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Carter, Daniel / Steve Swell / Federico Ughi : Concrete Science (577 Records)

"Concrete Science is not a stiff, cerebral test of complex music. It is the natural unfettered dialogue between three masterful improvisers: saxophonist Daniel Carter, trombonist Steve Swell, and drummer Federico Ughi. Though cerebral i...
 

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Daniel Carter-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet

Steve Swell-trombone

Federico Ughi-drums


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UPC: 616892625421

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: 577-5
Squidco Product Code: 31960

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Lunchbox Studios, in Brooklyn, New York, on June 9th, 2003, by Zeke Zima.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Concrete Science is not a stiff, cerebral test of complex music. It is the natural unfettered dialogue between three masterful improvisers: saxophonist Daniel Carter, trombonist Steve Swell, and drummer Federico Ughi. Though cerebral in that concentration is necessary to improvise at the lofty levels captured here, the music never sounds forced or wonky. The brisk seventeen-minute workout "Now and Ever Resistance" is a high-intensity, up-tempo piece with swirling horns that Ughi punctuates with stabbing cymbals and rolling drums. As on the rest of the CD, no one overpowers the proceedings and the players comment as they please. The crisp recording, with the horns panned in the mix, allows the listener to readily identify what each musician plays-helpful given the extended techniques and rapidity of notes. "Soul's Underwood Tunnels" explores more spacious and introspective terrains, with quieter dynamics provided by Carter's flute and Swell's mute. The movement is sparse, thoughthe two horns match wits with unison stops and starts, effectively injecting space and illuminating the players' synchronicity. Blasting density resumes on "Middleclass Madness," though the piece devolves into hushed tones, with Ughi laying out for a stretch. When he returns, the piece builds a startling crescendo to a bombastic conclusion. "Our Own Fingerprints" and "Concrete Science" test opposite ends of the spectrum: the former features a fleet Swell run with drum accompaniment and a blistering Carter clarinet; the latter closes the recording somberly with atmospheric textures and some warm, sustained unison tones. With the uncommon sax/bone/drums lineup, the results are solid and disciplined, perhaps Concrete Science after all."-Sean Patrick Fitzell, All About Jazz


Artist Biographies

"Daniel Carter (born December 28, 1945, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American experimental saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player active mainly in New York City since the early 1970s.

Carter is a prolific performer and has recorded or performed with William Parker, Federico Ughi, DJ Logic, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sonic Youth, scientist/musician Matthew Putman, Cooper-Moore, Sam Rivers, David S. Ware, Yoko Ono, Living Colour, Medensky Martin and Wood and Jaco Pastorius among others. He is a member of the cooperative free jazz groups TEST and Other Dimensions In Music."

-577 Records (http://www.577records.com/danielcarter/)
4/17/2024

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"Born in Newark, NJ, Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artists on more than 100 other releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children.

Swell has worked on music transcriptions of the Bosavi tribe of New Guinea for MacArthur fellow, Steve Feld in 2000. His CD, "Suite For Players, Listeners and Other Dreamers" (CIMP) ranked number 2 in the 2004 Cadence Readers Poll. He has also received grants from USArtists International in 2006, MCAF (LMCC) awards in 2008 and 2013 and has been commissioned twice on the Interpretations Series at Merkin Hall in 2006 and at Roulette in 2012.

Steve was nominated for Trombonist of the Year 2008 & 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, was selected Trombonist of the Year 2008-2010 , 2012 and 2014-2015 by the magazine El Intruso of Argentina and received the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award of the Tides Foundation. Steve has also been selected by the Downbeat Critics Poll in the Trombone category each year from 2010-2016.

Steve is presently a teaching artist through the American Composers Orchestra, Healing Arts Initiative , Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center (Bronx), the Jazz Foundation of America and Leman Manhattan Preparatory School.

Steve was also awarded the 2014 Creative Curricula grant (LMCC) for the project: "Metamorphoses: Modern Mythology in Sound and Words" which was taught in a month long residency at Baruch College Campus High School in Manhattan."

-Steve Swell Website (http://www.steveswell.com/SteveSwellBio.htm)
4/17/2024

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"Federico Ughi is a drummer and composer based in New York. Federico Ughi's music infuses the New York avant-garde sound with a sense of melody inspired by the Italian classical and folk traditions of his childhood in Rome. Ornette Coleman has been a major influence for Federico as well as a mentor.

Born in Rome, Italy Federico relocated to London at age 21 to play music, from there moving to New York in 2000 again to play music. He has been based in Brooklyn, NY ever since.

He has performed or recorded with Daniel Carter, William Parker, The Cinematic Orchestra, Blue Foundation among others. Federico Ughi has performed throughout Italy, the UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Lithuania, China, Mexico, Canada and the US."

-577 Records (http://www.577records.com/federicoughi/)
4/17/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Now And Ever Resistance 17:09

2. Soul's Underwood Tunnels 12:34

3. Middleclass Madness 18:08

4. Our Own Fingerprints 7:18

5. Concrete Science 6:24

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Trio Recordings

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