In 1979 Joe McPhee, working with CJR produced Craig Johnson, recorded this set of overdubbed recordings of himself performing on saxes, trumpet and flugelhorn over original compositions showcasing solo, duo, trio and quartet contexts, an album of virtual McPhee ensembles!
Alone Together: The Solo Ensemble Recordings 1974 & 1979
Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Released in: USA
"In his upstate NY secret laboratory, home-based in Poughkeepsie, Joe McPhee diligently documented his activities throughout the '70s, with the help of Craig Johnson, the producer who started CjR as an outlet for McPhee's music. Among the unreleased tapes waxed in that span, Alone Together is unique and especially beautiful.
Like Sound on Sound (released by Corbett vs. Dempsey in 2010), these recordings make use of multitrack recording, overdubbing McPhee upon McPhee, however where those earlier recordings had an experimental tendency, the Alone Together tracks were more compositional in nature, allowing the multi-instrumentalist to build and sculpt each piece, creating complete wind ensembles one track at a time.
In 1974 and then again in a longer session in 1979, McPhee recorded in concise solo, duo, and trio contexts, and in more extensive brass and reed quartets - all McPhee, all the time. Going head-to-head with the best of the saxophone foursomes of the era, McPhee is a one-man-WSQ, his probing investigations and lyrical statements as incisive and insightful as those of his best-known recordings.
McPhee's own enthusiasm for these never-before-heard recordings betrays their significance in his large and ever-mounting discography. Corbett vs. Dempsey is honored, after so long, to finally make them available."-Corbett vs. Dempsey
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Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
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Recorded in West Park, New York, in 1974 and 1979 by Craig Johnson.
Joe McPhee-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flugelhorn, trumpet, alto horn
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1. Theme 1:50
2. Soprano/Alto/Tenor Trio 7:06
3. Tenor/Alto Duo 5:22
4. Flugelhorn/Alto Duo 5:04
5. Trumpet/Tenor Duo 1:00
6. Alto Saxphone Quartet 5:17
7. Brass Reed Quartet 7:10
8. Reed Quartet 7:34
9. Brass Reed Quartet II 5:49
10. Alto Horn Quartet 10:03
11. Theme 1:17