The duo of Henry Kaiser and bassist Damon Smith perform 8 free improvisation with titles from the book "Company Week" by Peter Riley, a commentary on Derek Bailey's 1997 collective, Kaiser using a 1998 Monteleone Radio Flyer 7 string guitar at the request of Smith.
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Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Catalog ID: BPALTD 505
Squidco Product Code: 20300
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve
Recorded at (h)Humid Studios on November 16th, 2013 by Ryan Edwards.
Henry Kaiser-acoustic guitar
Damon Smith-double bass
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1. Unlocateable Questions 3:25
2. "Departure" (Into The Air) 14:00
3. Grounding, HIgh Speed Slider 4:19
4. Skimming Into Milk 8:26
5. A Garden, Then Not A Garden 3:41
6. Annoyance Is The Joke That Drives The Music 7:58
7. Singular, Isolated, Sufficient 2:53
8. Recognition Of The Other 10:40
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West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
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"My third or fourth improv concert was with Henry. We started playing a ton after that and slowly started developing this acoustic duo music. It must have started settling in around 1998 because I remember it being strongly connected to this 7 string guitar. When planning his first trip to Houston to play I asked him very nicely if he could please bring that guitar. He did, and we made this album in an intense studio session that should yield two more strong releases in the future.
It has been incredible to be able to work closely with Henry for the last 20 years. This is the duo album I always wanted to make with Him."-Damon Smith, Balance Point Acoustic
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"Damon Smith studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon's explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson's Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra's Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and five great years in Houston, Texas working regularly with Alvin Fielder, Sandy Ewen, David Dove & Chris Cogburn, Damon will move to the Boston area in the fall of 2016. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians."-Balance Point Acoustic Website (https://www.balancepointacoustics.com/damon-smith/)
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