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The 2nd Aggregat album expands the first release's trio of Elliott Sharp (just on reeds this time), Brad Jones (bass) and Ches Smith (drums) into a quintet with Nate Wooley (trumpet) and Terry L. Green (trombone) for an amazing set of free jazz compositions.

Sharp, Elliott Aggregat

Sharp, Elliott Aggregat: Quintet (Clean Feed)
Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"The first Aggregat edition was a rather conventional trio with a hard bop matrix, something very unusual when the leader is someone like Elliott Sharp. Yes, the guitarist who, in Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk!, brought back Thelonious Monk's jazz to the avant-garde, but is generally committed to a syncretic mix of urban idioms going from blues and rock to contemporary writing and experimental procedures. In that first recording, titled as the name of the present band, he played mostly saxophones (tenor and soprano) and bass clarinet, only occasionally fingering his first instrument.

Now, the guitar vanished, and Sharp focuses only on the reeds, showing that he's equally competent soloing with those tools and revealing unexpected references in, guess who, Sonny Rollins. And now, the trio extended to a quintet, adding two brasses (played by Nate Wooley and Terry Green) and reinforcing the jazz feel. The novelty doesn't finish here: if the philosophy behind this project goes around the idea of aggregation, a sonic unity in which the collective effect and the individual constituents don't conflict, we find him, surprisingly enough, dealing with lots of space. There's more timbres and combinative possibilities in the wider palette of sounds, but Elliott Sharp choose to open things up and letting the air come inside the music. The man keeps intriguing us, on and on."-Clean Feed

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063002881

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 288
Squidco Product Code: 18217

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recordd at Trout Recording by Bryce Goggin.


Nate Wooley-trumpet

Terry L. Green-trombone

Brad Jones-bass

Ches Smith-drums

Elliott Sharp-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet

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Track Listing:

1. Magnetar 3:01

2. Katabatics 7:56

3. Arc of Venus 4:45

4. Anabatics 4:31

5. Qubits 3:05

6. Blues for Butch 6:33

7. Lacus Temporis 5:43

8. Dissolution 2:02

9. Historical Friction 7:06

10. Laugh Out Loud (for Lol Coxhill) 2:17

11. Cherenkov Light 4:41

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