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Wright, Jack / Ron Stabinsky: Just What You Need Today (Spring Garden Music)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing pianist Ron Stabinsky joins free jazz saxophonist Jack Wright for a wild session pushing both players into adventurous territory, Stabinsky taking up the trumpet and using dental floss, light bulbs and other objects inside the piano.

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Label: Spring Garden Music
Catalog ID: SGM 24
Squidco Product Code: 22517

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Spring Garden Music Annex in Eason, Pennsylvania in December 2008.


Jack Wright-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

Ron Stabinsky-piano, objects

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"Jack Wright was born Pittsburgh PA in 1942 and grew up around Philadelphia and Chicago. He began playing saxophone in 1952, with private instruction; also singing in groups large and small through 1964, including a blue grass trio (playing washtub bass), which recorded an album, "Undertaking Bluegrass." After this he ceased playing music. He attended Lafayette College in Easton PA, where he studied European history and literature and graduated 1964; Johns Hopkins University, MA in European history, 1972; taught history at CCNY in NY and then Temple U. 1967-72, after which he left the academic world. In this latter period he was involved in left politics, organizing mainly on a community level, and began to become involved with music again.

Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 72 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. And he continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king"."

-Jack Wright Website (

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"Ron Stabinsky recently released his debut album, Free for One, the culmination of more than a decade of evolving his improvised solo language. In addition to continuing to pursue his ongoing interest in solo piano improvisation, he enjoys working on music in a stylistically diverse array of situations throughout the United States and Europe with many other musicians and ensembles, including free-improvising saxophonist Jack Wright, bass trombone virtuoso David Taylor, Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood, and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Recent festival appearances include Newport Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Moers Festival (Germany), Jazzfestival Saalfelden (Austria), Outreach Festival (Austria), and Jazz and More Festival Sibiu (Romania). He is currently a regular member of the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the new music ensemble Relâche, the Charles Evans Quartet, and the Peter Evans Quintet."

-Ron Stabinsky 10/18/2021

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track listing:

1. This 40:48

2. And That 37:03

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"Ron and I began playing together in 2007 with sessions at the house in Easton. I was still often playing minimal sounds and Ron was venturing inside the piano, using dental floss, which he tied to the strings, a 75 foot extension cord, which he never actually used but always brought along, a basket of used light bulbs, and other objects. He can also be heard on trumpet in this session from Dec. 2008."-Spring Garden Music

"Any resolve in Jack Wright's music carries further possibilities along with it. It's why his music moves continuously forward - and never seems to have an ending. Ron Stabinsky's day job is as the pianist in Mostly Other People Do The Killing - and here he joins Wright on piano, trumpet and "objects". Here Stabinsky is given complete freedom to play as "out" as possible - and he leaps at the opportunity. For his part, Wright goes even farther out than on the Meet & Greet recording, creating a total sound object of the saxophone.

Stabinsky's treated piano is all over the map, sounding like a hive of bees - or giant springs being pounded against car parts - while Jack grumbles and farts responses that almost generate actual stink from the speakers. The sounds and pops that are a Jack trademark are met with often beautifully incomprehensible responses from Stabinsky. The dialogue is often quiet, thoughtful; and if a concept like "free math" has never existed, please consider this recording to be a proposal. Logic is a crucial component of these conversations; but to pin the particulars down in any exact measurement would be futile.

Have you ever experienced an epiphany that all is somehow naturally perfect and you'd simply been looking too hard for answers? Perhaps a moment when birdsong, traffic, wind - the sounds of the natural world colliding with man-made "progress" - all sound somehow divinely composed? I'm not going to so far as to say "free math" could be the finger pointing to some universal truth; but it's certainly more interesting than any conceptual system I've encountered. "-Tom Burris, Free Jazz Blog

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