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Compositionally-based collective improvisations recorded in the studio in Switzerland from the duo of Ned Rothenberg performing on clarinet, bass clarinte, alto saxophone, and shakuhachi, and Peter A. Schimid on tubax, taragot, bassclarinet, contrabass clarinet.

Schmid, Peter A. / Ned Rothenberg
En Passant

Schmid, Peter A. / Ned Rothenberg: En Passant (Creative Works Records)
Label: Creative Works Records    
Released in: Switzerland    

"Most remarkable about these compositionally-based collective improvisations is the high degree to which these players understand one another. Often it is nearly impossible to tell where the composition ends and the improvisation begins, as the two are so seamlessly meshed, the playing so imaginatively taut.

On "SchRotZ #3," the three begin billowing their horns slowly, inching forward from their undersea hideaway before bubbling their horns into a cyclical and beautiful abstract dance. Considering the heavily abstracted approach to these compositions, the group never loses its sense of rhythm, at times swinging like Rahsaan Roland Kirk might have, had he gotten lost on some remote, uninhabited jungle island.

It is this percussive element that is this music's most remarkable trait. How easy it is to forget that there are no percussive instruments represented, when the instruments are hitting staccato notes one after the other, each in their own pocket of the musical space. Thetrio's clever maneuver around its self-induced limitations-at times churning and bubbling like the clouds of a summer storm, at others droning and slowly fluctuating as the thunder rolls into the distance-creates a dynamic album filled with a pure spirit of collective improvisation tough to rival.

When the slow drones of "ShakuhaZiSch" creep in, they hold all of the menace of crocodile's eyes peering over the water. Building from this, the trio hastens the pace, with Schmid's low end clarinet drones gaining steam, without ever relieving the listener of the initial feelings of the piece. Such is the gift of these talented musicians-always listening to each other and propelling forward, one after the other, further into the unknown."-Henry Smith, All About Jazz

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Product Information:

UPC: 7640111135234

Label: Creative Works Records
Catalog ID: CW 1042
Squidco Product Code: 18806

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded April 1st, 2003 at Hardstudio, Winterthur, Switzerland by Moritz Wettner.


Ned Rothenberg-clarinet, bass clarinte, alto saxophone, shakuhachi

Peter A. Schimid-tubax, taragot, bassclarinet, contrabass clarinet

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Track Listing:

1. SchRoth #1 3:38

2. SchRoth #2 11:12

3. SchRoth #3 4:16

4. SchRoth #4 3:02

5. SchRoth #5 6:35

6. SchRoth #6 2:24

7. SchRoth #7 3:49

8. SchRoth #8 2:06

9. SchRoth #9 7:28

10. SchRoth #10 2:03

11. SchRoth #11 2:11

12. SchRoth #12 3:46