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Temperamental Trio: Raw and the Cooked (Kadima)

Dark and daring electroacoustic improvisation from the trio of baritone saxophonist Stephen Horenstein, bassist JC Jones, and electronic artist Loic Kessous.

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UPC: 634479580017

Label: Kadima
Catalog ID: KCR 06
Squidco Product Code: 11523

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Israel
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded and mixed at Kadima Studio, Jerusalem, May-June, 2006.


Stephen Horenstein-baritone saxophone

Loic Kessous-computer, live electronics

Jean Claude Jones-electroacoustic bass, live electronics

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Artist Biographies:

"Stephen Horenstein: Born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA; immigrated to Israel in 1980. Stephen Horenstein's works for ensemble, small orchestra, soloist and electronics have been performed and recorded in venues worldwide. Many of those works have used Jewish sound sources, themes and historical content. Horenstein is known for his experimentation with new orchestral sounds, mixed media and interactive computer-electronics.

Horenstein has collaborated with many well-known artists, including Isamu Noguchi, Steve Paxton, Israeli Hadany, Rena Schoenfeld, Kibbutz Dance Company, Vertigo Company, Esti Kenan-Ofri, Jean Claude Jones and others. Festivals have included: Festival D'Ile de France (Paris); New York International Arts Festival; Festival Chaillol (France), Other Worlds (Milan); Media Mix (University of York); International Computer Music Festival (Hong Kong; Thessoloniki, Greece); Israel Festival, Jerusalem; Helsinki Festival; Festival D'Automne (Paris), Red Sea Festival, and International Harp Festival (Vienna, Austria). Recordings include: Collages (Black Saint Soul Note, Italy), Between the Silences & The Natives Are Restless (JICM Recordings). Recordings on Kadima, including Raw and the Cooked and a forthcoming release of TempDuo (Lydian Aug). Extensive performances with innovator Bill Dixon, Horenstein's key mentor and ultimate creative inspiration. (Festival D'Autumne, Verona Festival; Vision Festival, CD-IREC Italy). His latest project is a collaboration with Butterfly Effect Ensemble, breathing new life into silent films (with Lior Navok, Jeffery Kowalsky).

Education and Teaching: Trinity College/ Hartt School of Music (BA); University of Wisconsin (MM composition); PhD, Hebrew University. Composition studies: Bill Dixon. Private Studies: Virgil Thomson, Marcel Moyse. Faculty member: Bennington College (1973-'80), Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (1981-86; 2006-2018), Tel Aviv University (1982-1986), Brandeis University (1999-2001). Artist-in-residence: University of York (England); Stanford University; SUNY, Purchase; College of William and Mary."

-Stephen Horenstein Website (

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"Jean Claude Jones was born in Sfax, Tunisia and moved to France as a young child. As a teen, he Jean Claude (JC) Jones was born in Sfax, Tunisia, and moved to France as a young child. As a teen, he taught himself simultaneously to play lead and bass guitar.

At the age of 17 he began working in professional pop and jazz bands. In 1978 he moved to the US to pursue formal music studies, graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he majored in jazz guitar. He continued his studies at the Music Institute of Technology in Los Angeles. In 1983 he emigrated to Israel, where he became a key player on the newly developing jazz scene. Several years later he made a definitive switch from guitar to double bass, and became involved in free improvised music. In time, he added electronics and computer-manipulated sounds to his musical arsenal. In 2016 he returned the guitar as his main instrument.

The driving force behind his work is "finding my space."

JC Jones is an esteemed music educator, and served as chair of the Jazz Department at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance between 1996 and 2000. He has performed and recorded with many leading international and Israeli musicians, dancers, poets, and vocal artists, including Stan Getz, Red Rodney, and Dave Liebman. Since the 1990s he has appeared with John Zorn, Anthony Coleman, Ned Rothenberg, Joey Baron, Marc Ribot, Ikue Mori, Mike Patton, Damon Smith, Joelle Leandre, Slava Ganelin, Steve Horenstein, Albert Beger, Arkady Gotesman, Avishai Cohen, Ariel Shibolet, Harold Rubin, Victoria Hanna, Josef Sprinzak, Amos Hetz, Anat Shamgar , Felix Ruckert, Dieter Hautkamp, Julyen Hamilton, Mark Dresser, Barre Phillips, Bert Turetzky, Irina Kalina Goudeva, Raymond Boni, Raphael Saint-Remy, and Denis Fournier.

Some of JC's major projects include Deep Tones for Peace performances, the Kadima Triptych Series (cds/dvds/texts featuring double-bass masters), Myelination (the myelin chemical sounds and improvised music), and The Temperamental Duo, a collaborative work on Lydian + Explorations with composer/reeds player Steve Horenstein.

Since 2016 he has been working with prepared acoustic guitar, in multiple collaborations and recordings with several eminent musicians. Ongoing works includes Keep on Dancing, duos recordings with percussionists Haim Peskoff, Haggai Fershtman, Omri Mor, Denis Fournier, and JC on prepared acoustic lap-style guitar, Sick Puppies In Love duos with vocalist Anat Pick, and guitars duo recordings with Raymond Boni."

-Kadima Collective (

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track listing:

1. Ship Of Fools 4:28

2. K.O.W 3:10

3. Agitation 2:39

4. Dyad 1:07

5. Groan 1:39

6. Heavy Metal 2:33

7. Slow Day 1:39

8. Ship Of Fools 2 2:32

9. Mucho 2 2:20

10. Remue Menage 4:15

11. P.U.T.T 1:48

12. Rider 3:50

13. Wap 2:30

14. Quack 2:53

15. Figure-Ground 3:21

16. Slow Duet 3:01

17. Arrival 2:52
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The Temperamental Trio expands current experiments in the latest forms of electroacoustic improvisation... the Temperamental Trio follows its own adventurous course, invented by three daring and restless souls who manage to transform their sonic collisions into a bold statement of creativity." Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz

"Thanks to the noble work of trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj and guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui, news of the free music scene in Lebanon has reached a wider public in recent times, and was doing so even before recent events once more catapulted Lebanon centre stage. But we still know very little of developments in free improv south of the border in Israel, which makes the appearance of this set of 17 tracks more than welcome. Jean Claude Jones (bass and electronics), Loic Kessous (computer and electronics) and Stephen Horenstein (baritone saxophone) serve up a tasty mezze - oops that's a Lebanese dish.. but no matter, national boundaries do not exist in this music - of pieces ranging from tight, scrabbling insect music of "Dyad" (Horenstein's gnarly baritone reminds us of how great a player he is on those albums with Bill Dixon) to the spacier electronic landscapes of "Heavy Metal". None of the pieces outstays its welcome - only two tracks go beyond the four-minute mark - which also makes a welcome change, even if it leaves one a little hungry for more. [...]"-Dan Warburton, Paris Tranatlantic Magazine

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Electronic Forms
Free Improvisation
Trio Recordings
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