West Coast jazz musicians Mears, Tiner, Kikuchi and Johnson in a fiery set of original compositions from shuffle swing to free jazz blowouts, liner notes by Leo Smith.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF103
Squidco Product Code: 9392
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Jason Mears-alto saxophone
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3. Old Ladies
4. The Power of the Great
5. We Are All Tomorrow's Food
6. Steps of the Ordinarily Unordinary
8. Through the Doorways of Escape Come the Footsteps of Capture
9. Beedie and Bob
10. The Illusion of Transparency
11. Don't Hesitate to Change Your Mind
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"The Empty Cage Quartet consists of four musicians - saxophonist Jason Mears, trumpeter Kris Tiner, percussionist Paul Kikuchi and bassist Ivan Johnson - who have been praised consistently by critics as one of the most powerful and substantial new jazz groups to emerge from the American West Coast. Recorded during a hot summer in Los Angeles, Stratostrophic is a fiery set of original compositions that ranges from shuffle swing to free jazz blowouts, minimalist percussion loops to complex modernist gestures, funky stomps, odd-meter marches, robotic grooves, heavy rock, and nearly everything in between. The music is vigorous and methodic yet tender and reflective, dead-serious yet open to the occasional wry, sideways irony. As Wadada Leo Smith expresses in his liner notes, these young musicians are certainly on a path "to reach the whole truth of a creative music"."-Clean Feed