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Carter, Daniel / William Parker / Federico Ughi: Navajo Sunrise (Rudi Records)

One of a pair of complementary CDs (Navajo Sunrise and Navajo Sunset) this 2010 trio recording of a live performance at Area Sismica, Ravaldino in Monte, Italy between Daniel Carter on alto sax & piano, William Parker on bass & shakuhachi and Federico Ughi on drums, is a solid example of the sensitivity and collaborative power of the Downtown NY creative jazz scene.
 

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Daniel Carter-alto saxophone, piano

William Parker-bass, Shakuhachi

Federico Ughi-drums


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UPC: 8058456240190

Label: Rudi Records
Catalog ID: RRJ1016
Squidco Product Code: 31957

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Italy
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded live at Area Sismica, Ravaldino in Monte, Italy, on December 19th, 2010.

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"Even after more than 50 years of European support for advanced American Free Jazz, unique stimulation is usually apparent when New World musician perform in certain continental circumstances. Take the two CDs here. Both feature New York bass master/composer William Parker, were recorded 18 months apart in Poland (Live in Wroclove) or Italy (Navajo Sunrise) with a co-op trio or his regular working band, and each have something characteristic to offer.

Nominally the six tracks on Navajo Sunset, recorded in Monte, are directed by the versatile improvisations of Daniel Carter, who musically brainstorms on both alto saxophone and piano. As part of as many - if not more - downtown New York bands as Parker, Carter is another player who since the 1970s, has stayed true to the ideals of liberated music. Slightly younger is Rome-born, Brooklyn-based drummer Federico Ughi who completes the trio. By the same token all of the players are open to different influences, aptly demonstrated on "Gather Up", where Parker's compressed tone on shakuhachi is contrasted with the calm geniality issuing from drum-top resonations and clipping piano keys.

Conversely most of the other textures are cast in an approach which owes very much to Ornette Coleman's acoustic trios, featuring drums and double bass. From the top Carter's tonguing reed work is related to Coleman's, but his tone substitutes dry emotionalism for the other saxophonist's overt blues-base. On "Runnin' Home" for example, Carter's vibrations initially alternate between sweet and sour as Ughi's brush work and Parker's taunt plucks direct the narrative. It finally reaches a climax as the saxman introduces heightened reed bites prolonged with dog-whistle sharpness.

The extended and concluding "It Could Go" moves the interaction to a plane that rings with volatile outbursts. Here Carter's multiphonics turn from staccato bites to screeching altissimo as the drummer punctuates every statement with rugged clatters and pumps, while the bassist strums and pops his strings to propel the theme. The saxophonist also proves his reed multiplicity here when a sequence of tongue stops reveals his Bop roots, and more surprisingly, a final extended vibration shows off him playing with a butter-churned tone as sweet as Pete Brown's pre-World War Two work.

Role changing isn't confined to that tune either. Earlier, on the indicatively titled "Legacy", Parker's power thumping and Ughi's rolls and smacks maintain the stirring beat to such an extent that you half expect the trio to start playing "Don't Stop the Carnival". Carter's dual personas also contribute low-frequency piano clusters and fluttering glossolalia from his horn at suitable intervals.

[...]"-Ken Waxman, Jazz Word


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Artist Biographies

"Daniel Carter (born December 28, 1945, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American experimental saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player active mainly in New York City since the early 1970s.

Carter is a prolific performer and has recorded or performed with William Parker, Federico Ughi, DJ Logic, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sonic Youth, scientist/musician Matthew Putman, Cooper-Moore, Sam Rivers, David S. Ware, Yoko Ono, Living Colour, Medensky Martin and Wood and Jaco Pastorius among others. He is a member of the cooperative free jazz groups TEST and Other Dimensions In Music."

-577 Records (http://www.577records.com/danielcarter/)
2/26/2024

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"William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City, heralded by The Village Voice as, "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time."

In addition to recording over 150 albums, he has published six books and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists.

Parker's current bands include the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, In Order to Survive, Raining on the Moon, Stan's Hat Flapping in the Wind, and the Cosmic Mountain Quartet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore. Throughout his career he has performed with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, and David S. Ware, among others."

-William Parker Website (http://www.williamparker.net/)
2/26/2024

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"Federico Ughi is a drummer and composer based in New York. Federico Ughi's music infuses the New York avant-garde sound with a sense of melody inspired by the Italian classical and folk traditions of his childhood in Rome. Ornette Coleman has been a major influence for Federico as well as a mentor.

Born in Rome, Italy Federico relocated to London at age 21 to play music, from there moving to New York in 2000 again to play music. He has been based in Brooklyn, NY ever since.

He has performed or recorded with Daniel Carter, William Parker, The Cinematic Orchestra, Blue Foundation among others. Federico Ughi has performed throughout Italy, the UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Lithuania, China, Mexico, Canada and the US."

-577 Records (http://www.577records.com/federicoughi/)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Turning Waters 3:59

2. Navajo Sunrise 10:27

3. Gather Up 6:00

4. Legacy 9:42

5. Runnin' Home 11:17

6. It Could Go 15:21

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