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The debut album as a leader from NY saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos, providing all compositions for his trio with Max Johns on bass and Kevin Shea on drums & percussion, presenting sinewy and wonderfully convoluted free jazz with unexpected twists and techniques.

Pitsiokos, Chris Trio (Pitsiokos / Max Johnson / Shea)
Gordian Twine

Pitsiokos, Chris Trio (Pitsiokos / Max Johnson / Shea): Gordian Twine (New Atlantis)

Label: New Atlantis    
Released in: USA    

"Chris Pitsiokos' debut album as a leader spans the gamut of his compositional output, employing through-composed material, tunes, charts, open forms, and new ways of composition and interaction he has developed over the past three years. Joined by two of New York's most exciting creative musicians--Kevin Shea and Max Johnson--Pitsiokos has composed intensely personal material catered to the individual voices of the musicians involved.

Sonically, the material ranges from the demonic velocities of 'Atropos' to the melodic simplicity of 'Lachesis,' the tidal wave force of 'Prologue' and 'Epilogue,' the wit and athleticism of 'Clotho,' and the abstract pointillism of 'Lethe' and 'Dissolution.'

Chris Pitsiokos is one of New York's most daring and versatile creative musicians. This far-reaching album is only a small slice of the range of his creative output: his project with Philip White combines Merzbow-esque noise with saxophone technique that pushes the instrument beyond recognition; Weasel Walter and Chris have a long standing duo (two records to date) that combines elements of New Complexity into their freely improvised forms; and a new project with Lydia Lunch occupies the space between noise music and spoken word, yet has the immediacy and impact of rock.

Chris is still taking the first steps in what will be an exciting career, and the impact of this first album of his composed work is sure to be felt deeply within the new music community in the US and abroad. Recorded live at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, Gordian Twine is uncut, raw, and not for the faint of heart. The sweat pouring down the faces of the musicians can be felt in this artifact, and the vitality, chemistry, and brutality of the performance is reminiscent of '70s loft jazz, while the content is far from being derivative."-New Atlantis

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Product Information:

UPC: 616892256045

Label: New Atlantis
Catalog ID: NA-CD-023
Squidco Product Code: 20973

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at WKCR FM in Brooklyn, New York, on October 2nd, 2014 by Gabe Ibagon.


Chris Pitsiokos-alto saxophone

Max Johnson-bass

Kevin Shea-drums, percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Prologue 7:53

2. Lethe 1:45

3. Clotho 5:57

4. Lachesis 3:08

5. Atropos 5:17

6. Dissolution 0:51

7. Epilogue 5:55