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Shoup, Wally / Burns, Gust / Campbell, Greg / Radding, Reuben: The Levitation Shuffle (Clean Feed)


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UPC: 5609063000733

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF073
Squidco Product Code: 7991

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock foldover


Wally Shoup-alto sax

Gust Burns-piano

Greg Campbell-drums, percussion

Reuben Radding-bass

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"Reuben Radding is a bassist, free improviser, teacher, and recording engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Washington DC in 1966. After relocating to New York City in 1988 he studied the double bass with Mark Dresser and quickly became a busy stalwart of the so-called "Downtown" scene, performing with many of the most prominent new Jazz musicians of the time. Radding has taught master classes on extended bass techniques and free improvisation workshops He is also an accomplished recording engineer and producer, and owns Studio STATS, in Brooklyn, NY."

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track listing:

1. Heraldic Quadraphony

2. Meta-Morphed

3. Caressing the Cube

4. Meson Masons

5. Fins 'n Hoodoos

6. Stacatto Flue

7. Arching the Energy Puzzle
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"Free improvisation isn't only a European thing. The alto saxophonist Wally Shoup is one of the few American representatives of the musical praxis that dropped the jazz part of the "free jazz" equation and started improvising without idiomatic parameters. And even if he did discover the Music Improvisation Company (British improvisers Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Hugh Davies and Jamie Muir) during the Seventies, he didn't forget Ornette Coleman or Albert Ayler, the pioneers of the "new thing", or his teenage love for blues, rhythm & blues, and soul.

Shoup, a regular partner of left field guitarists like Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Nels Cline (Wilco) in "noise music" situations, clearly prefers the by-now conventional sax-bass-drums jazz format, with Reuben Radding and Bob Rees taking up the other chairs in the Wally Shoup Trio. His other trio with cellist Brent Arnold and percussionist Greg Campbell is simply a deviation from that pattern. "The Levitation Shuffle" quartet is another thing altogether - Radding plays the double bass part, and again, Campbell takes the sticks, but the combo includes a young pianist, Gust Burns, who impregnates his playing with classical and avant-garde motives and techniques. This is not your regular Shoup recording - for that you have those trios and his duos with Chris Corsano - but it's really Shoup you hear, with his trademark serpentine alto saxophone phrasings on top of spontaneous constructions boiling constantly on the verge of explosion."-Clean Feed

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April 2007
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