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Houle, Francois / Marilyn Crispell: Any Terrain Tumultuous (Red Toucan)

A beautiful and diverse set of duos from clarinetist Francois House and pianist Marilyn Crispell, with a two part title track based on a poem by Catriona Strang, and an instrumental song for Jeanne Lee.

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UPC: 777885930523

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9305-2
Squidco Product Code: 18045

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1995
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on September 23rd, 1995 at Nevessa Studio, Saugerties, NY..


Francois Houle-clarinet

Marilyn Crispell-piano

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track listing:

1. Any Terrain Tumultuous Part 1 8:38

2. Nomad 6:58

3. A Patch Sets (5 miniatures) 2:45

4. Every Time 1:17

5. Any Terrain Tumultuous Part 2 10:00

6. Marsyas 7:46

7. Song For Jeanne Lee 3:23

8. Oblique 6:52

9. For Clayoquot 8:21

10. Provided I Could 1:03
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Improvised Music
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"Definitely compositions. The title track goes from very austere beginnings to eventually live up to it's name, Houle blowing circles around Crispell's clusters and runs. These are the most engaging parts of the disc for me, and I wish they'd just BLOW more often.

I guess the idea behind composing ideas to improvise around is so that the listeners, as well as the players, are spared those moments of wandering or un-inspiration. Does this point out a lack of ability in the composers? Perhaps. But these are two veterans, and I've heard them both improvise brilliantly in other contexts, so why the Forethought? Something to prove? Trying to get something across?I cannot in good conscience judge these compositions. They all sound more classical than jazz (to use worn-out terms) and during the written parts I find myself wishing they'd get to the fire. (When Crispell plays a solo, things burn right up.) I like the spareness of the two instruments' sounds, and the recording is excellent. My girlfriend, who's been listening along with me, found this CD more interesting than anything else I've played tonight."-Jeph Jerman, The Improviser

Artist Biographies:

"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 (

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