Two cellos (Fred Lonberg-Holm and Bob Marsh) and two saxophones (Bhob Rainey and Jack Wright) in a spirited improvisation session where no player is either soloist nor counterpoint, but instead are equal members in a unique and unusual dialog.
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Label: Spring Garden Music
Catalog ID: SGM-009
Squidco Product Code: 18887
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at various locations on various dates.
Bhob Rainey-soprano saxophone
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1. Double Once 6:13
2. Double Twice 6:41
3. Double Thrice 9:50
4. Double Force 3:59
5. Double Fist 7:49
6. Double Sexed 7:25
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
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"Double-Double features two saxophones and two cellos. Rainey and Wright are again the reedists, while Fred Lonberg-Holm of Chicago and the Bay area's Bob Marsh of are the string players.
Not only is the instrumentation non-traditional in the extreme, but the hierarchical arrangement of players is also ignored; neither duo is the soloists, neither is the rhythm section. Instead, what's on show is alluded to in the title: the equivalent of a masterful tennis match but with no player out to pulverize any of the others.
More of a blended group effort [...] it doesn't stop the participants from playing individual games of strategy in their heads and working to satisfy their singular musical ideals. More often than not, however, by happenstance or design, the reed reverberations from deep inside the cylindrical bore or lungfulls of multiphonics are often in congruence with the steady string scratches, designated strums or raised bridge explorations of the cellists.
Somehow, as well, the designated soloist often operates on top of united woodwind lines or fused cello runs that produce a continuum upon which he can scrutinize his thoughts and the music. Except for the occasional grating squeak or elongated string slash, even the most hidebound modern jazz fan could probably listen to this CD long enough and finally decide that the quartet has the most natural grouping."-Ken Waxman, Jazzword
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"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 (http://www.springgardenmusic.com/jackbio.html)
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"Bhob Rainey is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. He holds a Masters in Music Composition from New England Conservatory ('97), where he studied with iconoclastic microtonalist Joe Maneri, jazz legends Paul Bley and Ran Blake, and the mathematically gifted composer Pozzi Escot.
In 1998, with trumpeter Greg Kelley, Rainey founded the duo Nmperign, which was highly influential in an emerging phase of non-idiomatic improvisation often referred to as "lowercase" or "EAI" (Electroacoustic Improvisation). In 2000 he founded The BSC, an improvising large ensemble, in which he developed techniques for an improvisational discipline that were eventually outlined in his 2011 publication, Manual. Throughout the late 1990's and early 2000's he performed globally and collaborated with numerous improvisers across generations, including Axel Dörner, Andrea Neumann, Günter Müller, Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, and many others.
By the mid-2000's, while continuing to work in the realm of improvisation, Rainey began to produce electronic and algorithmic works. He spent five years collaborating with German composer Ralf Wehowsky (RLW) on the 2007 release, I don't think I can see you tonight, which, along with Nmperign and Jason Lescalleet's Love Me Two Times (2006), established him as a formidable electronic composer who synthesizes streams of Musique Concréte, computer music, and improvisation.
Throughout his career, Rainey has sought out cross-discipline collaborations, working especially with theater makers and choreographers. Since 2012 he has worked with theater company New Paradise Labs, composing for The Adults, which premiered at the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and O Monsters (2016). He created the soundtrack to Leah Ross's 2013 film, Levitate, which premiered that year at the Rooftop Film Festival in New York City, and he performed live in Jungwoong Kim's and Marion Ramirez's site-specific dance work, Capsized, at the National Asian American Theater Festival in Philadelphia in 2014.
Rainey was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2013, and in 2014 he received a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum to complete a multimedia project with filmmaker Catherine Pancake. He is currently working with New Paradise Laboratories on a musically-driven follow up to O Monsters, with Jungwoong Kim on a multimedia dance installation, and with Leif Elggren and CM Von Hausswolff on the inauguration of the "Kingdom of Elgaland-Vargaland Embassy" in Philadelphia.
To date, Rainey has over 30 releases as a leader or co-leader."-Bhob Rainey Website (https://bhobrainey.com/about)
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