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Rothenberg / Buck / Takeishi / Tronzo
The Fell Clutch

Rothenberg / Buck / Takeishi / Tronzo: The Fell Clutch (Animul)
Label: Animul    
Released in: USA    

The Animul label is Ned Rothenberg's own, and this release is an amazing demonstration of Rothenberg's abilities both as a leader and a player. On clarinet, bass clarinet and alto sax, his skills in improvisation and writing are powerful, from fluid playing to intense bass clarinet musing or circular phrases that amaze. Joined by Tony Buck from The Necks on drums; Stomu Takeishi, a part of Henry Threadgill's Make a Move, on fretless bass; on three tracks Dave Tronzo (Spanish Fly) on slide guitar; and Joe Williamson on acoustic bass for one piece. This is a performing group and it shows, but it's also a thinking and exploring set of musicians that demonstrate a wide variety of styles and approaches with strength and assurance. The credits state that "All music spontaneously composed by the musicians," which is no doubt true, but Rothenberg's hand in direction and composition is strongly felt. Highly recommended.

"Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on 5 continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi - an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own. In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris, guitars and Samir Chatterjee, tabla, works with the Mivos string quartet playing his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and collaborates around the world with fellow improvisors. Recent recordings include this Quintet, The World of Odd Harmonics, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), and Inner Diaspora, all on John Zorn's Tzadik label, as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker, and The Fell Clutch, on Rothenberg's Animul label."

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Product Information:

UPC: 616892807728

Label: Animul
Catalog ID: ANI 105
Squidco Product Code: 6125

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
April 5, 2005 at Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, NY by Michael Brorby, June 5, 2005 at AudioCue, Berlin, Germany by Rainer Robben (track 10), November 13, 2005 at Park Place Studio, Brooklyn, NY (Tronzo) by Ned Rothenberg


Ned Rothenberg-bass clarinet, clarinet, alto sax

Stomu Takeishi-fretless bass guitar

Tony Buck-drums

Tronzo-slide guitar (2, 4, 5)

Joe Williamson-acoustic bass (10)

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Track Listing:

1. Moment of Reloading (4:15)

2. Life in Your Years (7:04))

3. Food for a Rambling (4:25)

4. No Memes, Mom (8:41)

5. Paint Drum (7:38)

6. Brainy and Footsy (5:07)

7. Dream by Day (10:12)

8. The Violet Sheds (4:42)

9. Epic in Difference (15:17)

10. Ashes (7:38)