Unrepeatable Quartet, The (Wright / Epps / Muro / Dadge)
Jack Wright, one of the United States' true titans of free improvising, recorded this live set at Calgary with trumpeter Ellwood Epps and the Bent Spoon Duo of Chris Dadge and Scott Munro.
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Label: Bug Incision Records
Catalog ID: bim-58
Squidco Product Code: 17445
Packaging: Cardstock foldover in plastic sleeve
Recorded on November 15th, 2012 at National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
Jack Wright-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone
Scott Munro-doublebass, trombone, electronics
Chris Dadge-drumset, percussion
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1. Track 1 37:20
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"There's a great sense of coming-together in this group. Jack Wright, one of the United States' true titans of free improvising, was featured on a killer disc (Over The Transom, bim-08) in the first batch of non-hometeam releases the label ever produced. From then on, more classic BI titles sprung up from the activities of Wright, who, for those not in the know, has played with just about everybody, the world over, among them William Parker, Axel Dorner, Bhob Rainey, and Nate Wooley.
Ellwood Epps has kindly hosted Chris Dadge and Scott Munro (aka the Bent Spoon Duo) at his spaces in Montreal, and has a release on the label (aside from the great new one, Land of Marigold) with Pink Saliva. Dadge and Munro founded the label in 2005, and are featured on many releases. Wright and Epps both found themsevles in Calgary last November, and the four of them recorded a bunch of material, this disc being from their main concert in Calgary.
Although they'd never played as a quartet (Dadge and Munro had played trios with each), the sense of chemistry is immediately evident. Each individual's listening is done with close scrutiny, the reactions and proposals are unrolled in a tightly-coiled but unhurried manner, and everyone pays close attention to the music's need to breathe. Sister quartet album forthcoming this spring on Eh? Records."-Bug Incision
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"Jack Wright was born Pittsburgh PA in 1942 and grew up around Philadelphia and Chicago. He began playing saxophone in 1952, with private instruction; also singing in groups large and small through 1964, including a blue grass trio (playing washtub bass), which recorded an album, "Undertaking Bluegrass." After this he ceased playing music. He attended Lafayette College in Easton PA, where he studied European history and literature and graduated 1964; Johns Hopkins University, MA in European history, 1972; taught history at CCNY in NY and then Temple U. 1967-72, after which he left the academic world. In this latter period he was involved in left politics, organizing mainly on a community level, and began to become involved with music again.
Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 72 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. And he continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king"."-Jack Wright Website (http://www.springgardenmusic.com/jackbio.html)
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