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Goldberg, Ben

Eight Phrases For Jefferson Rubin

Goldberg, Ben: Eight Phrases For Jefferson Rubin (Les Disques Victo)

"Recorded in studio in November 1996, Ben Goldberg's project Eight Phrases for Jefferson Rubin was his second composition for sextet (after Twelve Minor, released by Avant in 1998). Rubin, who died tragically at the age of 35, was one o...
 

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UPC: 777405005724

Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: CD 057
Squidco Product Code: 24014

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1998
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Studio OTR in November 1996, by Cookie Marenco.


Personnel:

Ben Goldberg-clarinet

L.S. Ellis-double bass

Trevor Dunn-double bass

Michael Sarin-drums

John Schott-guitar

Larry Ochs-tenor saxophone, sopranino saxophone

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track listing:


1. Problem 7:07

2. Plain Of Jars 10:55

3. Visited 7:55

4. Eight Phrases 10:52

5. Brace And Bit 5:37

6. Elements 4:44

7. Lost Touch 9:19

8. Snow 5:10
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"Recorded in studio in November 1996, Ben Goldberg's project Eight Phrases for Jefferson Rubin was his second composition for sextet (after Twelve Minor, released by Avant in 1998). Rubin, who died tragically at the age of 35, was one of Goldberg's childhood friends. Thus the music is not always cheerful, but it doesn't fall into mournful soliloquies either. The sextet the clarinetist gathered comprises a second reed player (Rova saxophonist Larry Ochs), guitar (John Schott), two double basses (Lisle Ellis and the ubiquitous jazzing-when-not-rocking Trevor Dunn), and drums (Michael Sarin). Eight Phrases for Jefferson Rubin follows the klezmer-tinged avant-garde jazz style prominent in New York at the end of 1990s. Comparisons to John Zorn's Masada, Marty Ehrlich, and West Coast new jazz are all in order, since there is something of Vinny Golia's touch here too. "Problem" sets the mood -- free-form in the underground, carefully written melodies above. "Plain of Jars" is a slow, depressive piece lacking a clear direction and makes for the worst ten minutes of the set, but "Visited" picks up the pace and features a good solo courtesy of Schott. The title track is the real showcase for Goldberg, his bass clarinet hinting at Jewish mourning songs. Not a groundbreaking album, but an honest and enjoyable effort."-Francois Couture

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