NY based pianist Angelica Sanchez in a stunning and intimate duo with legendary free improv trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, an album of superb conversation that flows naturally from their work together in Leo Smith's projects Golden Quartet and Organic.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 287
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Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on April 7th, 2013 at Systems Two Studios in Brooklyn, NY by Joe Marciano.
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"A duo is the most intimate of encounters in jazz - such a tête-à-tête demands rare communication, forcing each player to open up, unable to rely on group interplay. The duo of pianist Angelica Sanchez & trumpet great Wadada Leo Smith is a special relationship, new yet not new. Sanchez has been part of two Smith-led projects, the Golden Quartet and Organic, and their duo relationship arose naturally out of their past encounters. Following several all-improvised concerts together, Sanchez and Smith have created their first album together with Twine Forest, the ravishing result of improvisational communion in the studio. Smith's tone is like silver - glinting off Sanchez's chords and lines, glowing in resonance with the strings of the piano. TheLos Angeles Times has said that Smith - who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize last year - "not only recalls Miles at Davis at his most uncompromising but also builds upon his legacy to the point where such comparisons lose meaning." And The New York Timeshas said: "In her piano playing and compositions, Angelica Sanchez seeks out the lyrical heartbeat within any avant-garde storm," while All About Jazz has called her "a perceptive composer and cunning improviser."
About her partnership with Smith, Sanchez says: "You can really get to know another musician playing in a duo - and it has been an amazing experience with Wadada. I get lost in his sound. He's acutely sensitive to the piano, playing to the instrument -into it literally sometimes, so that when I leave the sustain pedal down, we get these wonderful vibrations; but also in a larger, cosmic sense with the way he plays to the idea of the piano and what it can do. We get an expansive sound together. He's also such a master improviser, having developed his own language over the years - this unique voice. When I play with Wadada, he makes me listen differently. He gets deep into the music, and time slows down, so that an hour can feel like five minutes."
Pianist-composer Angelica Sanchez moved from her native Arizona to New York City in 1994, performing since with the likes of not only Wadada Leo Smith but Paul Motian, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, Mario Pavone, Susie Ibarra and Brandon Ross, among many others. Sanchez has released two albums as the leader of an all-star quintet featuring saxophonist Tony Malaby, guitarist Marc Ducret, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey: 2010's Life Between and 2012's Wires & Moss (both on Clean Feed). JazzTimes has said: "Sanchez's provocative writing - full of evocative harmonies and open-ended forms - showcases her flair for counterpoint and marks her as a formidable talent." In 2011, Sanchez released her first solo album, A Little House (Clean Feed). She debuted on record as a leader with Mirror Me(OmniTone, 2003), featuring her at the head of a quartet with Malaby, Rainey and bassist Michael Formanek. Sanchez co-leads an ongoing trio with Malaby and Rainey; having already released the great two-volume, all-improvised Alive in Brooklyn (featuring her on electric Wurlitzer), the trio has a new album in the works with Sanchez on acoustic piano. Among other collaborations, she performs and records with drummer-composer Harris Eisenstadt and saxophonist Ellery Eskelin as the September Trio, having released the Clean Feed albums September Trio andThe Destructive Element. The Philadelphia City Paperhas said that Sanchez "carries an unforced authority; her virtuosity (not too strong a word) is less solid than fluid, a thing of movement and ease."
Trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith, born and raised in Leland, Mississippi, started playing trumpet in R&B bands, encouraged by his stepfather, blues guitarist Alex Wallace. By the mid 1960s, he had gravitated to Chicago's burgeoning avant-garde jazz community where he was part of the first generation of musicians to come out of Chicago's AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Music). Smith formed the Creative Construction Company together with saxophonist Anthony Braxton and violinist Leroy Jenkins. Since the early '70s, Smith has performed and recorded mainly with his own groups. He currently leads four principal ensembles: Mbira, a trio with pipa player Min Xiao-Fen and drummer Pheeroan akLaff; the Golden Quartet, his highly celebrated group that now includes Anthony Davis, John Lindberg and Pheeroan akLaff; Organic, a larger ensemble consisting primarily of electric string instruments; and the Silver Orchestra, which explores Smith's music for large ensemble. From solo trumpet to orchestral ensembles, he has released nearly 50 albums via such labels ECM, Moers, Black Saint, Tzadik, Pi Recordings, TUM, Leo, Intakt and Cuneiform. The latter label released his spiritually charged four-CD set Ten Freedom Summersin 2012. Pop Matters called it "an emotional and intellectual luxury, a chance to commune with greatness... the work of a lifetime by one of jazz's true visionaries," while theOxford American called it "stirringly beautiful, an outstanding aesthetic achievement." In 2012, the TUM label releasedAncestors, Smith's duo album with South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo; in 2013, TUM released Occupy the World, Smith's double-disc project leading the Finnish TUMO orchestra. Smith has also collaborated closely on record with the likes of Braxton (Organic Resonance), drummer Ed Blackwell (The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer) and guitarist Henry Kaiser (the Yo Miles! series of albums exploring the legacy of electric Miles Davis). An esteemed educator and music theorist, Smith has been on faculty since 1993 at the California Institute of the Arts, where he is director of the African-American Improvisational Music Program."-Clean Feed
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"Pianist/Composer/Educator Angelica Sanchez moved to New York from Arizona in 1994. Since moving to the East Coast Sanchez has played with such players as: Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, Richard Davis, Chad Taylor, Chris Lightcap, Rob Mazurek, Vincent Chancey, Susie Ibarra, Tim Berne, Mario Pavone, Mark Dresser, Ben Monder and many more. Sanchez leads many groups including her own quintet featuring Marc Ducret, Tony Malaby, Drew Gress, and Tom Rainey. Her music has been recognized in international publications like, " Jazz Times Magazine", The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and many more. She was also the 2008 recipient of the French/American Chamber Music America grant and the 2011 Rockefellers Brothers Pocantico artist residency. Her CD "Life Between" was chosen as one of years best recording 2009 in "The New York City Jazz Record (formerly AllAboutJazz-New York)." Her debut solo CD "A Little House" was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition in May 2011. Her latest CD "Wires & Moss" featuring her Quintet was chosen as one of best Releases of 2012 in "The New York City Jazz Record (formerly AllAboutJazz-New York)." Her Duo CD "Twine Forest" with Wadada Leo Smith received Honorable Mention as a best release in 2013 in "The New York City Jazz Record." Angelica has a Master's in Arranging from William Paterson University."-Angelica Sanchez Website (http://www.angelicasanchez.com/biopress.html)
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"Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith: trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. His systemic music language Ankhrasmation is significant in his development as an artist and educator.
Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith's early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became involved with the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his stepfather Alex Wallace, the U.S. Military band program (1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and Wesleyan University (1975-76). Mr. Smith has studied a variety of music cultures: African, Japanese, Indonesian, European and American.
He has taught at the University of New Haven (1975-'76), the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY (1975-'78), and Bard College (1987-'93). He is currently a faculty member at The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts. He is the director of the African-American Improvisational Music program, and is a member of ASCAP, Chamber Music America, and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
Mr. Smith's awards and commissions include: MAP Fund Award for "Ten Freedom Summers" (2011), Chamber Music America New Works Grant (2010), NEA Recording Grant (2010), Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009-2010), Other Minds residency and "Taif", a string quartet commission (2008), Fellow of the Jurassic Foundation (2008), FONT(Festival of New Trumpet) Award of Recognition (2008), Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Award (2005), Islamic World Arts Initiative of Arts International (2004), Fellow of the Civitela Foundation (2003), Fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2001), "Third Culture Copenhagen" in Denmark-presented a paper on Ankhrasmation (1996), Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Commissioning Program (1996), Asian Cultural Council Grantee to Japan (June-August 1993), Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Commissioning Program (1990), New York Foundation on the Arts Fellowship in Music (1990), Numerous Meet the Composer Grants (since 1977), and National Endowment for the Arts Music Grants (1972, 1974, 1981).
Mr. Smith's music philosophy Notes (8 Pieces) Source a New. World Music: Creative Music has been published by Kiom Press (1973), translated and published in Japan by Zen-On Music Company Ltd. (1976). In 1981 Notes was translated into Italian and published by Nistri-Litschi Editori.
He was invited to a conference of artists, scientists and philosophers "Third Culture Copenhagen" in Denmark 1996, and presented a paper on his Ankhrasmation music theory and notational system for creative musicians. His interview was recorded for Denmark T.V., broadcasted September 1996.
Some of the artists Mr. Smith has performed with are : Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Richard Teitelbaum, Joseph Jarman, George Lewis, Cecil Taylor, Andrew Cyrill, Oliver Lake, Anthony Davis, Carla Bley, David Murray, Don Cherry, Jeanne Lee, Milton Campbell, Henry Brant, Richard Davis, Tadao Sawai, Ed Blackwell, Sabu Toyozumi, Peter Kowald, Kazuko Shiraishi, Han Bennink, Misja Mengelberg, Marion Brown, Kazutoki Umezu, Kosei Yamamoto, Charlie Haden, Kang Tae Hwan, Kim Dae Hwan, Tom Buckner, Malachi Favors Magoustous and Jack Dejohnette among many others.
Mr. Smith currently has three ensembles: Golden Quartet, Silver Orchestra, and Organic. His compositions have also been performed by other contemporary music ensembles: AACM-Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Player, New Century Players, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Contemporary Chamber Players (University of Chicago), S.E.M. Ensemble, Southwest Chamber Music, Del Sol String Quartet, New York New Music Ensemble, ne(x)tworks, and California E.A.R. Unit.
Mr. Smith's music for multi-ensembles has been performed since 1969. "Tabligh" for double-ensemble was performed by Golden Quartet and Classical Persian ensemble at Merkin Concert Hall (2006) and by Golden Quartet and Suleyman Erguner's Classical Turkish ensemble at Akbank Music Festival in Istanbul (2007). His largest work "Odwira" for 12 multi-ensembles (52 instrumentalists) was performed at California Institute of the Arts (March 1995). His Noh piece "Heart Reflections" was performed in Merkin Concert Hall, NY (November 1996)."-Wadada Leo Smith Website (http://www.wadadaleosmith.com/pages/bio.html)
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