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Nom-Tom (Wright / Genetti / Mueller): Nom-Tom (Spring Garden Music)

Recording the first meeting of vocalist Carol Genetti, amplified snare drummer Jon Mueller, and saxophonist Jack Wright, performing at the Spare Room in Chicago, 2004, for two large, subtle, and rich improvisations in a uniquely voiced dialog.

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Hand-sewn cardstock sleeve, part of the In The Ears Series.

Label: Spring Garden Music
Catalog ID: SGM-014
Squidco Product Code: 18908

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: CDr in individually hand sewn cardstock fold over sleeve
Recorded live at the Spareroom in Chicago, Illinois on September 7th, 2004 by Neil Jendon.


Jack Wright-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

Carol Genetti-voice

Jon Mueller-amplified snare drum

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track listing:

1. Untitled 22:05

2. Untitled 23:36
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"This is a recording of their first meeting as a trio, at a performance at the Spare Room, in Chicago in September 2004, recorded by Neil Jendon. Jack and Carol have been playing together regularly since the late nineties. Jon lives in Milwaukee and is the creator of the Crouton label. This trio toured in Sept. 2005 throughout the midwest and France in 2007. Covers designed and sewn by Carol."-Spring Garden Music

"Genetti is one of the more discreet improvising vocalists: there are no full-blown hysterics and theatrics here, just a patient exploration of tiny twitters, bleats and delicate overtones - imagine a small furry animal Tuvan throat singing - and Wright accordingly spends much of the time with his sax jammed tight against his trouser leg, muffling and filtering the sound. Mueller's the wild card here, deftly avoiding classic improv percussion's nervous clatter and ping to concentrate on in-depth research into his beloved snare drum. The second track is more adventurous, filling the empty spaces of long dead reductionism with a whole range of sustained sonorities; about halfway through it turns into a veritable jungle (Indian, presumably, given the album title's reference to North Indian classical music), with Genetti squawking like a demented parrot and Wright growling menacingly in the undergrowth, while Mueller ticks away like a death watch beetle, leading the others into a nocturnal hooting contest. It's fascinating, superbly paced and impressive work, well worth checking out."-Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic, Nov. 2005

Hand-sewn cardstock sleeve, part of the In The Ears Series.

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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