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Digital Primitives (Cooper-Moore / Tsahar / Taylor) : Hum Crackle Pop (Hopscotch Records)

The 2nd Digital Primitives release (Cooper-Moore, Asif Tsahar, Chad Taylor) digs in deep to fuse a new sound from blues, folk, jazz & funk, with accents from the music's African antecedents.
 

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Cooper-Moore-vocal, banjo, twinger

Assif Tsahar-tenor sax, bass clarinet

Chad Taylor-drums, m'bira, percussion


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UPC: 00695269604221

Label: Hopscotch Records
Catalog ID: HOP 42
Squidco Product Code: 11891

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Tracks 1, 4, 6, 9 recorded July 2007 at Monsterland, NY; Tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10 recorded April 2009 at Vibramonk, NY. Mixed by Assif except tracks 1 & 4 by Tamir Muskat.

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"Hum Crackle and Pop, the long awaited second release of Digital Primitives forges a group sound that is fresh and unique. Digging deeply to unearth the roots of American music, the trio fuses a new sound from blues, folk, jazz and funk, with accents from the music's African antecedents.

Master musician instrument builder Cooper-Moore is setting the tone with the diddley-bo, twanger, mouth-bo, the fretless bango (your dictionary won't find it but your ears would love it), and Assif Tsahar is free flowing expressive as ever on his tenor Sax and bass clarinet while Chad Taylor ruff's it up pushing the groove deeper and the deeper. Together they tell us a story that is both dramatic and joyful, keeping it always close to the heart."-Hopscotch Records



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Artist Biographies

"As a composer, performer, instrument builder/designer, storyteller, teacher, mentor, and organizer, Cooper-Moore [b. August 31, 1946] has been a major, if somewhat behind-the-scenes, catalyst in the world of creative music for over 40 years. As a child prodigy Cooper-Moore played piano in churches near his birthplace in the Piedmont region of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. His performance roots in the realm of avant jazz music date to the NYC Loft Jazz era in the early/mid-70s. His first fully committed jazz group was formed in 1970 - the collective trio Apogee with David S. Ware and drummer Marc Edwards. Sonny Rollins asked them to open for him at the Village Vanguard in 1973, and they did so with aplomb. A studio recording of this group was made in 1977, and issued as Birth of a Being on hatHut under Ware's name in 1979 (re-mixed and re-issued in expanded form on AUM Fidelity in 2015!). Following an evidently rather trying European tour with Ware, Beaver Harris, and Brian Smith in 1981, Cooper-Moore returned home and completely destroyed his piano, with sledgehammer and fire, in his backyard. He didn't play piano again until some years after, instead focusing his energies from 1981-1985 on developing and implementing curriculum to teach children through music via the Head Start program. Returning to New York in 1985, he spent a great part of his creative time working and performing with theatre and dance productions, largely utilizing his hand-crafted instruments. It was not until the early 90s, when William Parker asked him to join his group In Order To Survive, that Cooper-Moore's pianistic gifts were again regularly featured in the jazz context. In the early 'aughts the group Triptych Myth was his own first regular working jazz group in decades and together they blazed some trails and released two albums: one rich formative, and one exquisite. A destined creative re-union with David S. Ware in the Planetary Unknown quartet, the Digital Primitives trio with Assif Tsahar & Chad Taylor, and continued work with William Parker followed. Cooper-Moore's creative life continues well-strong and unabated into the present day. He will be/was the Lifetime Achievement Honoree at the 22nd iteration of Vision Festval, NYC on May 29, 2017."

-Aum Fidelity (http://www.aumfidelity.com/cooper-moore.html)
2/26/2024

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"Assif Tsahar (born Israel, June 11, 1969) is an Israeli tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist. He lived in New York City from 1990 to the early 2000s, returning to Israel.

He has performed with Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris, William Parker, Mat Maneri, Hamid Drake, Peter Kowald, Susie Ibarra, Rashied Ali, Warren Smith, Wilbur Morris, Le Quan Ninh, John Tchicai, Fred Anderson, Rob Brown, Roy Campbell, Gerald Cleaver, Agusti Fernandez, Ken Vandermark, Kent Kessler, Joe Daley, Herb Robertson, Cuong Vu, Chris Jonas, Ori Kaplan, Oscar Noriega, Roman Stolyar, Alex Harding, Steve Swell, Cooper-Moore, and Tom Abbs

He founded the label Hopscotch Records in 1999. In 2006 he opens the music club Levontin7 with Daniel Sarid in Tel Aviv. "

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assif_Tsahar)
2/26/2024

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"Chad Taylor (b. 1973) is a composer, educator, percussionist and scholar who is a co-founder of the Chicago Underground ensembles. Originally from Tempe, AZ, Chad grew up in Chicago where he started performing professionally at the age of 16. Chad has performed with Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Cooper-Moore, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Peter Brotzmann, Malachi Favors and many others. Chad leads his own band Circle down which debut recording was given a 5 star review by All music:

"What is remarkable is that there is no wasted motion, no histrionics or grandstanding, as pure emotion is translated to superlative music making on this most highly recommended recording, one for the ages." Allmusic.com

Chad has a BFA from the New School in Jazz Performance and a MFA in Jazz Research and History from Rutgers University."

-Chad Taylor Website (http://www.chadtaylordrums.net/html/about.php)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Walkabout 4:13

2. Crackle & Pop 5:46

3. Love Truth 4:04

4. The People 6:05

5. Hum 6:16

6. Somewhere Over... 3:35

7. No Holiday 6:24

8. Herehowhere 7:30

9. For Fred Anderson 3:51

10. Twice 7:45

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