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Futterman, Joel / Ike Levin (w/ guest Benjamin Tomassetti): Enigma (Charles Lester Music)

2005 freely improvised studio recordings from the duo of Ike Levin on tenor saxophone & bass clarinet and Joel Futterman on piano and, surprisingly, on soprano sax in duo with Levin, along with three trio recordings adding alto saxophonist Benjamin Tomassetti (who also engineered the session), all music collectively created "in the moment".
 

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UPC: 880372004529

Label: Charles Lester Music
Catalog ID: CLM 26-009
Squidco Product Code: 30128

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded in Virginia Beach, Virgina, and Newport News, Virgina, from July to August, 2005, by Benjamin Tomassetti.


Personnel:

Joel Futterman-piano, soprano saxophone

Ike Levin-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet

Benjamin Tomassetti-alto saxophone

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Artist Biographies:

"Joel Futterman, Piano and Indian Flute

Determined to push the limits of the piano to techniques never heard in jazz, Joel began a 25-year regimen of practicing 8-10 hours a day. During this period, he developed a three-hand technique based on completely autonomous playing between the hands. With more than 70 recordings, he is considered one of the most innovative yet enigmatic new music pianists.

Known for his spirited, highly imaginative, and innovative piano technique, Joel Futterman is an internationally recognized veteran pioneer into the frontiers of spontaneous, improvised music. He is considered one of the foremost inventive and adventurous artists shaping the creative, progressive music scene today. Futterman continuously pushes the limits of the piano as he explores new musical horizons. He has performed across North America and Europe including at such noted music festivals as the Tampere Jazz Festival in Finland, the Vision Festival in New York, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Guelph Festival in Canada. He has performed with such notable jazz innovators as Jimmy Lyons, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Paul Murphy, Joseph Jarman, Richard Davis, William Parker, Alvin Fielder, and Hal Russell; as well as Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, with whom he has had a highly productive association. For many years, Futterman has also played the Indian Wooden Flute.

Joel Futterman was born in Chicago, IL. He grew up and lived in Chicago until 1972. Joel had piano lessons from about age 9-11, then continued playing on his own, eventually studying theory and harmony with Alan Swain. Joel met Clarence (Gene) Shaw when he was 18 and studied with Clarence for two years. Clarence was an important influence at the time. One night Clarence invited Joel to his home for a party. He introduced Joel to Charles Mingus. Joel recalls that Mingus gripped his hand firmly and stared up at the ceiling.

Joel attended University of Illinois in Chicago obtaining a (B.S.). Herman Finer, professor of political science, was a profound influence and encouraged Joel to pursue his creative endeavors.

While Joel was in college, his mother passed away and he isolated himself and began practicing 12 to 16 hours a day. Practicing was the only comfort for him at this time.

Joel attended Northeastern University in Chicago and worked on an MS in Education. He was nine hours short of receiving the degree when he decided to leave Chicago. Joel did receive an MS in Education with an endorsement in Reading at Old Dominion University in 1975.

In 1972, Joel moved to Virginia, where he resides today, in a personal quest to develop his creative voice. His first album, CAFETERIA, was released in 1980 to considerable acclaim due to its originality. Since then, his recordings have included a number of jazz legends, such as Jimmy Lyons, Richard Davis, Hal Russell, William Parker and others. In 1994, photographer Michael Wilderman introduced Joel to Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, and since then Joel has enjoyed many rewarding musical collaborations with Kidd and drummer Alvin Fielder. Also, Joel Futterman has had a deep association with artist Ike Levin, founder of the Charles Lester Label."

-Joel Futterman Website (www.joelfutterman.com/about.htm)
5/12/2021

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"Ike Levin has been playing reed instruments professionally for over 28 years. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Ike was an active performer in the windy city's vibrant jazz, blues, and new music scene before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area. He studied music composition at the Roosevelt University Conservatory of Music and in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While a student, Ike performed as a regular member of the University of Illinois Jazz Orchestra and played with the Jazz Members Big Band comprised of many of the Chicago area's top jazz musicians who used the Band as a forum for original arrangements and experimental compositions. Ike studied privately with legendary jazz saxophone master Joe Daley who helped him develop his technique and establish his neo-bop foundations.

Ike also studied with Fred Anderson, one of the co-founders of the Chicago based avant-garde jazz organization Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM). Under the tutelage of Fred Anderson Ike began to explore new musical frontiers for his improvisational work unencumbered by harmonic structures and strict time meter. As he tells it, "At first, I thought Fred was going to get me into abstract concepts of the music, but initially we used to play Charlie Parker heads over and over again together. He was getting me into Bird's amazing concept of phrasing which is the foundation of all improvisational work." However, his real development as a jazz musician came from listening and occasionally sitting in with the many great jazz artists who came through Chicago's jazz clubs during the 70's and early 80's. Whether its "straight ahead" or freer forms of jazz, Ike is never content to rely on clichés or simply replicate past musical phrases. Instead, he is always searching for new musical ideas and sounds all the while focusing on keeping the music swinging.

Ike's orientation to his instruments and approach to jazz improvisation has had a multitude of influences. Some of his major influences include the saxophonists John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Lyons, Sonny Rollins, and Dexter Gordon, as well as Albert Ayler. The music of Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus have also influenced his approach and concept of improvisation. Additionally, Ike identifies such 20th century composers as Bartok, Perdercki, and Boulez as influencing the way he conceives of musical composition and tonality.

In addition to Chicago and San Francisco, Ike has performed in cities across the US and Canada including Portland, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Toronto. For the past 7 years, Ike has had a very productive association with pianist Joel Futterman with whom he performs and records regularly. He has also performed with such internationally acclaimed musicians as Ira Sullivan, Robert Barry, Wilbur Campbell, Reggie Nicholson, Alvin Fielder, Ed Petersen, and Bay Area jazz stalwarts Oluyemi Thomas, Randall Hunt, Smiley Winters, Walter Savage, and Kash Killion. Ike has also led his own quartets and small ensembles comprised of veteran jazz talents."

-All About Jazz (https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/ikelevin)
5/12/2021

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Benjamin Tomassetti is a saxophonist, composer, sound engineer and educator. He was Asst Prof, Coord Music Engineering Tech, Hampton University, and holds a Masters in Music from Univ of Oregon and a DMA from the Univeristy of Oregon, 1995.-Squidco 5/12/2021

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track listing:


1. Convergence 10:44

2. Wonder 3:23

3. Discourse 3:27

4. Enigma 20:28

5. Formations 4:28

6. Riddlesques 5:02

7. Concilation 3:03

8. Urbanscapes 10:55

9. Assembly 1:48
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"This most recent collaboration between two spontaneous musicians, pianist Joel Futterman and reedman Ike Levin, finds them pushing the empathic envelope to discover new, blazing soundscapes in which to ply their art. Futterman, a reclusive genius with a rehearsal habit that stretches eight to ten hours a day, displays staggering technique with unending production of ideas. His partner, a Bay Area free music firebrand, matches Futterman's creative stamina, burning brightly and serving up a feast of musical fireworks on this hour-long extravaganza.

Enigma opens with "Convergence and some broiling piano work by Futterman. Levin blows in on tenor, and the duo redefines so-called energy music. Hand-scraped piano strings introduce "Wonder, with Levin sly and subtle on bass clarinet. Here, restraint and understatement rule. "Discourse features Futterman on soprano sax in a thoughtful call-and-response duo with Levin. The title track, at over twenty minutes, plays like a suite with truly unexpected deviations. Levin back on tenor suggests Rollins here and there; Futterman flashes lines on soprano while playing piano. After a truly boggling array of variations, Futterman softly voices tonal chords, and Levin follows the unexpected trend. The intensity rebuilds, and the music re-explodes.

Formations includes guest Benjamin Tomassetti on alto sax. Futterman returns to soprano for an evolving woodwind trio where players echo, answer, and transcend one another. Tomassetti returns for "Riddlesque, where Futterman returns to piano. Each player takes turns creating the melody. "Conciliation creates a haunting moment with the duo playing an introspective ballad.

These fearlessly adventurous musicians extend their string of remarkable recorded documents with Enigma, confounding expectations, except for their unswerving focus on excellence. "-Rex Butters, All About Jazz


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