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Coursil, Jacques with Alan Silva: FreeJazzArt (RogueArt)

Trumpeter Jacques Coursil's in duo with double bassist Alan Silva, frequently using the bow, recorded over two days at La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France; intimate and lyrical dialog from two old friends in 3 sessions for the late trumpeter Bill Dixon.

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UPC: 3760131270525

Label: RogueArt
Catalog ID: ROG-0052
Squidco Product Code: 18924

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: France
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded on November 22nd and 23rd, 2011, by Christophe Hauser at La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France.


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"Alan Silva (born Alan Lee da Silva; January 22, 1939 in Bermuda) is an American free jazz double bassist and keyboard player.

Silva was born a British subject to an Azorean/Portuguese mother, Irene da Silva, and a black Bermudian father known only as "Ruby". He emigrated to the United States at the age of five with his mother, eventually acquiring U.S. citizenship by the age of 18 or 19. He adopted the stage name of Alan Silva in his twenties.

Silva was quoted in a Bermudan newspaper in 1988 as saying that although he left the island at a young age, he always considered himself Bermudian. He was raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, where he first began studying the trumpet, and moved on to study the upright bass.

Silva is known as one of the most inventive bass players in jazz and has performed with many in the world of avant-garde jazz, including Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray, and Archie Shepp.

Silva performed in 1964's October Revolution in Jazz as a pioneer in the free jazz movement, and for Ayler's Live in Greenwich Village album. He has lived mainly in Paris since the early 1970s, where he formed the Celestrial Communication Orchestra, a group dedicated to the performance of free jazz with various instrumental combinations. In the 1990s he picked up the electronic keyboard, declaring that his bass playing no longer surprised him. He has also used the electric violin and electric sarangi on his recordings.

In the 1980s Silva opened a music school I.A.C.P. (Institute for Art, Culture and Perception) in Central Paris, introducing the concept of a Jazz Conservatory patterned after France's traditional conservatories devoted to European classical music epochs.

Since around 2000 he has performed more frequently as a bassist and bandleader, notably at New York City's annual Vision Festivals."

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track listing:

1. An Evening And A Night At The ANNEX Bar Part 1 3:14

2. An Evening And A Night At The ANNEX Bar Part 2 3:51

3. An Evening And A Night At The ANNEX Bar Part 3 2:25

4. An Evening And A Night At The ANNEX Bar Part 4 4:01

5. An Evening And A Night At The ANNEX Bar Part 5 2:41

6. Brooklyn Bridge, The River, The Metal And The Wind Part 1 3:05

7. Brooklyn Bridge, The River, The Metal And The Wind Part 2 3:08

8. Brooklyn Bridge, The River, The Metal And The Wind Part 3 2:51

9. Brooklyn Bridge, The River, The Metal And The Wind Part 4 2:21

10. Brooklyn Bridge, The River, The Metal And The Wind Part 5 2:41

11. Bennington-New York, Round Trip Part 1 2:04

12. Bennington-New York, Round Trip Part 2 2:26

13. Bennington-New York, Round Trip Part 3 1:30

14. Bennington-New York, Round Trip Part 4 2:47

15. Bennington-New York, Round Trip Part 5 3:57
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"The three free sessions of Free Jazz Art, in duo with Alan Silva, came out in one go (with Christophe Hauser, sound engineer and subtle arranger). Alan knew all the procedures in advance having lived through the same experience with Dixon though at a different period. It was easy, because he and I are old friends, having so often played together and so often wandered in the hectic New York of the sixties. Already at that time, he had found his remarkable style of bowed double bass."-Jacques Coursil

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