NY saxophonist Tony Malaby's latest album was recorded with his most consistent collaborators--tubist Dan Peck, cellist Christopher Hoffman, and drummer/percussionist John Hollenbeck--in an album of energetic improv with a unique timbral configuration.
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Label: Clean Feed
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"Throughout his time as an improvising bandleader in New York City, saxophonist Tony Malaby has led a host of groups, amongst them a trio with tuba and drums and another with cello and drums (documented on 2008's Warblepeck). The timbral and textural possibilities of those trios were unmatched and provided ample creative fodder for Malaby's idiosyncratic concept to come forth.
In recent years, Malaby decided to fold both instruments into a quartet and to enlist some of his most consistent collaborators for the project: tubist Dan Peck, cellist Christopher Hoffman, and drummer/percussionist John Hollenbeck. The result is Scorpion Eater, the latest record in Malaby's string of inventive releases on Clean Feed Records.
"This band has a different type of gravity that playing with a bassist simply doesn't have. I just want to be embedded in that and just be in the middle", says the New York based saxophonist, one of the most compelling in creative jazz today. The phrasing and texture on Scorpion Eater are remarkable both because of its flexibility and also on account of its rhythmic looseness, with Malaby's supple saxophone stylings dwelling atop of the energy of his bandmates.
This is music that is enrapturing, compelling, and ultimately pleasureful and rewarding. It has an intoxicating energy that Malaby's presence on the saxophone immediately demands."-Clean Feed
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"Christopher Hoffman is best known as a composer and cellist to an assortment of ensembles, composers, film-makers, songwriters, dancers, improvisers and noizers. He is also a producer, engineer and film composer. Christopher writes for his ensembles Multifariam, The Silver Cord Quintet, Magic Wells and Company of Selves. He currently performs in Henry Threadgill's Zooid (recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize), Dimples & Double-Up Ensemble, Tony Malaby's TubaCello Quartet and Jeremiah Cymerman's Pale Horse"-Christopher Hoffman Website (http://christopherhoffman.com/)
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"John Hollenbeck is a composer of music uncategorizable beyond the fact of being always identifiably his. A conceptualist able to translate the traditions of jazz and new music into a fresh, eclectic, forward-looking language of his own invention, intellectually rewarding yet ever accessibly vibrant. A drummer and percussionist possessed of a playful versatility and a virtuosic wit. Most of all, a musical thinker - whether putting pen to paper or conjuring spontaneous sound - allergic to repetition, forever seeking to surprise himself and his audiences. [...]
Hollenbeck received degrees in percussion and jazz composition from the Eastman School of Music before moving to New York City in the early 1990s. He was profoundly shaped by the mentorship of two hugely influential artists: trombonist/arranger/composer Bob Brookmeyer and composer/choreographer Meredith Monk. His relationship with Brookmeyer reached back to the age of 14, when he attended the SUNY Binghamton Summer Jazz Workshop, and continued at Eastman, through NEA-funded composition study, and finally on the bandstand with Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra and in the studio with Brookmeyer and trumpet great Kenny Wheeler. For Monk, Hollenbeck composed and performed the percussion scores for five of her works: "Magic Frequencies," "Mercy," "The Impermanence Project," "Songs of Ascension" and "On Behalf of Nature."
Hollenbeck's awards and honors include four Grammy nominations; the 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, the 2010 ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship; winning the Jazz Composers Alliance Composition Contest in 1995 and 2002; Meet the Composer's Grants in 1995 and 2001; and a Rising Star Arranger win in the 2012 and 2013 DownBeat Critics' Polls as well as in 2011 for the JHLE as Rising Star Big Band. John was a professor of Jazz Drums and Improvisation at the Jazz Institute Berlin from 2005-2016 and in 2015 joined the faculty of McGill University's Schulich School of Music."-John Hollenbeck Website (http://johnhollenbeck.com/about/biography/)
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Recorded at Systems Two studios, Brooklyn, NY on December 22nd and 23rd, 2013 byJoe Marciano assisted by Max Roth. Mixed by Christopher Hoffman.
Tony Malaby-tenor and soprano saxofones
John Hollenbeck-drums, percussion and prepared piano
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