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Zu / Mats Gustafsson: How To Raise An Ox [VINYL] (Trost Records)

The first vinyl edition of the 2004 collaboration of Italian power trio Zu of Luca Tommaso Mai on baritone sax, Massimo Pupillo on bass, and Jacopo Battaglia on drums, with Swedish baritone sax phenomenon Mats Gustafsson, what Atavistic calls a "hypno-skronk implosion" of dueling baritones sax over wonderfully intense and skronky free improvisation; a classic!
 

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UPC: 9120036682634

Label: Trost Records
Catalog ID: TROST 171LP
Squidco Product Code: 25523

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Austria
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Locomotore Studio, in Rome, Italy, in October, 2004, by Matteo Spinazze.


Personnel:

Mats Gustafsson-baritone saxophone

Luca Tommaso Mai-baritone saxophone

Massimo Pupillo-bass

Jacopo Battaglia-drums

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Over A Furnace 1:46

2. How To Raise An Ox 6:56

3. Eating The Landscape 4:18

4. The King Devours His Sons 7:21

SIDE B



1. Bring The War Back Home 1:57

2. Meat Eater, Solar Bird 6:14

3. Palace Of Reptiles 3:02

4. Beasts Only Die To Be Born 4:07

5. The Tiger Teaches The Lamb 4:50
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"Hailing from Rome, the free jazz power trio Zu has been making considerable waves in the indie underground. With a resume boasting numerous tours and collaborative recording sessions with Eugene Chadbourne, DŠlek, The Ex, Nomeansno and Ken Vandermark, the members of Zu have proven themselves capable of holding their own against the underground's heaviest contenders, regardless of genre. The group's most recent endeavor, How To Raise an Ox, also features a guest improviser, saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.

Heavily amplified and deriving inspiration from post-punk as well as such renowned electric free jazz ensembles as Last Exit and Painkiller, Zu is a powerhouse. Veering from grinding Sabbath and glacially paced Melvins-like tempos to fitful barrages of punk-inflected frenzy, their brand of post-rock friendly free jazz has won them a legion of international fans.

The members of Zu also relish open spaces: the contrasting silence around ringing, sustained tones is often as important as the decibel-shattering outbursts that drop in between. They also favor metallic, grinding angular funk rhythms, but never at the expense of that sound. They're are drawn to grating textures, and no other ensemble sounds quite as brusque as Massimo Pupillo's bright, overdriven electric bass, Jacopo Battaglia's pulverizing drums, and Luca Mai's dark, tortured baritone saxophone. The intricate call and response rhythmic structures of the assembled songs leave little room for melody, let alone harmony. As such, one tune easily bleeds into another, engendering a sense of homogeneity to the proceedings as well.

How To Raise an Ox features an excellent and sympathetic collaborator. Mats Gustafsson's frenzied, spastic baritone has been well documented, both on his own albums and numerous high-profile gigs with Ken Vandermark. His recent punkish, garage rock-inspired project, The Thing, has brought him greater notoriety as of late, and this collaboration has numerous similarities to that group.

With Gustafsson and Mai both sticking to their baritone saxophones for the whole of the record, and the rhythm section more boisterous than not, this set veers on the heavy side. The short, Sabbath-esque loping grind of "Bring The War Back Home" contrasts nicely with the railing opening barrage of "Over A Furnace." The title track is a brilliant meditation on using space, timing, and increasing dynamics to build tension, while the closing "The Tiger Teaches The Lamb" invokes Albert Ayler's ecstatic exhortations. Gustafsson and Mai even get in some a capella sparring time on the opening of "The King Devours His Sons." Relief comes in pieces like "Eating The Landscape," "Palace Of Reptiles," and "Beasts Only Die To Be Born" which are sparse, almost pointillistic, lending a much-needed sense of reprieve to an already heavy set.

A bone-crushing affair, How To Raise an Ox is not for the faint of heart, but those accustomed to such sounds will find this to be an especially pleasing program."-Troy Collins, All About Jazz


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Artist Biographies:
"Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden.Saxplayer, improviser and composer. Solo artist and international tours and projects with a.o. Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark and in working groups The Thing, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Fake (the facts). Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New Orchestra,FIRE! Orchestra and the NU - ensemble.over 1800 concerts and over 200 record productions in Europe, Australia, Africa, North & South America and Asia.Collaborations with contemporary dance, theater, art, poetry as well as projects with noise, electronica, contemporary rock and free jazz.Discaholic - running the discaholic corner website.Producer of international festivals and concert tours as well as work with own record labels Slottet, OlofBright Editions and Blue Tower Records."-Mats Gustafsson Website (http://matsgus.com/archives/category/bio)
6/19/2018

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Luca Tommaso Mai is an Italian saxophone player, known for the groups Black Engine, Divus, Mombu, Nerve 4tet, Psychofagist, Udus, and the power trio Zu, of which he is a founding member.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/523923-Luca-Tommaso-Mai)
6/19/2018

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"Massimo Pupillo (Ostia - Roma) is a bass and double bass player and composer. Best known for being the bassist of Zu, which produced bio 15 albums with labels like Atavistic / Touch n 'Go (USA), Southern (EU), Heads (JAPAN), Ipecac Records (USA) and numerous singles and split with other labels.

He collaborate in many different (musical and not only) projects, from jazz, to improvisation, avant-garde, noise, taking an interest in movies soundtracks and theater.He has join the stage and the sounds with a very long list of musicians including ... Thurston Moore, Jim O' Rourke (sonic youth), Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen Love, Terrie (Ex), Katia Labeque, Giovanni Sollima, Nicola Tescari, David Chalmin, Chris Corsano, Eraldo Bernocchi and FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Yoshigaki Yasuhiro, Geoff Farina, Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, DJ Olive, Otomo Yoshihide, Amy Denio, Gianni Gebbia, Lukas Ligeti, Fred Lonberg- Holm, Joe Lally e Guy Picciotto (fugazi), Peter Brötzmann, Caspar Brötzmann, Damo Suzuki (Can), Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow), Steve MacKay (The Stooges), Mieko Suzuki, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O' Malley and... yes we could go on for a long time..."

-Massimo Pupillo Website (http://m.zuism.net/#bio)
6/19/2018

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"Jacopo Battaglia (Rome, 27 January 1976) is an Italian drummer, multi-instrumentalist and composer.

He is best known for being the Zu drummer, with whom he has released 14 albums with labels Atavistic / Touch and Go (USA), Southern (EU), Heads (Japan), Ipecac Recordings (USA).

He founded the Zu in 1997. He also collaborates in studio and / or live with musicians of various extractions: from free jazz (Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink, Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilsen Love, Ken Vendermark, Hamid Drake) to alternative rock (No Means No, The Ex, Fugazi, Karate, Dalek, Lightning Bolt, Mike Patton, Melvins).

It is also part of the Ardecore (band formed by the three Zu plus other Italian musicians) with whom he won the Targa Tenco in 2007 with the album Chimera and Black Engine, a band formed by the three Zu with Eraldo Bernocchi and occasional guests such as Mick Harris (Napalm Death, Scorn), FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), also collaborates with the Gronge.

On 11 February 2011, with an official statement on the band's website, he announced that he would leave the Zu to devote himself to other projects. Greet the band with a mini tour in March 2011.

On March 2, 2011 with an official statement, The Bloody Beetroots announce that Jacopo Battaglia enters the band, as a drummer in live shows, under the pseudonym of Battle.

From January 2013 he starts playing synth and bass.

In April 2013, his first Ep by Mooro was released for the Belgian label Lektroluv Records."

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacopo_Battaglia)
6/19/2018

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