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In 2000, saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and curator John Corbett organized a 16-piece free music big-band featuring key members of the Chicago and Swedish scenes, recording these two impressive, ecstatic, and explosive works.

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Vandermark / Gregorio / Bishop / Morris / &c: Pipeline (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey    
Released in: USA    

"In 2000, saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and curator John Corbett organized a 16-piece free music big-band, featuring key members of the Chicago and Swedish scenes. The ensemble debuted in Chicago, playing and recording two compositions that had been commissioned, "Codeine Picasso" by Ken Vandermark, and "In This Very Room" by Fredrik Ljungkvist.

Soon thereafter, the musicians convened in Sweden for a tour of the country that ended at the legendary Stockholm club Fasching. Gustafsson had intended for the music to be issued on his label Crazy Wisdom, which existed for a short, beautiful moment as an imprint of Swedish Universal. Indeed, the recording of Pipeline was mixed and mastered, but the label pulled the plug on Crazy Wisdom just before the release, and it sat dormant for more than a decade.

Listening to it again, the music has all the power and originality it did when it was recorded, at the crest of a wave in Chicagoan creative music history. A panoramic group, Pipeline included the Konitz-inflected sax and clarinet of Guillermo Gregorio, the spiky guitar of David Stackenäs, the percussion thicket of Michael Zerang, Raymond Strid and Kjell Nordeson, and Jim Baker's unearthly ARP synthesizer sounds, all mixed into an ecstatic, explosive Scanda-Chicagoan spread - a veritable smörgåsm."-Corbett vs. Dempsey

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Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsD CD010
Squidco Product Code: 18180

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded by John McCortney at Airwave Studios, Chicago between September 2nd and 6th, 2000.


Ken Vandermark-clarinet, tenor saxophone

Fredrik Ljungkvist-clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Guillermo Gregorio-clarinet, alto saxophone

Jeb Bishop-trombone

Per-Äke Holmlander, tuba

Joe Morris-guitar

David Stackenäs-guitar

Sten Sandell-piano

Jim Baker-ARP synthesizer, piano

Fred Lonberg-Holm-cello

Kent Kessler-bass

Johan Berthling-bass

Michael Zerang-drums, percussion

Raymond Strid-drums, percussion

Kjell Nordeson-drums, vibes, percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Codeine Picasso 33:53

2. In This Very Room 29:50

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