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Daniel's, Ted Energy Module (feat. Oliver Lake and Daniel Carter): Innerconnection [2 CDs] (NoBusiness)

Trumpeter Ted Daniel's Energy Module with Daniel Carter, Oliver Lake, Richard Pierce and Tatsuya Nakamura, a post-bop free improvising quintet from the mid-70s, here in an unreleased studio session showing raw power and superb playing.
 

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Ted Daniel-trumpet, flugelhorn, French hunting horn, Moroccan bugle

Daniel Carter-tenor saxophone

Oliver Lake-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, piccolo, cow bell

Richard Pierce-bass

Tatsuya Nakamura-drums, quarter drums


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UPC: 4779022073175

Label: NoBusiness
Catalog ID: NBCD 72-73
Squidco Product Code: 19996

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Lithuania
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Sunrise Studio,in New York City on the November 8th, 1975.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.
unreleased session from 1975.

"Trumpeter Ted Daniel's Energy Module was a short-lived band. They played exactly two gigs in the course of one week in the fall of 1975-and never played again. They gelled quickly as a quintet, however, in large part because everyone knew each other from working in Daniel's big band, Energy. However, the Energy Module was a less formal affair than the large ensemble, in which they played Daniel's original compositions and arrangements. "We had a couple of rehearsals and played through the tunes, but our main focus was on collective and individual improvisation," Daniel says. "We were getting ready to take care of business."

And they took care of business with a vengeance, as you can hear on this recording of their second and final performance. It's the sort of loose-knit, pull-out-all-the-stops blowing session that took place nightly on New York's Lower East Side in the 197os. But November 8, 1975, at Sunrise Studio was much more than an ordinary night in the lofts. Ted Daniel, Oliver Lake, Daniel Carter, Richard Pierce, and Tatsuya Nakamura stoked the cathartic fires of free jazz to a white-hot intensity and made it a special night indeed."-Ed Hazell



"Ted Daniel's Observations on the Music

First Set

"Jiblet" is a Sunny Murray composition that I used to play while in his band. The melody is a simple sing-song tune, something akin to a nursery rhyme. Tatsuya plays his quarter drums (which he designed) along with his regular trap set on the melody as well as supplying a backbeat that gives the reading a soulful feeling. The improvisation is an energetic collective effort with the three horns playing off each other's energy.

"Innerconnection" is by Dewey Redman and I played it often while in his band. The line is played in unison until the end, at which time the horns answer one another with a short phrase before repeating the unison line. We begin the improvisation with a collective effort and then take solos with the rhythm team. I lead off followed by Oliver. Solos are accompanied by horn players commenting at will as well as horn players utilizing percussion instruments behind the soloist. Daniel Carter's high wail behind my trumpet solo is particularly haunting and he is joined by Oliver at one point during the solo, which was inspiring. Oliver solos on soprano sax. As background, I play several long tones on French hunting horn. Danny takes the third solo on tenor and is pushed by my vocal incantations, French hunting horn, and Moroccan bugle (Khakhai). Oliver joins with low blasts from his alto as Danny continues to burn through his solo. Tatsuya and Pierce also burn right through to the end of Danny's solo and Oliver picks up his flute to cool things down a little before we find our way out with the closing unison line.

I composed "Probe" with the Apollo ii lunar landing in 1969 in mind. The melody is structured around a whole tone scale. Pierce has a pedal throughout and Tatsuya utilizes his tom-toms and mallets. Oliver leads off with a very expressive solo, sounding like the human voice at times. I enter playing some harmonics on the flugelhorn and utilize the whole tone scale, referring back to the melody often. I take the melody out after my solo, ending on a dissonant chord to leave the piece unresolved.

We start Albert Ayler's "Ghosts" with a collective improvisation in which I and the other horns introduce the melody intermittently and Tatsuya and Pierce supply the energy. The performance takes on the characteristic of what happens in some Black churches in the US. Danny Carter's tenor work is particularly inspired and inspiring on this track. Albert Ayler's music has always been an inspiration to me and I especially enjoy this composition.

Second Set

"Entering" is meant to be an intro to the two pieces that follow. Pierce starts off with a bass solo accompanied by the drums, after which Oliver enters on alto for an extended solo. Danny and I briefly join him before we all play Ornette Coleman's "Congeniality." I solo first with the two horns quoting and answering my statements throughout my solo. Danny has an extended second solo on tenor. Tatsuya employs his quarter drums throughout and Oliver alternates from cowbell to birdlike piccolo behind Danny. Trumpet and alto enter toward end of the tenor solo and bass and tenor end together to move into my composition, "Pagan Spain." I play an intro on trumpet with the Harmon mute and switch to open flugelhorn to play the melody and improvise with bass and percussion. I incorporate some harmonics to create tension and contrast during my solo. The composition ends with tenor and alto softly commenting in support of my rendering of the melody."-Ted Daniels

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Artist Biographies

"Mr. Daniel began studying trumpet in elementary school. He began his professional career playing local gigs with his childhood friend, the legendary guitarist, Sonny Sharrock. Mr. Daniel briefly attended Berklee School of music and Southern Illinois University before a tour of duty will U.S. Army Bands. After his discharge from the Army, Mr. Daniel attended Central State College, in Ohio, on a full music scholarship where he met and studied with Dr. Ken Makanda McIntyre. After a year, Mr. Daniel returned to NYC and eventually received a bachelor of music degree in theory and composition from the City College of New York. Mr. Daniel had begun his recording career while studying in Ohio. He returned briefly to New York to record Sonny Sharrock's first album "Black Woman". His second recording was with a band he co-lead (Brute Force) with his brother, Richard Daniel. The recording was entitled "Brute Force" on the Embryo label, produced by Herbie Mann. Since then, Mr. Daniel has participated in over thirty published recordings with such great artist as: Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, Andrew Cyrille, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang and Henry Threadgill. Mr. Daniel has held workshops at Amherst College, Bennington College, Williams College and the University of Hosei in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Daniel has also conducted a seminar in Madrid, Spain as well as work in his community conducting summer music workshops for high and college age students. Mr. Daniel has produced three albums under his own name, which are entitled "The Ted Daniel Sextet" on Ujamaa records, "Tapestry" on Sun records and "In The Beginning" on Altura recordings. This recording features a twelve-piece ensemble featuring such artist as Oliver Lake, Arthur Blythe, Charles Tyler and David Murray."

-Ted Daniel Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/Ted-Daniel-235200259848405/about/?ref=page_internal)
2/26/2024

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"Daniel Carter (born December 28, 1945, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American experimental saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player active mainly in New York City since the early 1970s.

Carter is a prolific performer and has recorded or performed with William Parker, Federico Ughi, DJ Logic, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sonic Youth, scientist/musician Matthew Putman, Cooper-Moore, Sam Rivers, David S. Ware, Yoko Ono, Living Colour, Medensky Martin and Wood and Jaco Pastorius among others. He is a member of the cooperative free jazz groups TEST and Other Dimensions In Music."

-577 Records (http://www.577records.com/danielcarter/)
2/26/2024

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"Oliver Lake (born September 14, 1942) is an American jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer and poet. He is known mainly for alto saxophone but he also performs on soprano and flute.

During the 1960s Lake worked with the Black Artists Group in St. Louis. In 1977 he founded the World Saxophone Quartet with David Murray, Julius Hemphill, and Hamiet Bluiett. He has worked in the group Trio 3 with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille. He is the father of drummer Gene Lake.

Lake has been a resident of Montclair, New Jersey."

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

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Richard Pierce is a bassist know for his work with Ted Daniel Trio & Ted Daniel's Energy Module, and with Sonny Sharrock.

-Squidco 2/26/2024

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"Tatsuya Nakamura (中村 達也 Nakamura Tatsuya, born January 4, 1965 in Toyama Japan) is a Japanese musician, drummer, actor and founder of Japanese band LOSALIOS.

Tatsuya Nakamura was active in his teens as a drummer in various bands such as Oxydoll, Genbaku Onanies, The Stalin, The GOD, Masturbation, Nickey & The Warriors, The Star Club. After coming up to Tokyo, he went wrong and hunted the leather jacket of motorcycle gangs around Kanto, and he competed with his fellows for the number. When Nakamura had time job at a record store, he found a kindred spirit in Kenichi Asai whom he met by chance at a disco. Then, Nakamura & Asai formed Blankey Jet City with Toshiyuki Terui in 1990.

Nakamura started a design for his solo works "Love Shop Losalios" which he composes all by himself in 1996, and he released 1st album "Sekaichizu wa Chi no Ato (世界地図は血の跡 World map is a trace of blood)" in which many musicians, such as Asai, Terui, Ken Morioka, and Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, participated under the name of Losalios in November 1999.

Blankey Jet City disbanded in 2000. Nakamura restarted Losalios in 2002. Nakamura released the collaboration album "Buck Jam Tonic" of John Zorn and Bill Laswell in 2003. Nakamura formed Twin Tail with Toshiyuki Terui, Yuji Katsui (ROVO) and others in 2006. Nakamura is active under the name of Friction with Reck at present.

Nakamura starred in the movie "Yomigaeri no Chi (蘇りの血 the blood of the resurrection, Director: Toshiaki Toyoda)" released in December 2009. Nakamura appeared on the last episode of NHK Taiga drama "Ryōmaden" in 2010."

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

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Track Listing:



CD 1



1. Jiblet 2:11

2. Innerconnection 24:52

3. The Probe 12:36

4. Ghosts 15:27

CD 2



1. Entering / Congeniality / Pagan Spain 32:27

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