (2003), and a BA in music from the University of Virginia (1997). She has performed at countless Bay Area venues including Intersection for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, Yoshi's, the Jazzschool, and the de Young Museum, San Francisco; as well as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle; the Montreal Jazz Festival and Victoriaville Festival de Musique Actuelle, Canada; the Monterey Jazz Festival, CA; Moers Festival, Germany; and Novara Jazz Festival, Italy.
Lisa has been awarded grants by the MAP Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, American Composers Forum, the City of Oakland, Meet the Composer and Southern Exposure/the Andy Warhol Foundation. She performs as a sideperson in original jazz, improv and chamber ensembles led by estemmed bandleaders and West Coast musical visionaries, like Phillip Greenlief, Aaron Novik, Beth Custer, Randy McKean, Marco Eneidi, Vijay Anderson, Aaron Bennett, Myles Boisen, Steve Adams, Graham Connah, Jon Raskin, Cory Wright and Ross Hammond, and collaborates often with Darren Johnston, Vinny Golia, Katy Stephan, Aram Shelton, Kjell Nordeson, Murray Campbell, Jason Levis, Dina Maccabee, Noah Phillips, Rob Ewing, Kasey Knudsen, Myles Boisen, Sam Ospovat, John Hanes, and many many others."-Lisa Mezzacappa Website (http://www.lisamezzacappa.com/bio.html)
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Recorded by John Finkbeiner at New, Improved Recording, Oakland, CA.
Vinny Golia-tenor saxophone, sopranino saxophone, soprano saxophone, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Marco Eneidi-alto saxophone
Lisa Mezzacappa-acoustic bass
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