The second take of Boston area drummer Luther Grays' project Lawnmower with Jim Hobbs on sax, Kaethe Hostetter on violin and Winston Braman on electric bass, excellent jazz with unique instrumentation and a diversity of approaches.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 298
Squidco Product Code: 18861
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on September 17th, 2012 by Joe Stewart at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, MA .
Jim Hobbs-alto saxophone
Winston Braman-electric bass
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2. Jumping Off The Bridge 5:56
3. Space Goat 12:18
4. Cartoon 2:03
5. Walk In The Park 6:26
6. Tiny Wings 8:46
7. Ashed All 7:40
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"Here is the second, and very much awaited, take of Luther Grays' project Lawnmower. With a change of direction inside the same jazz-blues-folk-rock configuration, now the quartet includes violin (Kaethe Hostetter) and electric bass (Winston Braman) instead of two guitars.
The saxophonist is Jim Hobbs again - without him, you wouldn't have the distinct Lawnmower sound. The avant side of the group is still directing all the developments, profiting from Gray's and Hobbs' parallel or past works with luminaries like Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Sabir Mateen, Jenny Toomey and Tsunami (the first), Bill Lowe, Jon Voight, Laurence Cook, Curtis Hasselbring (the second), Taylor Ho Bynum, Timo Shanko and Joe Morris (both).
The two new additions open this perspective in multiple ways. Coming from the Debo Band and the Zena Bel Band, with experiences in classical music (Boston Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic), structured improvisation (with Fred Frith, for instance) and traditional African music (a permanence in Ethiopia changed her life), Hostetter adds color and multi-directionality to the Lawnmower agenda. Active in the alternative rock field, as a member of the bands Consonant, Fuzzy and Shepherdess, Braman does it also, contributing to the formulation of a deep rooted and sophisticated pop/jazz in which equation the pop part isn't synonym of silliness. Check out how fresh, and surprising, and seductive, are the results."-Clean Feed
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"Jim Hobbs was born and raised in north-eastern Indiana at the convergence of three rivers. He is a recipient of the Doris Duke New Works Grant for composition from Chamber Music America. After a childhood of chewing hay and catching salamanders he began playing the saxophone. He received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he majored in composition. It was there that he met bassist Timo Shanko and started the Fully Celebrated Orchestra (FCO), which has released 10+ recordings on various labels including Silkheart, Skycap and Innova. FCO is also the subject of a children's book. He has performed and recorded with Joe Morris, Luther Gray, Taylor Ho Bynum, Bill Lowe, The Jazz Composers Alliance, Forbes Graham, The Prodigal Suns, Mackie Burnett, Fred Hopkins, Laurence Cook, Jon Voight, Junko Simons, Nightstick, The Death's Head Quartet, Josh Roseman, Curtis Hasselbring, The Lunch Factor, Laura Andel, Brother Blue and many others."-All About Jazz (https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/jimhobbs)
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