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Ostertag, Bob: Verbatim (Red Note)


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UPC: B000001ATQ

Label: Red Note
Catalog ID: RN 6
Squidco Product Code: 6160

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1996
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.


Mark Dresser-contrabass

Gerry Hemingway-percussion

Phil Minton-voice

Bob Ostertag-sampling

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Mark Dresser is a Grammy nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator. At the core of his music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass. He has recorded over one hundred thirty CDs including three solo CDs and a DVD. From 1985 to 1994, he was a member of Anthony Braxton's Quartet, which recorded nine CDs and was the subject of Graham Locke's book Forces in Motion (Da Capo). He has also performed and recorded music of Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Osvaldo Golijov, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Ostertag, Joe Lovano, Roger Reynolds, Henry Threadgill, Dawn Upshaw, John Zorn. Dresser most recent and internationally acclaimed new music for jazz quintet, Nourishments (2013) his latest CD (Clean Feed) marks his re-immersion as a bandleader. Since 2007 he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education. He was awarded a 2015 Shifting Foundation Award and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award. He is Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego.

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"Gerry Hemingway has led a number of quartet and quintets since the mid 1980's. In addition he has been a member of a wide array of long standing collaborative groups including Brew with Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka, the GRH trio with Georg Graewe and Ernst Reijseger, the WHO trio with Michel Wintsch and Bänz Oester, as well as numerous duo projects with Thomas Lehn, John Butcher, Ellery Eskelin, Marilyn Crispell, and others. Mr. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral works as well as being noted for his innovative and multifaceted work as a solo performer which began in 1974. He was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet between 1983 and 1994 and is also well known for his collaborations with some of the world's most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith and many others. He currently lives in Switzerland having joined the faculty of the Hochschule Luzern in 2009."

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"Phil Minton comes from Torquay. He played trumpet and sang with the Mike Westbrook Band in the early 60s- Then in dance and rock bands in Europe for the later of part of the decade. He returned to England in 1971, rejoining Westbrook and was involved in many of his projects until the mid 1980's.

For most of the last forty years, Minton has been working as a improvising singer in lots of groups, orchestras, and situations, all over the place. Numerous composers have written music especially for his extended vocal techniques. He has a quartet with Veryan Weston, Roger Turner and John Butcher, and ongoing duos, trios and quartets with above and many other musicians.

Since the eighties, His Feral Choir, where he voice-conducts workshops and concerts for anyone who wants to sing, has performed in over twenty countries."

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track listing:

1. Periwinkle (09.05)

2. Oxblood (01.47)

3. Smoke (04.28)

4. Ink (08.34)

5. Cornflower (03.11)

6. Paris green (05.26)

7. Middle stone (03.28)

8. Lavender (03.25)

9. Ash (02.43)
descriptions, reviews, &c.
Frith, Zorn and Minton cohort Bob Ostertag has worked extensively with computers and sampling, creating unexpected and extremely unusual results. Verbatim is the middle portion of a series of three releases that Ostertag created to explore the relationship between man and technology. Say No More was the first part, an improvisation between drummer Gerry Hemmingway, vocalist Phil Minton and bassist Mark Dresser. Ostertag recorded, sampled and rearranged the improvisations on a computer to create a new arrangement. He then gave that arrangement to the same trio and asked them to learn it as a performance piece. That was then recorded and the process was repeated multiple times, the results of which were used by Ostertag to create Verbatim. The project culminated in Verbatim Flesh and Blood, a live performance of the final Verbatim composition. Challenging the concepts of improvisation and composition, Verbatim is a fascinating and unusual work.
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