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"Follow a river from the source's gentle percolations, through the rushing rapids and, ultimately, to the point at which it joins the ocean's vastness for the elemental and biographical life-cycle voyage. It transports, it connects, it ...
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Label: Fundacja Sluchaj!
Catalog ID: 14 | 2022
Squidco Product Code: 32391
Format: 3 CDs
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 4 Panels
Recorded live at the Southend Music Works in Chicago, Illinois, on April 24th and 25th,1992.
Hal Russell-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, trumpet, drums, percussion
Joel Futterman-piano, curved soprano saxophone, Indian flute, percussion
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"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)
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1. The Chicago River Part One 42:18
2. The Chicago River Part Two 34:35
1. The Chicago River Part Three 13:25
2. The Chicago River Part Four 47:58
1. The Chicago River Part Five 43:43
2. The Chicago River Encore 15:01
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"Follow a river from the source's gentle percolations, through the rushing rapids and, ultimately, to the point at which it joins the ocean's vastness for the elemental and biographical life-cycle voyage. It transports, it connects, it replaces and it decomposes in order to redistribute itself and the unmoored objects it carries. Its powers of nourishment are as real as its cataclysmic strength. It is infused by its travels, tracing geography and culture along its disparately circuitous path, and, like the music made in these two concerts by Joel Futterman and the late Hal Russell, its journey constitutes a harmonic blend of the infinitesimally small with architectural forms and structures predicated on vast plains of historical backstory. Like the various gradations of water amidst multivalent environs, each musical moment exists but extends itself in context, connected to the last and prefiguring the next, flowing with the prescient spontaneity fostered by the trail-blazing felicities of a meeting of minds and spirits. It creates its own history while Gargantuan and inclusive reconfigurations occur, shaping the terrains over which these vast explorations in sound, each beginning with something as simple as a gesture of greeting in musical friendship, are facilitated as metaphorical boundaries are reconfigured and removed. The sounds we are now privileged to hear comprise stations, points of charged respite along a path like so many others in its stunning and transcendent uniqueness..."-Marc Medwin, liner notes
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