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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF084
Squidco Product Code: 8570
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded january 17th, 2006 at Tonstudio Ebel, Kassel (Germany)
Martin Speicher-alto saxophone, clarinet
Lou Grassi-drums, percussion
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"Lou Grassi is internationally known for his work in both the traditional and the avant-garde jazz worlds. He has literally played from Ragtime to No-Time - he toured with Ragtime pianist Max Morath and is the leader of the Dixie Peppers. He has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of outstanding artists including Marshall Allen, Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, Rob Brown, Roy Campbell, The Copascetics, James Garrison, Charles Gayle, Burton Greene, Urbie Green, Gunter Hampel, Johnny Hartman, Fred van Hove, Joseph Jarman, Sheila Jordan, William Parker, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, and Mark Whitecage. Lou appears on more than 70 recordings including more than 30 as a leader or co-leader.
Lou has toured extensively, performing throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia and Central America. He has been a featured artist at numerous international festivals including The Stork Music Festival, NYC; The Vision Festival, NYC; The Texaco New York Jazz Festival, NYC; The Rochester Jazz Festival, Rochester, NY; Summer's End Music Festival, Middletown, CT; Rive de Gier International Jazz Festival, France; Festas Lisboa, Portugal; CAMP 99, Tubingen, Germany; The Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada, Festival Frei Improvisierter Music, Dresden, Germany, the WIM Festival in Antwerp, Belgium, The Hurta Codell Festival of Improvised Music, Madrid, Spain and Egdefest, Ann Arbor, MI He has also performed at Banlieues Bleues Festival, Paris, France; Luneburg Jazz Nights, Germany; The Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, NYC and The International Dixieland Festival of Dresden, Germany."-Lou Grassi Website (http://www.lougrassi.com/LouGrassiShortBio.html)
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1. Please, Confirm! 12:25
2. Le Star 5:12
3. Claire's Net 8:20
4. Your Hope 3:32
5. Alors! Bill Dit 7:44
6. Shapes and Shadows 14:12
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"Much has been said about the art of the improvising trio since the triangular interaction between Ornette Coleman, David Izenzon, and Charles Moffett. Now Martin Speicher, Georg Wolf, and Lou Grassi contribute another chapter to that long tradition. "Shapes and Shadows" is a wonder of musical integration of three diverse personalities investing all their energy in a common purpose. It is proof that real collective music is possible. This is structured improvisation, explorative, agitated, surprising, and yet always maintaining focus. German alto saxophonist / clarinetist Speicher has a composer's sensibility throughout that injects a "classical" contemporary feel in these tracks, even in the freest moments, at times resembling Peter Brotzmann's excursions. There's some sort of telepathy between Speicher and bassist Wolf, the fruit of their long-time collaboration in several settings. But Grassi isn't left on his own. It's remarkable how the American drummer sustains motion and makes himself a fundamental part in everything. He acts and reacts, and you can sense the two Europeans keeping an ear turned to his every move. Expressionist and abstract, this is music of the first order, as dense as a lava river and as complex as a mathematical equation, yet inviting us to come a board with the seduction of a natural phenomenon."-Clean Feed
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