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FPR (Gratkowski / Greenlief / Raskin): All At Once (Relative Pitch)

Three West Coast saxophonists, Jon Raskin (Rova), Frank Gratkowsk (Zeitkratzer) and Phillip Grenlief, in a free improvising trio of highly interactive music using extended techniques to captivate and entertain the listener.
 

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UPC: 616892153047

Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPR 1015
Squidco Product Code: 18081

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in June 2007 at Center for New Music and Technology (CNMAT), Berkeley, CA by Frank Gratkowski. Recorded July 2010 at CNMAT by Frank Gratkowski.


Personnel:

Frank Gratkowski-alto saxophone, Bb clarinet

Phillip Greenlief-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

Jon Raskin-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone

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track listing:


1. Three Vegetables for Double Happiness 4:21

2. No Name 3:56

3. Likewise 4:38

4. Sound 7:09

5. Qupe 2:37

6. Cirus/Webern 4:30

7. Epitasis 7:32

8. January 12, 2007 4:16

9. Was/Schatten 6:32




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Improvised Music
Jazz
West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
Free Improvisation
Trio Recordings
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"FPR features saxophonists Frank Gratkowski, Phillip Greenlief, and Jon Raskin (ROVA Saxophone Quartet) - a tightly knit, powerhouse ensemble that explores improvisation and new composition systems. The members of the trio, a unique alternative to the standard saxophone quartet, are among the forefront of modern saxophonists who are pushing forward the boundaries of saxophone language and techniques. The composition styles of these three celebrated musicians are varied, as illustrated on their newest CD release ALL AT ONCE on the Relative Pitch label (NYC). FPR's music is both intellectually compelling and emotionally exciting, and has pleased audiences up and down the west coast since 2003."-Relative Pitch



"No surprise in comparing this release to the Rova Sax Quartet. It features Jon Raskin, a founding member of that ensemble, as well as fellow saxophonists Frank Gratkowski and Phillip Greenlief. Recorded on two dates, one in 2007 and the other in 2010, this intrepid trio gives their instruments a workout across nine tracks.

Honestly, limited-palette releases like this can be hit or miss. But in the right hands, three saxes can offer a broad range of pitches and textures. Such is the case for All At Once. Whether improvised or composed, and it can be hard to tell how some of these tracks came about, FPR attacks each effort with gusto and poise.

Little from this recording might be mistaken for the conventional, with squeaks, drones, and contrapuntal melodies throughout. But nothing sounds thrown together or offered for convenience. A subtle and engaging release."-Mike, AMN


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Artist Biographies:

"Frank Gratkowski, saxophone. Born in Hamburg, 1963.

Started playing the saxophone at 16 and, following a period at the Hamburg Conservatory (Hamburger Musikhochschule), moved in 1985 to study at the Cologne Conservatory of Music with Heiner Wiberny, graduating in 1990.

Further studies with Charlie Mariano, Sal Nistico and Steve Lacy.

Frank Gratkowski has been working as a soloist in various international formations (Grubenklang Orchester, Klaus Koenig Orchester, Musikfabrik NRW, Tony Oxley Celebration Orchestra, Bentje Braam, BikBentBraam, All Ears, Zeitkratzer, WDR Big band, etc.). Since 1990 he has been giving solo performances throughout Europe, Canada and USA. With his first solo program, he was a 1991 prizewinner in the Musik Kreativ contest. The release of the solo CD "Artikulationen" followed the same year and a new one "Artikulationen II" in 2002.

Since 1992 he has been working in a duo with the pianist Georg Graewe (CD "VicissEtudes"). The duo is often extended through the participation of different additional musicians, such as drummer Paul Lovens (CD "Quicksand") and bassist John Lindberg (CD "Arrears").

In 1995 he founded the "Frank Gratkowski Trio" with Dieter Manderscheid (Germany), bass, and Gerry Hemingway (USA), drums, (CDs "Gestalten" and "The Flume Factor" ). In 2000 the trio has been extended to a quartet by Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos (CDs "Kollaps", "Spectral Reflections", "Facio" and "Le Vent et la Gorge"). Since 2003 also appearing as a Double Quartet plus Tobias Delius, Herb Robertson, Wilbert DeJoode and Michael Vatcher. In 2005 he got the SWR Jazzprize.

In 1999 the duo with the Italian trombonist Sebastiano Tramontana has been formed and since 2001 Frank Gratkowski has been performing with a trio including Wilbert De Jode (NL) on bass and Achim Kaufmann (D) on piano (CDs "Kwast" and "Unearth"). Since 2006 he's working with the Trio Gratkowski / Brown / Winant (CDs "Wake" and "Vermilion Traces/Donaueschingen 2009"). He is also a co-leader / composer of the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra and got a commission to compose for the ensemble Apartment House by "November Music " (Den Bosch NL) and the "Huddersfield Comtemporary Music Fesitival" (England) in 2009. Further actual projects are Fo[u]r Alto, a saxophone ensemble dedicated to microtonal music and "Artikulationen E" a solo program for saxophone with 8 channel live electronic.

Frank Gratkowski played on nearly every German and on numerous international Jazz and contemporary music Festivals including Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Quebec, Les Mans, Muelhuus, Groeningen, Nickelsdorf, Barcelona, Lithuania, Warsaw, Zagreb, Prague, Bratislava, Sofia, Bucharest, Odessa and Roma, Huddersfield, London.

He has been teaching saxophone and ensembles at the Cologne, Berlin and Arnhem Conservatory of Music and is giving workshops all around the world.

Furthermore he has performed with Robert Dick, Phil Wachsmann, Radu Malfatti, Herb Robertson, Marcio Mattos, Eugenio Colombo, Peter Kowald, Ray Anderson, Michael Moore, Ken Vandermark, Greg Osby, Kenny Wheeler, Louis Sclavis, John Betsch, Jane Ira Bloom, Connie and Hannes Bauer, Xu Fengxia, James Newton, Muhal Richard Abrams, John Lindberg, Michael Formaneck, Ernst Reijseger, Fred van Hove, Theo Jörgensmann, Phil Minton, Peter Brötzmann, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Hamid Drake, Michiel Braam, Han Bennink, Mal Waldron, Misha Mengelberg a.m.o."

-Frank Gratkowski Website (http://gratkowski.com/biography/)
5/25/2017

"Highlights of Rova founding member Jon Raskin's early career include his '70s participation in new music ensembles directed by John Adams (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Dr. Barney Childs (University of Redlands). Before Rova, Raskin served as music director of the Tumbleweed Dance Company (1974-77), was a founding member of the Blue Dolphin Alternative Music Space and participated in the creation of the Farm- an art project that included a city farm, a community garden, Ecology Center, Dance and Theater companies and organized the creation of a city park. Highlights as a member of Rova include composing a collaborative work for SF Taiko Dojo/Rova, working with Howard Martin on the installation work Occupancy, composing music for Mr. Bungle/ Rova, organizing the 30 year Anniversary Concert of John Coltrane's Ascension, performing the music of Miles Davis at the Fillmore with Yo Miles!, the Glass Head project with Inkboat and the ongoing Electric Ascension project.

Raskin has received numerous grants and commissions to work on a variety of creative projects: NEA composer grant for Poison Hotel, a theater production by Soon 3 (1988); Reader's Digest/Meet the Composer (1992 & 2000); Berkeley Symphony commission (1995) and Headland Center for the Arts Residency 2009.

Besides over 30 recordings with Rova, Raskin's recording experience include Anthony Braxton, Eight (+3) Tristano Compositions 1989 For Warne Marsh (1989) and The Bass & the Bird Pond with Tim Berne (1996), Wavelength Infinity- A Sun Ra Tribute, Between Spaces with Phillip Gelb, Dana Reason & Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley's In C 25th Anniversary, and solo work on the Art Ship Series. His current CDs include Let's go Juke Box Suite (Not Two) with the Rova Saxophone Quartet , JR Quartet (Rastascan) with Liz Allbee, George Cremaschi and Gino Robair, Music + One (Rastascan) an improvisation compendium for improvisers to play along with and Kaolithic Music, Jaw Harp Music recorded in a 587 Gallon Vase (Evander Music) He is working on several new recordings, one with a JR Quartet for release in 2009, a Rova project of graphic scores composed by Steve Adams and Jon Raskin, a compilation from the 2 + 2 series that Phillip Greenlief and Jon Raskin presented at the 21 Grand Performance Gallery in Oakland and a poetry and music project with Carla Harryman called Open Box.

Other groups are The Jon Raskin Quartet featuring Liz Albee on trumpet John Shiurba on bass and Gino Robair, a duo with Kanoko Nishi on Koto and a trio with Matthew Goodheart and Vladimir Tarasov."

-Rova:Arts (http://www.rova.org/about-us/jon-raskin.html)
5/25/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Rova / Bruckmann & Kaiser
Saxophone Special
(Clean Feed)
Rova
Ptow!!
(Les Disques Victo)
Zeitkratzer
Performs Songs From The Albums "Kraftwerk" And "Kraftwerk 2"
(Zeitkratzer)
Zeitkratzer
Performs Songs From The Albums "Kraftwerk" And "Kraftwerk 2" [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(KARLRECORDS)
Gratkowski, Frank / Sebi Tramontana
Live At Spanski Borci
(Leo)
Gratkowski / Brown / Winant
Wake
(Red Toucan)
Fields, Scott Multiple Joyce Orchestra
Moersbow Ozzo
(Clean Feed)
Rova::Orkestrova
No Favorites! (for Lawrence "Butch" Morris)
(New World Records)
Zeitkratzer
Grand Orchestra
(Tochnit Aleph)
Gratkowski Quartet, Frank
Spectral Reflections
(Leo)
Zeitkratzer
Grand Orchestra
(Tochnit Aleph)
Bik Bent Braam
Extremen
(BBB)
Zeitkratzer / Keiji Haino
Stockhausen: Aus Den Sieben Tagen
(Zeitkratzer)
Kaufmann, Achim / Frank Gratkowski /Wilbert de Joode
Oblengths
(Leo)
Rova Channeling Coltrane
Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
(RogueArt)
Skein (Gratkowski / Kaufmann / de Joode / Lee / Barrett / Buck)
Skein
(Leo)
Zeitkratzer / Keiji Haino
Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino
(Zeitkratzer)
Dijkstra, Jorrit
Music for Reeds and Electronics: Oakland
(Driff Records)
Schubert, Matthias
9 Compositions for The Multiple Joy[ce] Ensemble
(Red Toucan)
Niggenkemper, Pascal Vision 7
Lucky Prime
(Clean Feed)
Gratkowski, Frank / Damon Smith / Jerome Bryerton
The Voice Imitator
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Various Artists
Amalgam(e): 10 Years of Red Toucan [2 CDs]
(Red Toucan)
Gratkowski / Van Hove / Oxley
GratHovOx
(Nuscope)
Gratkowski, Frank
Fo(u)r Alto; 4 Compositions
(Leo)
Braxton, Anthony
Eight (+1) Tristano Compositions 1989 for Warne Marsh
(Hatology)
Fields, Scott Multiple Joyce Orchestra
Moersbow Ozzo
(Clean Feed)
DuH (Gratkowski / Mezei / Markos / Blume)
in just
(Red Toucan)
Gratkowski / Brown / Winant
Wake
(Red Toucan)
Bik Bent Braam
Extremen
(BBB)
Ochs, Larry / Rova Special Sextet / OrkestRova
The Mirror World (for Stan Brakhage)
(Metalanguage)
Gratkowski / Nabatov / Robertson / Manderscheid
Celebrations
(Leo)
Hubsch's Primordial Soup, Carl Ludwig
Primordial Soup
(Red Toucan)
Bik Bent Braam
Growing Pains
(BBB)
Kaufmann / Gratkowski / de Joode
Unearth
(Nuscope)
Rova
Bingo
(Les Disques Victo)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Rova / Bruckmann & Kaiser
Saxophone Special
(Clean Feed)
Rova
Ptow!!
(Les Disques Victo)
Zeitkratzer
Performs Songs From The Albums "Kraftwerk" And "Kraftwerk 2" [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(KARLRECORDS)
Gratkowski / Brown / Winant
Wake
(Red Toucan)
Fields, Scott Multiple Joyce Orchestra
Moersbow Ozzo
(Clean Feed)
Zeitkratzer
Grand Orchestra
(Tochnit Aleph)
Gratkowski Quartet, Frank
Spectral Reflections
(Leo)
Zeitkratzer
Grand Orchestra
(Tochnit Aleph)
Bik Bent Braam
Extremen
(BBB)
Zeitkratzer / Keiji Haino
Stockhausen: Aus Den Sieben Tagen
(Zeitkratzer)
Kaufmann, Achim / Frank Gratkowski /Wilbert de Joode
Oblengths
(Leo)
Rova Channeling Coltrane
Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
(RogueArt)
Skein (Gratkowski / Kaufmann / de Joode / Lee / Barrett / Buck)
Skein
(Leo)
Zeitkratzer / Keiji Haino
Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino
(Zeitkratzer)
Dijkstra, Jorrit
Music for Reeds and Electronics: Oakland
(Driff Records)
Various Artists
Amalgam(e): 10 Years of Red Toucan [2 CDs]
(Red Toucan)
Braxton, Anthony
Eight (+1) Tristano Compositions 1989 for Warne Marsh
(Hatology)
Fields, Scott Multiple Joyce Orchestra
Moersbow Ozzo
(Clean Feed)
DuH (Gratkowski / Mezei / Markos / Blume)
in just
(Red Toucan)
Bik Bent Braam
Extremen
(BBB)
Ochs, Larry / Rova Special Sextet / OrkestRova
The Mirror World (for Stan Brakhage)
(Metalanguage)
Bik Bent Braam
Growing Pains
(BBB)
Kaufmann / Gratkowski / de Joode
Unearth
(Nuscope)
Rova
Bingo
(Les Disques Victo)
Other Recommended Releases:
Zeitkratzer
Performs Songs From The Albums "Kraftwerk" And "Kraftwerk 2"
(Zeitkratzer)
Gratkowski, Frank / Sebi Tramontana
Live At Spanski Borci
(Leo)

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