A free jazz session recorded in Brussells between trumpeter Nate Wooley and half of the Daniele Martini Quartet--saxophonist Martini himself and drummer Joao Lobo--stepping in and out of modal jazz with a contemplative approach, using extended techniques to great effect, Lobo handling the foundation and rhythm in absolutely impressive ways.
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Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs364
Squidco Product Code: 23872
Packaging: Cardboard foldover
Recorded in Salle des Harpes, Brussels, Belgium, in April , 2011, by Robbie Kieckens.
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2. A Plot Underneath 7:20
3. Operation Mocking Birds 7:52
4. Seven Valleys Across 3:23
5. Dull, Duller, Dulles 2:27
6. Chasing Eli Lider Forever 4:53
7. Si Morgh 3:51
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"The recording is from 2011 and has long requested that it be edited on disk. This ended up happening this year (2016) in the almost unlikely Creative Sources - "improbable" given the markedly jazzy character of the music that in these subjects is heard and "almost" because the Lisbon publisher that we have become accustomed to identify with the most radical tendencies of the Improvisation and electroacoustics until recently has been giving some attention to jazz.
In Legacy of Ashes we find two members of the Tetterapapters, a quartet who participated in the recent Jazz edition in August, playing with trumpeter Nate Wooley at a session in Brussels. If the coordinates are very obviously those of free jazz, although in a more reflected and introspective approach than is usual to find in this area, there is a general preference for tonalism and modalism on the part of Wooley and the saxophonist Daniele Martini, with Portuguese Joao Lobo more focused on the exploration of rhythmic patterns than on the textural (dis) constructions that are usually the norm.
The theme "Operation Mocking Birds" is an example of this, with its Africanist character that seems to summarize everything that has been done with such an allusion in the history of jazz. If the games established between the trumpet and the saxophones (tenor and soprano) are very interesting, with Martini outdoing himself, the most remarkable work is developed by the drummer. This is perhaps the best record to listen to realize the whole dimension of the superlative capabilities of João Lobo."-Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt
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"Born in Rome and based in Brussels since 2007 Daniele Martini is a polyvalent saxophone player active in different musical fields. With a solid career made of performances around the globe he had the opportunity to perform with some amazing musicians, and has lately created his own quartet where he is joined by an outstanding rhythm section."-Brussels Express (https://brussels-express.eu/agenda/daniele-martini-quartet/)
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"Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon, a town of 2,000 people in the timber country of the Pacific Northwestern corner of the U.S. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. His time in Oregon, a place of relative quiet and slow time reference, instilled in Nate a musical aesthetic that has informed all of his music making for the past 20 years, but in no situation more than his solo trumpet performances.
Nate moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radigue, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.
Wooley's solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. Along with Peter Evans and Greg Kelley, Wooley is considered one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, as well as demolishing the way trumpet is perceived in a historical context still overshadowed by Louis Armstrong. A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings "exquisitely hostile".
In the past three years, Wooley has been gathering international acclaim for his idiosyncratic trumpet language. Time Out New York has called him "an iconoclastic trumpeter", and Downbeat's Jazz Musician of the Year, Dave Douglas has said, "Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole". His work has been featured at the SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen, the WRO Media Arts Biennial in Poland, Kongsberg, North Sea, Music Unlimited, and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals, and the New York New Darmstadt Festivals. In 2011 he was an artist in residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY and Cafe Oto in London, England. In 2013 he performed at the Walker Art Center as a featured solo artist.
Nate is the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music (www.dramonline.org) and the editor-in-chief of their online quarterly journal Sound American (www.soundamerican.org) both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music through their online presence and the physical distribution of music through Sound American Records. He also runs Pleasure of the Text which releases music by composers of experimental music at the beginnings of their careers in rough and ready mediums."-Nate Wooley Website (http://natewooley.com/about)
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"From jazz to gnawa music, electro-acoustic trance to total improvisation, in solo or in a big band, collaborating on dance and theatre productions and making soundtracks for movies (including "John From" which got him a nomination for Best Original Music at the Fénix Awards 2016 in Mexico), João Lobo maintains a versatile career as a musician mainly playing the drums.
He is the co-founder of Oba Loba, Going, Tetterapadequ, Norman, Mulabanda, and a proud member of Giovanni Guidi Trio, Mâäk, MikMâäk and Ghalia Benali & Mâäk: MwSOUL.
He has recorded more than 40 albums, some self-produced and others for labels such as ECM, Clean Feed, CamJazz, De Werf, El Negocito, three:four records, Challenge, NEOS.
He has performed and/or recorded in many countries around the world with many musicians including Enrico Rava, Marshall Allen (US), Rosewell Rudd (US), Carlos Bica (PT), Nate Wooley (US), Maalem Hassan Zogari (MA), Thomas Morgan (US), Chris Corsano (US), and collaborates intensely with Norberto Lobo (PT), Giovanni Di Domenico (IT), Lynn Cassiers (BE), Manolo Cabras (IT), Giovanni Guidi (IT) and Laurent Blondiau (BE)."-Joao Lobo Website (https://joaolobomusic.com/bio-cv/)
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