After working together in various combinations for two years, the trio of Jack Wright on saxophones, Joel Kromer on modular synth, and Edmond Cho on guitar recorded these two large improvisations: demanding and rewarding free improvisation.
Label: Spring Garden Music
Catalog ID: SGM 25
Squidco Product Code: 22515
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Spring Garden Music Annex in Easton, Pennsylvania in May, 2016.
Joel Kromer-modular synth
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1. Wherefore 50:32
2. Therefore 12:16
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"We've been playing together in different combinations over the past two years, often with Jared Balogh; their trio is Pink Hex. This is a Lehigh Valley group, and the recording comes out of a session in Easton."-Spring Garden Music
"Given this setting, I suppose Teitelbaum comparisons go with the territory for synth player Joel Kromer. It's an obvious reference but not entirely fair, as Kromer has his own particular arsenal of sounds at his command. This Is Where You Get Off draws less from dadaism than the Stabinsky recording, veering more in the direction of Italian futurism while retaining the humor and absurdity of both. Recommended to fans of Instant Composers Pool, Captain Beefheart, and the Boredoms. All play and no work make Jack a fun boy.
Cho inserts melodic lines on occasion that are almost protest-like, straining the spike out of the punch. The principles of free math are applied here, but only after a few too many drinks. The long opening track is definitely dinner and drinks at Uncle Jack's; while the post-script of the second and final track, "therefore," sounds like the darker aftermath. The hangover. Jack growls and screams; apocalyptic drones howl. What was once hilarious turns frightening. Timely, I'd say."-Tom Burris, Free Jazz Blog
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"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 (http://www.springgardenmusic.com/jackbio.html)
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"Edmond Cho is a composer, guitarist and electronic musician. He studied composition at Wesleyan University with Alvin Lucier, Neely Bruce and Ron Kuivila in the mid-1990s.
While attending high school and college he started playing guitar in a band called naked, playing small shows in NJ and NYC.
After naked, he was one of the founding members of cilia. The band emerged from basement jams with Jeff Harmon (drums), Rene Muslin (percussion), and Kit Clayton (keys). The lineup, at different points, later included Sarah Gangale (keys, vocals), Walter "Gator" McCoy (bass), and Saeed Ganji (bass).
Edmond also operates under the alias dj mumbler when experimenting with dubstep styles and when mixing records."-Last.fm (http://www.last.fm/music/Edmond+Cho/+wiki)
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