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Rubin, Harold & Barre Phillips & Tatsuya Nakatani: Three on a Thin Line (Hopscotch Records)

Undersung free improv master clarinetist Harold Rubin in a trio with bassist Barre Phillips and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani for 6 distinctive and creative improvisations.

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UPC: 15568230738

Label: Hopscotch Records
Catalog ID: CD-HOP-25
Squidco Product Code: 17568

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded by Assif Tsahar live at Levontin 7 on April 23rd, 2009.


Harold Rubin-clarinet

Barre Phillips-doublebass

Tatsuya Nakatani-percussion

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track listing:

1. Genesis 14:22

2. Zeta 14:29

3. Zariba 11:20

4. Zetetic 10:34

5. Zodiac 8:24

6. Epilogue 6:05
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"Three on a thin line introduces to us the unique and beautiful voice of Clarinetist Harold Rubin. At 80 years old at the time of the recording Harold, who lives in Israel and was born in South Africa, is a revelation. Regretfully very rarely recorded Harold is one of the most unique clarinetist in free jazz walking along such giants as John Carter and Perry Robinson. In young life he got to play with all the famous musician of the 50 Jazz Scene of South Africa. IN the end of the 50's Harold went to trial for painting a black Jesus protesting the Apartheid and after being acquitted he left the country first to England and then to Israel. This put his music on hold for many years with very few peers to play with. Luckily here we get to hear him with master Bassist Barre Phillips who sounds like a kindred soul to Harold and Tatsuya joins this two masters with his own unique, surprising and creative percussive sonic drive."-Hopscotch

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"Barre Phillips (born October 27, 1934 in San Francisco, California) is a jazz bassist. A professional musician since 1960, he migrated to New York City in 1962, then to Europe in 1967.[1] Since 1972 he has been based in southern France where in 2014 founded the European Improvisation Center

He studied briefly in 1959 with S. Charles Siani, Assistant Principal Bassist with the San Francisco Symphony During the 1960s he recorded with (among others) Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Giuffre, Archie Shepp, Peter Nero, Attila Zoller, Lee Konitz and Marion Brown.[1]

Phillips' 1968 recording of solo bass improvisations, issued as Journal Violone in the USA, Unaccompanied Barre in England, and Basse Barre in France, is generally credited as the first solo bass record. A 1971 record with Dave Holland, Music from Two Basses, was probably the first record of improvised double bass duets.[2]

In the 1970s he was a member of the well-regarded and influential group The Trio with saxophonist John Surman and drummer Stu Martin.[1] In the 1980s and 1990s he played regularly with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra led by fellow bassist Barry Guy. He worked on soundtracks of the motion pictures Merry-Go-Round (1981), Naked Lunch (1991, together with Ornette Coleman) and Alles was baumelt, bringt Glück! (2013).[3]

He has also worked with (among many others) bassists Peter Kowald and Joëlle Léandre, guitarist Derek Bailey, clarinetists Theo Jörgensmann and Aurélien Besnard, saxophonists Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker and Joe Maneri, and pianist Paul Bley.

Barre is the father of rock guitarist Jay Crawford from the band Bomb, of the bassist Dave Phillips and of singer Claudia Phillips, who was a one-hit wonder in France in 1987 with "Quel souci La Boétie". "

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"Tatsuya Nakatani. Acoustic Sound Artist, Master Percussionist. b. 1970, Osaka Japan

Tatsuya Nakatani is an acoustic sound artist and master percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. He has released over eighty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since the mid-nineties, he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and independent venues. Infamous for his constant touring, Nakatani criss-crosses the country every year inspiring audiences with his pioneering sound. In addition to his solo performances, he conducts the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO), a mobile community engagement project which organizes local ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs.Nakatani teaches master classes and workshops at universities, giving students an opportunity to share his unique musical approach and philosophy for creating visceral, non-linear music.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. Utilizing drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, wooden sticks, metal objects, and the bows and mallets he handcrafts in his Kobo; he creates an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music that defies genre. His work references improvised-experimental music, free jazz, and noise, while still retaining the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music."

-Tatsuya Nakatani Website (

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