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Kuhn, Peter (w/ Cline/ Clucas / Sewelson / Walton): Dependent Origination (FMR)

Multi-reedist Peter Kuhn returned to the San Diego scene in 2013, forming the Dependent Origination band with a core of drummer Alex Cline and saxophonist Dave Sewelson, referencing the Buddhist concept of interdependent co-arising; 4 years later this album adding Dan Clucas (cornet) & Scott Walton (bass) represents the current state of this excellent collective band.

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UPC: 748079797093

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: 478-1117
Squidco Product Code: 25297

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Rarefied Studio in San Diego, California, on March 27th, 2017, by Chris Hobson.


Peter Kuhn-clarinet, tenor saxophone

Alex Cline-drums, percussion

Dan Clucas-cornet

Dave Sewelson-baritone saxophone, sopranino saxophone

Scott Walton-bass

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"Clarinetist Peter Kuhn came up in the 1970s. In those days, one could count the number of modern jazz clarinet specialists on one hand: John Carter, Perry Robinson, Theo Jorgensmann, Alvin Batiste and-if you include the bass clarinet-Michel Pilz. So, one hand and a finger. Still associated with Benny Goodman, Dixieland and Swing, the clarinet was considered deeply uncool in the age of fusion. The uncompromising music of these brave souls did little to sway anyone who was not predisposed towards the oddball avant-garde end of the jazz spectrum. All of this changed, however, during the 1980s. Kuhn's work got documented on top-drawer European labels such as Black Saint and Hat Hut. Via a string of undeniably magical recordings for Gramavision and Black Saint, John Carter's genius as an instrumentalist and composer was finally recognized in glossy jazz periodicals. A new generation of clarinetists, led by Don Byron, started getting some attention which led to clarinet-led gigs and major label recordings with the likes of Jack DeJohnette and Bill Frisell. Tragically, as the stock of jazz clarinet rose, the avatars of that previous generation did not fare well at all. Carter died far too young, while Kuhn and Robinson slowly sank into even greater obscurity.

Several decades on, Kuhn has revitalized his music career while finding deeper meaning by practicing in the Plum Village Zen Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. These days, his main gig is helping others find freedom from addiction via the Prison Meditation Project of San Diego, California. This has added considerable depth to Kuhn's music in unexpected ways. As Kuhn himself puts it, "The beautiful thing is that I have a life of meaning and value before I pick up the horn. I'm not living a life predicated on the success of a record or the next gig. My life already has meaning, and when I pick up the horn, I'm picking it up as a whole person, and anything from there is just abundance." "

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"Alex Cline (born January 4, 1956) is an American jazz drummer.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Cline began playing drums with his twin brother, guitarist Nels Cline, at the age of 11. Their first band was called Homogenized Goo and included David Hirschman on guitar. Alex Cline began a musical association with woodwind artist Jamil Shabaka in 1976 as "Duo Infinity". In 1977, he became a member of Vinny Golia's group as well as the Julius Hemphill Trio (along with Baikida Carroll), formed the electric improvisational trio Spiral (with brother Nels and synthesizer player and multi-instrumentalist Brian Horner) and began performing solo percussion concerts.

In 1979, Alex and Nels Cline, along with bassist Eric von Essen and violinist Jeff Gauthier, formed "Quartet Music", a group that enjoyed continued success in its performances and four recordings over an eleven-year period and was awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.

In 1982, Alex Cline made his solo debut with Not Alone (Nine Winds), a double LP of percussion music. In 1987, he recorded The Lamp and The Star (ECM), his first album as a bandleader-composer. As the leader of his own group, The Alex Cline Ensemble, he can be heard on Sparks Fly Upward and The Constant Flame, two releases on Cryptogramophone Records, an LA-based independent creative-jazz label. Cline's other improvisational collaborations include right of violet and The Other Shore, both with Jeff Gauthier and ex-Shadowfax guitarist G.E. Stinson, and Cloud Plate (Cryptogramophone) with Stinson, vocalist Kaoru and koto player Miya Masaoka.

Other groups Cline has led are Alex Cline's Band of the Moment and The Rain Trio (with Eric Barber and Scott Walton). He has also been involved in duo percussion collaborations with Ron George, Peter Erskine, Christopher Garcia, Andrea Centazzo, Gregg Bendian and Dan Morris, as well as involved in performing the works of composers such as Robert Eriksson, Harold Budd and David Means.

Cline has served as composer and/or performer for numerous modern dancers and dance companies in Los Angeles, including Margaret Schuette, Linda Fowler, the Momentum Company's "Soundspace" concerts, Dance/LA, the UCLA Dance Company and has enjoyed a longstanding involvement with Will Salmon's Open Gate Theatre company.

He has participated in performance collaborations with visual artists Yoshio Ikezaki, Norton Wisdom, Kio Griffith and 2-Tu. He has worked on feature and cable television film soundtracks, done numerous sound workshops and percussion clinics, plus lecture-demonstrations on Asian metal percussion instruments. Cline has also been the curator of the Open Gate Theatre's Sunday Evening Concerts series, a new music/creative jazz showcase held monthly in Eagle Rock, California (since 1997).

He also works as an interviewer/interview series developer-coordinator at the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research.

Cline has played on over eighty recordings, and has worked with Gregg Bendian, Tim Berne, Arthur Blythe, Bobby Bradford, John Wolf Brennan, John Carter, Buddy Collette, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Vinny Golia, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Joseph Jarman, Henry Kaiser, Yusef Lateef, Charles Lloyd, Myra Melford, Frank Morgan, Don Preston, Elliott Sharp, Wadada Leo Smith, Philip Gelb, Richard Grossman, and others."

-Wikipedia (

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"Dan Clucas is a trumpet player and composer living and working in Los Angeles. Born in Anaheim, California in 1966, he began playing trumpet at age ten, soon thereafter discovering the music of Dizzy Gillespie, which in turn led to a lifelong study of and respect for the African American music known as jazz. While he strives for individual statement in his music, Clucas also strives to acknowledge the imprint of past masters, from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. He has studied with Bobby Bradford and Wadada Leo Smith, and has performed and recorded over the last two decades with such L.A. luminaries as Nels Cline, Alex Cline, Steuart Liebig, Vinny Golia, Joe Baiza, Rich West, and Michael Vlatkovich, to name a few."

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"Dave Sewelson was born in Oakland, California, in 1952. There was a half-size violin kept in the closet in case he wanted to be a concert violinist. He played trumpet at the age of nine, moving to baritone horn at the age of eleven, followed by a stint on drums until settling on electric bass at thirteen, adding upright bass to the mix until the switch to saxophone at the age of twenty-one. He has specialized in the baritone saxophone since the early seventies.

Sewelson arrived in New York City in the summer of 1977, settled in the East Village becoming an active member of the Downtown Scene, playing with the 25 O'Clock Band, Jemeel Moondoc's Jus Grew Orchestra, William Parker's Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra and Saheb Sarbib's Multinational Big Band and the Microscopic Septet. He has played with many wonderful musicians, including, Billly Bang, John Zorn, Peter Kuhn, Alex Cline, Roy Campbell, Sonny Murray, Kidd Jordan, Daniel Carter, Will Connell and Stephanie Stone.. Dave's current projects include, Two Sisters Inc. with David Hofstra and Claire Daly, a quartet with Peter Kuhn, Smooth Freejazz, Sewelsonics, and The Daves."

-Dave Sewelson Website (

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"Scott Walton has performed with George Lewis, Wadada Leo Smith, John Carter, Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, Quincy Troupe, Ray Anderson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Clifford Jordan, and Al Cohn, among others. He has collaborated with poets, dancers, performance artists, and filmmakers. Current projects as a bassist in addition to Cosmologic include the Vinny Golia Quintet, the Rain Trio (with Alex Cline and Eric Barber), and ongoing work with Harris Eisenstadt, Erik Griswold, and Jason Stanyek. As a pianist he has commissioned and premiered works by numerous composers (David Lipten, most recently), has toured with the Octagon Ensemble, and has collaborated in interactive computer and multimedia performances with Vibeke Sorenson and Harry Castle. He is currently performing music of Henry Cowell, and an improvised interpretation of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata. Walton is featured on recent CD releases by the Vinny Golia Quintet (One, Three, Two), O'Keefe, Stanyek, Walton, Whitehead (Tunnel), Nathan Hubbard (Skeleton Key Orchestra), Jeff Kaiser (17 Themes for Ockodektet), Chris Chafe (Arcology), and Anthony Davis (Tania). He has recorded on the Soul Note, Nine Winds, JazzHalo, Circumvention, pfMentum, Koch, Innova, Centaur, Albany, and Revelation labels. He is a member of the San Diego based Trummerflora Collective." (

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track listing:

1. Aspiration 38:07

2. The Nibbler 3:58

3. The Way Out (Is In) 8:48

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"In 2013, when clarinetist-saxophonist Peter Kuhn decided to officially return to the music scene after 27 years away from it with a concert event in San Diego, he assembled an ensemble of old and new friends and dubbed it Dependent Origination. This was a direct reference to the Buddhist concept of manifestation also known as interdependent co-arising and a sign that Kuhn was integrating all aspects of his life in this new music, emphasizing the importance of the supportive collective energy of his special musical friends. Among those he recruited for the event were longtime colleague and loyal friend baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson, who to flew in from New York, and his Dharma brother, the highly regarded drummer-percussionist Alex Cline, who drove up from Los Angeles. Dave was instrumental to Kuhn's return to music with encouragement and the gift of a bass clarinet, as was Alex Cline, ordained with Kuhn in the Plum Village Zen Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and friend since high school.

The band known as Dependent Origination has included a number of notable participants over the years, including Hugh Ragin and Wayne Horvitz. But Kuhn, Cline and Sewelson have remained at the core, providing a stable nucleus that is grounded in a shared vision for musical liberation and ever deepening brotherhood. In recent years the group has essentially stabilized with the addition of cornetist Dan Clucas and bassist Scott Walton, both veteran artists of exceptional ability, versatility, and sensitivity perfectly attuned to the group's collaborative musical identity. This quintet lineup has had the opportunity to play and tour together on the West Coast of the United States and has further developed its remarkable chemistry and rapport.

This set, released as their debut CD on FMR Records, was recorded on November 6, 2016 and represents the group's collective energy at its most spirited, intense, and joyous. Playing before an appreciative and enthusiastically supportive audience at the Center for the Arts in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles as part of the monthly Open Gate Theatre Sunday evening concerts series, a series of unusual and challenging music curated by Cline which, together with his partner in the venture Will Salmon, has been continuing for over twenty years, the quintet demonstrated that evening where its shared musical manifestations can go with a potent, dynamic, and varied offering, all of which, like all its sets of music, is completely freely improvised. With no prior discussion of musical direction or parameters, the group simply begins playing, and their collective musical instincts, experience, ideas, influences, sensitivity, and energy are immediately engaged, the music unfolding in the present moment in a spontaneous and purely honest manner. The result is music that takes the musicians and the listeners on an enthralling sonic journey in which a full spectrum of creative jazz and improvised music's deep, grand, and noble traditions can be discerned. With each distinctive accomplished artist contributing his own unique voice to the unified musical amalgam, the band emerges as a captivating representation of the concept that serves as its name: Dependent Origination, where each present element is dependent on one another in order to manifest, and do so beautifully."-FMR

"Kuhn's every bit as vibrant as he was as a force on the avant scene of the late 70's and early 80's! As before, Kuhn handles a lot of - flat and bass clarinet- but he also blows a bit of tenor and alto too - shaping sounds in very open territory, in a trio with Kyle Motl on bass and Nathan Hubbard on drums, in a mix of freedom and spirituality..." - Dusty Groove, Jazz Chill "Kuhn's present work on The Other Shore is relaxed and assured. His bass clarinet is capable of languid insouciance or corkscrew runs. His tenor can be as slack as a junkie on the nod, as on "unstrung heroes," or hard-edged. Nathan Hubbard's drums push against Kuhn, while bassist Kyle Motl is both percussive and harmonically challenging to the horns." - Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat The Peter Kuhn Trio is back with Intention, in this exciting new release on FMR Records. In this music, Kuhn, Motl, and Hubbard display an ever-deepening rapport and nuanced communication that reflects their clear commitment to musicalexcellence as individuals and a working trio. Firmly grounded in a number of traditions, musical and otherwise, the music on this record develops from the seed of inten- tion. Every stroke, breath, or pluck is placed just so; with meaning and purpose: to honestly reflect the fragility, resilience and grandeur of our human experience, expressing the inexpressible tapestry of life and our collective capacity for spiritual awakening. This music is a cry for our planet and all beings, encouraging us to embrace the moment with an ever-deepening intention. May this music aid listeners in achieving freedom from duality through the opening of the ears and softening of the heart. Released from attachment, may we harmonize with all; growing our compassion, helping one another to find freedom from afflictions."-FMR

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