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Ackerley, Jessica / Patrick Shiroishi: Extremities [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)

Employing a variety of strategies to free improv, guitarist Jessica Ackerley and saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi present 9 diverse dialogs, from nearly silent and introspective interaction to full blown exclamation, using exceptional technique to coax unusual sounds from their instruments, always in service to well conceived momentum and expression.

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Label: Notice Recordings
Catalog ID: NTR060
Squidco Product Code: 29914

Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded by Jared Rodriguez.


Jessica Ackerley-guitar

Patrick Shiroishi-saxophones, percussion

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"Extremities documents the first meeting of Jessica Ackerley and Patrick Shiroishi, recorded live in a basement apartment in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Both musicians come from strong improvised and free music scenes: Ackerley from NYC, and Shiroishi from L.A. There is a joyful sense of abandon here; the love affair each musician has with their instrument produces a dripping intensity, congealing upon impact with the physical, coalescing into a new form; fresh contours, rippled textures glinting in the atmosphere of passive space, as their musical chemistry manifests in instantaneous spurts. Stylistically, the album ranges from free jazz to noise and even serrated slices of metal. This makes for music constantly branching out from an agitated core: bulbous and irregular, and convolutedly engaging from start to finish."-Notice

"Extremities documents the first meeting of Brooklyn-based guitarist Jessica Ackerley and Los Angeles-based sax player-percussionist Patrick Shiroishi, recorded live in a basement apartment in Chinatown, Los Angeles. These young and fearless musicians come from strong free-improvised and free music scenes, and the sonic spectrum of their meeting ranges from free jazz to noise and even serrated slices of metal.

The nine improvised pieces are played with a strong and joyful sense of abandon, risk-taking and intensity but also with a playful sense of camaraderie. Each piece explores distinct dynamics and Different sonic possibilities. "Extremities" begin with the sparse and delicate gestures on "Popcorn Spackle" but both Ackerley and Shiroishi soon opt for a dense and physical interplay, dancing around each other and articulating their musical chemistry manifests in instantaneous spurts. The following "Muss Up" explodes with an acrobatic interplay of brutal, tortured sax shouts and raw and distorted guitar lines.

"Basement Runic" experiments with an almost silent drone with fleeting melodic veins. "Din Din Stridency" take this quiet mode to mysterious, exotic territories. The longest piece here. "Bulderdash" is a series of nervous and energetic collisions of machine-gun-like sax wails and cries and rough and thorny guitar lines. "Short Circuit" gravitates into an intense and noisy, rhythmic core, but "Drum and Paper" suggests a more restrained and somewhat ritualist and surprisingly quite melodic, rhythmic conversation of Ackerley and Shitoishi. They conclude this set of challenging, extreme duets with the brief, emotional and engaging "Hello Fairies"."-Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts

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Artist Biographies

"During the past decade, Jessica Ackerley has established herself on the Canadian and American music scenes as a unique and versatile guitarist, composer and bandleader. Born in Alberta, Canada, Jessica now resides in New York City, where she has worked alongside notable musicians such as Tyshawn Sorey, Daniel Carter, Marc Edwards, Luke Stewart, Patrick Shiroishi, and Jason Nazary, to name a few. She has performed at established venues like John Zorn's The Stone, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Blue Note, and has toured both as a bandleader and side musician throughout Canada and the United States. Her musical palette is diverse, split between highly refined compositional structure, free improvisation, and Black American Music, as well as noise soundscapes derived from experimental rock, as explored in her collaborative band, ESSi.

In 2017 and 2019, Ackerley released her debut and sophomore albums as a bandleader - Coalesce and A New Kind of Water - to much acclaim, making critics' year-end lists on Jazz Right Now, Avant Music News, Free Jazz Blog and Jazz Times Magazine. In 2019, she founded The Brink Guitar Festival, a four-day event featuring some of the most innovative players on the instrument such as Miles Okazaki, Elliott Sharp, Wendy Eisenberg, and Dan Lippel, among others. She has been commissioned by Adult Swim to compose and record a track for their 15-song Jazz compilation entitled New Jazz Century alongside other tracks by notable artists Matana Roberts, Anna Webber, and Jaimie Branch. As a recording artist, she has performed and released 11 albums as a side musician and bandleader to date. As an educator and mentor, she has lectured at Grant MacEwan University and University of Toronto, as well as guided many aspiring musicians in private study throughout the years. Jessica continuously expands her musical horizons with various projects, never setting boundaries or compromising her limits as a guitarist and artist."

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Patrick Shiroishi is a Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist & composer based in Los Angeles.

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Track Listing:


1. Popcorn Spackle 5:45

2. Muss Up 3:33

3. Meteoric Deed 1:52

4. Basement Runic 5:12

5. Din Din Stridency 5:20


1. Bulderdash 10:04

2. Short Circuit 3:52

3. Drum And Paper 8:12

4. Hello Fairies 0:43

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