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Futterman / Levin / DuRoche: Timeless Memories (JDF/CLM )

Bringing together exemplary jazz musicians from three cities--Virginia-based pianist Joel Futterman, Bary Area multi-reedist Ike Levin, and Portland, OR percussionist Tim DuRochse, for two sets of dynamic collective free jazz with a lyrical intent, joyfully spontaneous music that unfolds in ways that appear composed through the compatibility and familiarity of each artist.
 

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Joel Futterman-piano

Ike Levin-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet

Tim DuRoche-drums


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UPC: 040201985423

Label: JDF/CLM
Catalog ID: 1002
Squidco Product Code: 29262

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Classical Pianos Recital Hall, in Portland, Oregon, on October 12th, 2018, by Patrick Springer.

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"Tri-city collaboration, Timeless Memories is 10 live improvisations by three veteran players who while isolated from large centres hold on to the chalice of unapologetic Free Jazz expression. There are points that their collective outpouring is so heightened that even the CD's nearly 78½-minute length appears inadequate to restrain their collective invention. Virginia-based pianist Joel Futterman has recorded with Kidd Jordan and Alvin Fielder. Saxophonist/clarinetist Ike Levin resides in the Bay area and has performed with Von Freeman and Kash Killion. Percussionist Tim DuRoche is in Portland, Oregon and has played with Burton Greene and Wally Shoup.

Consisting of two live sets, the energetic trio starts from a concept of forceful vigor and accelerates from there. Deep and dark echoing piano dynamics are mixed with progressive narratives as development encompasses rough pumps from the drummer and building Trane-like cadences which smear as well as split from the saxophonist. A lot more than a power trio, the three quickly regroup into near baroque expressions which, especially in Futterman's case, detour into low-pitched soundboard shudders and stopped key plinking. At mid-point, "After Time" marks a change, as Levin puts aside the top-of-range multiphonics that characterize most of his other outburst for a Gene Ammons-like bluesy reed echoes, joined by full-flavored piano glissandi and timed plops from DuRoche. This dynamic contrast between backbeat swing and freeform expression characterizes the rest of this first set, as Levin's darkened bass clarinet flutters create a cultured counterpoint to Futterman's sensitive chording. Not wanting to over-emphasize either faction, playful back-and-forth piano-clarinet jumps and judders define the sequence's final release.

The second set which takes up the remaining four tracks, accelerates the descriptive parameters once again with the pianist turning an unaccompanied melody into a crescendo of galloping cascades and unexpected single note diversions, as Levin, on saxophone displays dour renal emphasis and clarion tongue stops. Torquing the narrative still further with angular wit from the piano keys and the saxophonist's shaded snarls, leads to the giveaway titled "Irreversible Progression". The track conclusively mixes the saxophonist's overblowing glossolalia with the pianist rolling out a nearly limitless collection of key clanks and bent notes. All that left for the final "Stories of Our Mind" is for DuRoche's patterning drum solo to signify that previously disparate tones have been smoothed downwards into semi calm.

The distinctive program created by this trio proves once again that you don't have to go to major cities to see and hear first-rate improvisation."-Ken Waxman, JazzWord


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Artist Biographies

"Joel Futterman, Piano and Indian Flute

Determined to push the limits of the piano to techniques never heard in jazz, Joel began a 25-year regimen of practicing 8-10 hours a day. During this period, he developed a three-hand technique based on completely autonomous playing between the hands. With more than 70 recordings, he is considered one of the most innovative yet enigmatic new music pianists.

Known for his spirited, highly imaginative, and innovative piano technique, Joel Futterman is an internationally recognized veteran pioneer into the frontiers of spontaneous, improvised music. He is considered one of the foremost inventive and adventurous artists shaping the creative, progressive music scene today. Futterman continuously pushes the limits of the piano as he explores new musical horizons. He has performed across North America and Europe including at such noted music festivals as the Tampere Jazz Festival in Finland, the Vision Festival in New York, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Guelph Festival in Canada. He has performed with such notable jazz innovators as Jimmy Lyons, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Paul Murphy, Joseph Jarman, Richard Davis, William Parker, Alvin Fielder, and Hal Russell; as well as Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, with whom he has had a highly productive association. For many years, Futterman has also played the Indian Wooden Flute.

Joel Futterman was born in Chicago, IL. He grew up and lived in Chicago until 1972. Joel had piano lessons from about age 9-11, then continued playing on his own, eventually studying theory and harmony with Alan Swain. Joel met Clarence (Gene) Shaw when he was 18 and studied with Clarence for two years. Clarence was an important influence at the time. One night Clarence invited Joel to his home for a party. He introduced Joel to Charles Mingus. Joel recalls that Mingus gripped his hand firmly and stared up at the ceiling.

Joel attended University of Illinois in Chicago obtaining a (B.S.). Herman Finer, professor of political science, was a profound influence and encouraged Joel to pursue his creative endeavors.

While Joel was in college, his mother passed away and he isolated himself and began practicing 12 to 16 hours a day. Practicing was the only comfort for him at this time.

Joel attended Northeastern University in Chicago and worked on an MS in Education. He was nine hours short of receiving the degree when he decided to leave Chicago. Joel did receive an MS in Education with an endorsement in Reading at Old Dominion University in 1975.

In 1972, Joel moved to Virginia, where he resides today, in a personal quest to develop his creative voice. His first album, CAFETERIA, was released in 1980 to considerable acclaim due to its originality. Since then, his recordings have included a number of jazz legends, such as Jimmy Lyons, Richard Davis, Hal Russell, William Parker and others. In 1994, photographer Michael Wilderman introduced Joel to Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, and since then Joel has enjoyed many rewarding musical collaborations with Kidd and drummer Alvin Fielder. Also, Joel Futterman has had a deep association with artist Ike Levin, founder of the Charles Lester Label."

-Joel Futterman Website (www.joelfutterman.com/about.htm)
11/29/2023

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"Ike Levin has been playing reed instruments professionally for over 28 years. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Ike was an active performer in the windy city's vibrant jazz, blues, and new music scene before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area. He studied music composition at the Roosevelt University Conservatory of Music and in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While a student, Ike performed as a regular member of the University of Illinois Jazz Orchestra and played with the Jazz Members Big Band comprised of many of the Chicago area's top jazz musicians who used the Band as a forum for original arrangements and experimental compositions. Ike studied privately with legendary jazz saxophone master Joe Daley who helped him develop his technique and establish his neo-bop foundations.

Ike also studied with Fred Anderson, one of the co-founders of the Chicago based avant-garde jazz organization Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM). Under the tutelage of Fred Anderson Ike began to explore new musical frontiers for his improvisational work unencumbered by harmonic structures and strict time meter. As he tells it, "At first, I thought Fred was going to get me into abstract concepts of the music, but initially we used to play Charlie Parker heads over and over again together. He was getting me into Bird's amazing concept of phrasing which is the foundation of all improvisational work." However, his real development as a jazz musician came from listening and occasionally sitting in with the many great jazz artists who came through Chicago's jazz clubs during the 70's and early 80's. Whether its "straight ahead" or freer forms of jazz, Ike is never content to rely on clichés or simply replicate past musical phrases. Instead, he is always searching for new musical ideas and sounds all the while focusing on keeping the music swinging.

Ike's orientation to his instruments and approach to jazz improvisation has had a multitude of influences. Some of his major influences include the saxophonists John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Lyons, Sonny Rollins, and Dexter Gordon, as well as Albert Ayler. The music of Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus have also influenced his approach and concept of improvisation. Additionally, Ike identifies such 20th century composers as Bartok, Perdercki, and Boulez as influencing the way he conceives of musical composition and tonality.

In addition to Chicago and San Francisco, Ike has performed in cities across the US and Canada including Portland, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Toronto. For the past 7 years, Ike has had a very productive association with pianist Joel Futterman with whom he performs and records regularly. He has also performed with such internationally acclaimed musicians as Ira Sullivan, Robert Barry, Wilbur Campbell, Reggie Nicholson, Alvin Fielder, Ed Petersen, and Bay Area jazz stalwarts Oluyemi Thomas, Randall Hunt, Smiley Winters, Walter Savage, and Kash Killion. Ike has also led his own quartets and small ensembles comprised of veteran jazz talents."

-All About Jazz (https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/ikelevin)
11/29/2023

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"Tim DuRoche (Drums) works regularly with the collective ensemble Battle Hymns & Gardens and The Kin Trio, and has logged in extensive time with an array of US and European avant- garde jazz innovators, including Dominic Duval, Burton Greene, Matana Roberts, Paul Plimley- Lisle Ellis, Wally Shoup, Gust Burns, Bert Wilson, Urs Leimgruber, Jon Raskin, Perry Robinson, Jack Wright, Doug Theriault, Marco Eneidi, Didier Petit, and Frank Gratkowski, among others. Tim is the host of "The New Thing," a weekly radio jazz radio show on KMHD 89.1 FM and is the author of the book Occasional Jazz Conjectures (Durable Goods)."

-Tim DuRoche Website (http://www.timduroche.com/?p=305)
11/29/2023

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Track Listing:



1. Timeless Memories 11:39

2. Before Time 6:34

3. Vivid Memories T 4:17

4. After Time 7:18

5. Through Time 4:59

6. Time Is 10:51

7. Future Memories 9:15

8. Once or Twice 6:39

9. Irreversible Progression 9:38

10. Stories of Our Mind 6:54

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Trio Recordings
Collective Free Improvsation

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