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Polyorchard (David Menestres / Jeb Bishop): Ink [2 CDs] (Out & Gone Records)

A remarkable set of duos recorded live at three concerts during April 2019 in Bloomington IN, Nashville, TN and Columbus, OH, between Polyorchard leader, double bassist David Menestres, and trombonist Jeb Bishop, two free improvisers using extended and unusual approaches to their instruments as a means to fascinating dialog as they engage their listeners.
 

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David Menestres-double bass

Jeb Bishop-trombone


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Label: Out & Gone Records
Catalog ID: OG13
Squidco Product Code: 29008

Format: 2 CDRs
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live in Bloomington Indiana, Nashville, Tennessee and Columbus, Ohio, on April 15th, 16th and 17th, 2019, by David Menestres. Mastered by Andrew Weathers.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

Liner Notes by Emily Leon:

"I began close listening to 1+1 in the Uwharrie Forest, the smallest of the four National Forests in North Carolina. I was listening to the black metal project Xasthur, and had spent days thinking intensely on the subject of grass and shades of green. Perhaps my listening to this album is more about black metal, herbaceous plants and the visible spectrum than one might think, as it's impossible for me to divorce the role my environment plays with the way I listen, the phenomenology of space acting upon me. I questioned whether I should listen to this album whilst asleep. I'm still awake.

This album is a work of spirals, a continuous curve traced by a point moving round a fixed point in the same plane while steadily increasing (or diminishing) its distance from this. Bishop's breath is a key component to the album, an active yet disembodied third player whilst Menestres' double bass often sounds like tree limbs feeding back on themselves, how we know wind makes itself heard.

As sculptors of sound, listening to these gentlemen might make you wonder what the aroma between two halos smells like, the nonphysical, psychical space where your sensory experience has no bounds. You might hear a phantom door open or the sound of bees. Menestres' ballooning is akin to the musique concrète of Pierre Henry on "Variations for a Door and a Sigh." Yet, the album is acoustic with no manipulation or application of audio effect. As it decays, Bishop's playing in the last track "genesis of the blue cell" becomes a voice. Something has come forth, an emergence. The album cycles and begins with breath in "early blooming parentheses." The ouroboros eats its tail."


Artist Biographies

"David Menestres is a bassist, composer, and writer currently living in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. David is the founder/leader of the Polyorchard ensemble and is the host and producer of Tone Science, a weekly two-hour radio show on taintradio.org since 2010."

-David Menestres Website (http://davidmenestres.com/bio/)
7/10/2024

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"Jeb Bishop was born in Raleigh, North Carolina during the Cuban missile crisis. He began playing the trombone at the age of 10, under the tutelage of Cora Grasser. Other influential teachers during junior high and high school included Jeanne Nelson, Eric Carlson, Richard Fecteau, Greg Cox, and James Cozart.

He majored in classical trombone performance at Northwestern University from 1980-82, studying with Frank Crisafulli. Deciding he did not want to pursue a career as an orchestral musician, he returned to Raleigh in 1982 and took up engineering studies at NC State University. Raleigh's developing underground rock scene attracted him, and from 1982-84 he played bass guitar in rock bands in the Raleigh area.

At the same time, he developed an interest in philosophy, eventually majoring in the subject, and spent 1984-85 studying philosophy at the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

Returing to Raleigh in 1985, he spent the next few years working at menial jobs and playing guitar, bass, cheap keyboards, drums, etc., in rock bands including and/or, the Angels of Epistemology, Egg, and Metal Pitcher.

In 1989 he left Raleigh to pursue graduate studies in philosophy, first at the University of Arizona, then at Loyola University of Chicago (where he was awarded the Crown Fellowship in the Humanities). During 1991-92 he returned to Europe, spending the summer of 1991 studying German at the Goethe-Institut Iserlohn (now closed), and then pursuing independent studies in philosophy at the French-language division of the University of Louvain.

Returning to Chicago in 1992, he completed his M.A. at Loyola in 1993. By this time he had already begun to make connections with improvising musicians in Chicago, having joined the Flying Luttenbachers as bassist (later adding trombone) in late 1992, and playing guitar occasionally in a quartet with Weasel Walter, Ken Vandermark, and Kevin Drumm. Other bands during this period included the Unheard Music Quartet (with Vandermark, Mike Hagedorn on trombone, and Otto Huber on drums) and the Rev Trio (with Walter and saxophonist Joe Vajarsky). Bishop played electric bass in both these bands.

In late 1995, Bishop joined the Vandermark 5 as one of its founding members, and remained with the band through the end of 2004. During this period he also became associated with many other groups, including the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, School Days, Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio, and became a very frequent participant in ad hoc and free-improvised concerts in Chicago. Bishop performed in the inaugural concerts of two of the longest-running free-music concert series in Chicago: the Myopic Books weekly concerts (originally at Czar Bar; with Rev Trio) and the Empty Bottle Wednesday night concert series (with a quartet of Terri Kapsalis, Kevin Drumm, and Jim O'Rourke). He curated the monthly Chicago Improvisers Group concerts at the Green Mill from 1999-2002, and co-curated the weekly Eight Million Heroes concert series at Sylvie's in 2005-6.

Bishop has made dozens of recordings with many different groups, has toured North America and Europe many times, and maintains a busy performing schedule."

-Jeb Bishop Website (http://www.jebbishop.com/jebbio.html)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. Early Blooming Parentheses 21:34

2. The Word In The Tree 14:18

3. Theater Of Closed Eyes 3:54

CD2



1. Written In Water 14:09

2. The Caesura Between 6:14

3. A Civil Tongue In Your Mouth 16:34

4. Genesis Of The Blue Cell 15:41

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Jazz
Stringed Instruments
Recordings featuring brass instruments - trumpets, trombones, tubas, other horns
Duo Recordings

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