Pronounced as "knife", this new project from NY trumpeter Nate Wooley brings together Chris Pitsiokos on alto sax, Brandon Lopez on bass, and Dre Hocevar on drums in a fresh take on the concepts of free jazz, using short material composed by Wooley and based on the poetry of Aram Saroyan, used in looping and repeating structures that never sound as such.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF434CD
Squidco Product Code: 24458
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Oktaven Studios, Mt. Vernon, New York, on October 29th, 2016, by Ryan Streber
Chris Pitsiokos-alto saxophone
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1. Knknighgh 3 16:19
2. Knknighgh 4 12:36
3. Knknighgh 6 11:07
4. Knknighgh 7 6:37
5. Knknighgh 8 10:16
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"We can say without exaggeration that the new project by Nate Wooley introduces in the so-called "free jazz" format a system that few times - if ever - we encountered with such a relevance for the musical results since the harmolodic process proposed by Ornette Coleman. And the always surprising trumpeter is very much aware of the ground breaking possibilities of this band with the upcoming New York musicians Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez and Dré Hocevar, and of the music recorded in Knknighgh (to be pronounced as "knife"), when presenting it as "a radical new take on the classic free jazz quartet tradition". So it is: you immediately recognize the approach as free jazz, and yet, free jazz never sounded like this before.
The band uses short composed materials written by Wooley and those fragmented materials are looped and pushed to the limit, triggered by any of the players in whatever order chosen in the moment. At first, the procedure seems to adapt some of the repetitive strategies of minimal music, and yet again, it doesn't sound like minimalism, and neither it is a crossover between free jazz and minimal music. Wooley's new system gets its references outside of music, and namely in the poetry of Aram Saroyan, "the master of the one word poem", as punk singer and writer Richard Hell calls him. Of course, both Hell and Wooley are particularly interested in the musical qualities of Saroyan's poetry, its rhythmic fluency, its alliterations, its repetition of syllabs and inherent sounds. From it, Nate Wooley created a new kind of free jazz in which less is more and the resume of a particular melodic phrase isn't necessarily the reintroduction of a chorus line. Prepare yourself to be marveled..."-Clean Feed
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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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"Chris Pitsiokos (b. 1990) is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser. His music combines the intensity and immediacy of extreme rock forms and noise with the lyricism and forward propulsion of jazz and the abstract detail of contemporary classical composers Iannis Xenakis and Helmut Lachenmann. Chris has had the opportunity to perform/collaborate with Lydia Lunch, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, Kevin Shea, Brian Chase, Henry Kaiser, Mick Barr, Marc Edwards, Brandon Seabrook, Paul Lytton, Tim Dahl, Philip White, Guerilla Toss, C. Spencer Yeh, Ikue Mori, Nate Wooley and Weasel Walter. Chris has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, and the US. His records can be found on Clean Feed, New Atlantis, One Hand Records, Carrier Records, Ug Explode, and his own imprint, Eleatic Records. In addition to performing and composing music, Chris was a long time DJ at WKCR-FM and has been producing concerts in Brooklyn and Manhattan for four years."-Chris Pitsiokos Website (http://www.chrispitsiokos.com/bio.html)
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"Brandon Lopez (* born 1980) is an American jazz and improvisational musician ( contrabass, composition, guitar, piano).
Lopez, whose musical family was from Puerto Rico, grew up in a building of the Madonna Cemetery in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where his father held the cemetery management. He studied contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory and has been working in the New York improvisation scene since the 2010s, a. With Amirtha Kidambi / Matt Nelson, Peter Evans, Jaimie Branch, Weasel Walter Large Ensemble, Tyshawn Sorey, Chris Pitsiokos, Joe Morris, and Nate Wooley. He also performs as a soloist and directs the trio Xivaros (with Alejandro Florez and Carlo Costa)."-Wikipedia (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandon_Lopez)
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"Dré Hočevar (b. 1987, Ljubljana, Slovenia) is a composer, performer, and cross-disciplinary artist frequently performing across the United States, Asia, and Europe. He is Clean Feed Records recording artist with his fourth album Surface of Inscription to be released in May 2017. As a performer, he is currently a member of Nate Wooley's Knknighgh Quartet and is directing ensembles Coding of Evidentiality, Collective Effervescence and Transcendental Within the Sphere of Indivisible Remainder. Hočevar's teachers include Steve Lehman, Gerry Hemingway, Michael Carvin and Joe Morris. He currently lives in New York City where he co-directs a weekly series New Forum, and is preparing for his doctoral studies in composition."-Dre Hocevar Website (http://drehocevar.com/)
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