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Wright / Falesch: I'd Rather Be A Sparrow (Spring Garden Music)

Electronics artist Bob Falesch in a duo with saxophonist Jack Wright, both using idiosyncratic approaches to their instruments for unexpected and often startling results, a unique album of unusual electroacoustic improvisation.

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Label: Spring Garden Music
Catalog ID: SGM-020
Squidco Product Code: 18856

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: CD-R in plastic sleeve
Recorded on August 12th, 2012 by Bob Falesch.


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Artist Biographies:

"Jack Wright was born Pittsburgh PA in 1942 and grew up around Philadelphia and Chicago. He began playing saxophone in 1952, with private instruction; also singing in groups large and small through 1964, including a blue grass trio (playing washtub bass), which recorded an album, "Undertaking Bluegrass." After this he ceased playing music. He attended Lafayette College in Easton PA, where he studied European history and literature and graduated 1964; Johns Hopkins University, MA in European history, 1972; taught history at CCNY in NY and then Temple U. 1967-72, after which he left the academic world. In this latter period he was involved in left politics, organizing mainly on a community level, and began to become involved with music again.

Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 72 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. And he continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king"."

-Jack Wright Website (

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track listing:

1. Puckfisted Coxcomb 0:45

2. Bonny Bony Doublebed Cony 9:34

3. Kerry Twingle-twangler 9:44

4. Clapdash And Foreshop 6:46

5. Salady Salmafundi 9:52

6. Lust-beleperd And Unwell 16:54

7. Nibbled Up Lettuce 6:30

8. I'd Rather Be A Sparrow 11:11
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Falesch creates electronic flashes, something out of a sci-fi (sometimes horror) junkyard for Wright to react to. The pair neither smothers each other nor does it require crescendos. Wright's saxophone slays each and every electronic dragon conjured by Falesch."-All about jazz.

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Electronic Forms
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
Duo Recordings
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