An excellent set of live recordings from New York City led by saxophonist Ras Moshe, with Matt Lavelle (trumpet), Lou Grassi (drums), Daniel Levin (cello), Dave Miller (drums), Chris Forbes (piano), James Keepnews (guitar), Tom Zlabinger (bass), and Max Johnson (bass).
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An excellent set of live recordings from New York City led by saxophonist Ras Moshe, with Matt Lavelle (trumpet), Lou Grassi (drums), Daniel Levin (cello), Dave Miller (drums), Chris Forbes (piano), James Keepnews (guitar), Tom Zlabinger (bass), and Max Johnson (bass). The core of the release is the 4 part "Convergence Circle", where the band is a sextet with sax, trumpet, piano and guitar in the lead and cello & drums providing the rhythm section. The opening number, "I Hear You" is the trio of Moshe, Lou Grassi and Tom Zlabinger; Zlabinger returns for the final "Meditation for David S Ware", along with Daniel Levin, Lou Grassi and bassist Max Johnson.
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"Lou Grassi is internationally known for his work in both the traditional and the avant-garde jazz worlds. He has literally played from Ragtime to No-Time - he toured with Ragtime pianist Max Morath and is the leader of the Dixie Peppers. He has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of outstanding artists including Marshall Allen, Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, Rob Brown, Roy Campbell, The Copascetics, James Garrison, Charles Gayle, Burton Greene, Urbie Green, Gunter Hampel, Johnny Hartman, Fred van Hove, Joseph Jarman, Sheila Jordan, William Parker, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, and Mark Whitecage. Lou appears on more than 70 recordings including more than 30 as a leader or co-leader.
Lou has toured extensively, performing throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia and Central America. He has been a featured artist at numerous international festivals including The Stork Music Festival, NYC; The Vision Festival, NYC; The Texaco New York Jazz Festival, NYC; The Rochester Jazz Festival, Rochester, NY; Summer's End Music Festival, Middletown, CT; Rive de Gier International Jazz Festival, France; Festas Lisboa, Portugal; CAMP 99, Tubingen, Germany; The Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada, Festival Frei Improvisierter Music, Dresden, Germany, the WIM Festival in Antwerp, Belgium, The Hurta Codell Festival of Improvised Music, Madrid, Spain and Egdefest, Ann Arbor, MI He has also performed at Banlieues Bleues Festival, Paris, France; Luneburg Jazz Nights, Germany; The Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, NYC and The International Dixieland Festival of Dresden, Germany."-Lou Grassi Website (http://www.lougrassi.com/LouGrassiShortBio.html)
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"Daniel Levin is "one of the outstanding cellists working in the vanguard arena" (All About Jazz), "ridiculously fluent, virtually overflowing with ideas" (New York City Jazz Record) and "very much the man to watch." (Penguin Guide to Jazz). No matter what setting he plays in, cellist Daniel Levin occupies a musical space bordered by many kinds of music, but fully defined by none of them.
"Demonstrating an impressive breadth of texture and contrast, the cellist Daniel Levin comes well prepared for a career in jazz's contemporary avant-garde." (Nate Chinen, The New York Times).
Elements of European classical music, American jazz, microtonal and new music, and European free improvisation all figure prominently in his unique sound. As critic John Sharpe observes in The New York City Jazz Record, "he invokes all manner of musics with prodigious skill: jazz, classical, improv, noise, vocal chorus. His technique is unquestioned and he revels in the physicality of the instrument. Those with an adventurous streak or interest in the outer reaches of the cello universe will find much to savor."
Born in Burlington, Vermont, he began playing the cello at the age of six. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, and arrived on New York City jazz scene shortly therafter. Since then, Daniel has developed his own unique voice as a cellist, improviser, and composer. Ed Hazell noted upon release of Levin's first record as a leader, "Cellist Daniel Levin is a major new voice on his instrument and in improvised music." He has performed and/or recorded with Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Andrew Cyrille, Mark Dresser, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri, Joe Morris, William Parker, Ivo Perelman, Warren Smith, Ken Vandermark, and many others. Daniel is the recipient of a 2010 Jerome Foundation award."-Daniel Levin Website (http://daniel-levin.com/about)
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1. I Hear You (Featuring Tom Zlabinger, Lou Grassi) 10:02
2. Convergence Circle One (Featuring Matt Lavelle, Chris Forbes, James Keepnews, Daniel Levin, Dave Miller) 12:35
3. Convergence Circle Two (Featuring Matt Lavelle, Chris Forbes, James Keepnews, Daniel Levin, Dave Miller) 13:14
4. Convergence Circle Three (Featuring Matt Lavelle, Chris Forbes, James Keepnews, Daniel Levin, Dave Miller) 13:58
5. Convergence Circle Four (Featuring Matt Lavelle, Chris Forbes, James Keepnews, Daniel Levin, Dave Miller) 16:02
6. Meditation For David S Ware (Featuring Daniel Levin, Tom Zlabinger, Max Johnson) 12:30