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Wright, Jack

As Is: Solos From Beirut & Barcelona

Wright, Jack: As Is: Solos From Beirut & Barcelona (Spring Garden Music)

Free improvising saxophone legend Jack Wright performing solo in April 2006 at the Irtijal Festival in Beirut and at performance space Saladestar in Barcelona a week later, showing his command over the instrument and distinctive approach as an improviser.

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product information:

Label: Spring Garden Music
Catalog ID: SGM-016
Squidco Product Code: 18886

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: CD-R in plastic sleeve
Recorded in April 2006 at the Irtijal Festival in Beirut and at a performance space in Barcelona.


Jack Wright-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone

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track listing:

1. Untitled 17:44

2. Untitled 19:39

3. Untitled 14:38
Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
Solo Artist Recordings
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"Its three live tracks, two on soprano and one on alto, are uncompromising solo sax improv. If an improviser is producing tones at all on saxophone, it's hard to avoid a jazz element, and while the alto track starts out with noise, there's a moment when Wight is almost "soloing" on "Three Little Words". Raw, visceral, urgent, his music demands to be heard."-Andy Hamilton in The Wire, Dec. 2006.

"We get the frail nudity of silence, which the artist attempts to bring on his side with selected spurts of conscious jaywalking, far from the deliria of speechifiers who think of reed instruments as a pretext for morphing their squawks into a low-budget flux of consciousness. Wright's tone is often joyful, never mistrustful, always pure expression of gut placidity; there's not a single moment in which anguish or rage come to the fore. The music does not lend itself to interpretation: it's a non-floundering soul movement, a soliloquy in front of a broken mirror reflecting numberless forms of respect for the instrument and, at large, for the audience, which receives an authentic voice, warts and all. Jack Wright's aerials are oriented eastwards, waiting for more signals from parallel galaxies to convert into wayside reflections that have the same depth of a silent prayer."-Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

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