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Rasmussen / Flaherty / Rowden / Corsano: Crying in Space (Relative Pitch)

A muscular album of free improvisation from the quartet of Mette Rasmussen on alto saxophone, Paul Flaherty on alto & tenor saxophones, Zach Rowden on contrabass and Chris Corsano on drums & percussion, recording live at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, starting like an Albert Ayler hymn and evolving through overlapping lines of controlled and sometimes wonderfully chaotic collective conversation.
 

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Mette Rasmussen-alto saxophone, objects

Paul Flaherty-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

Zach Rowden-contrabass

Chris Corsano-drums, percussion


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UPC: 5904224871444

Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPR1149
Squidco Product Code: 32987

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, Connecticut, June 23rd, 2019, by Greg DiCrosta.

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"A blisteringly sensitive assaultive slow dash concerning the heartbreaking space between and within solids. Two saxes, bass and drums freely improvising a restrained tantalizing acceptance."-Relative Pitch



"Once in a while there's something in a freely improvised session that screams out, letting you know that lightning has been captured, and that quality certainly applies to this scalding session recorded live at Firehouse 12 in New Haven Connecticut in June of 2019. Saxophonist Paul Flaherty, a gray eminence in the craggy western Massachusetts free improv scene, has a deep connection to drummer Chris Corsano, who has subsequently forged strong bonds with the Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen. Bassist Zach Rowden tends to work more in experimental contexts, but his fevering low-end here resoundingly affirms his gift for spontaneous music making. Flaherty and Rasmussen reveal a stunning rapport, feeding off one another's energy and responding with quicksilver alacrity. When the second long piece, 'What to Expect When Faking Your Own Death', surfaces you can hear the ecstatic course through Rasmussen's playing, literally gasping with delight - "Hey, man!" she exclaims, as if surprised by the stutter-step tones and pops she unleashes, organically building intensity and motion - and when she finishes there's a brief pause, as if everyone else has been lost in her reverie, too. That moment alone is worth the price of admission, but the rest of the session is almost as satisfying in its braided fury."-Peter Margasak, The Quietus


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Artist Biographies

"Mette Rasmussen is a Danish saxophone player based in Trondheim, Norway. She works in the field of improvised music, drawing from a wide range of influences, spanning free jazz to textural soundwork. Rasmussen works on exploring the natural rawness of her instrument - experimenting on what the saxophone is capable of in sound and expression, with and without preparations. Much in demand, she has performed with the likes of Alan Silva, Chris Corsano, Ståle Liavik Solberg, and with her Trio Riot group with Sam Andreae and David Meier."

-Cafe Oto (https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/artists/mette-rasmussen/)
5/28/2024

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"Paul Flaherty's total commitment to high-energy free improvisation has kept him deeply buried into the North-East US underground. The alto saxophonist (who later picked up the soprano and tenor sax as well) has been playing privately and self-releasing albums since the late '70s. The increase of interest in free jazz during the 1990s brought him out of his lair, releasing albums on Cadence, Tulpa, Ecstatic Yod, Boxholder, and his own labels (Zaabway, Wet Paint). His highly personal style and brut power can be compared to Peter Brötzmann and Ivo Perelman.

Flaherty was born in Hartford, Connecticut on November 6, 1948. He started to learn the saxophone in school at age 10. He played in school bands for six years and then dropped everything, education and music. His brother's amateur Beatles cover band made him realize that music comes from the heart (passion), not the mind (formal training). At the same time he discovered jazz through the radio and began to improvise over jazz records. He gave his first performance at age 23 and briefly played in John Ciffirelli and Gordon Cohen's bands. But his freeform improv was met with harsh reactions so he retracted to private sessions, looking for the right musicians to play with. In 1978 he cut his first LP In the Midst of Chaos with the group Orange (Barry Greika, Bob Laramie, Glen Peterson). His second album came out for years later and featured two guitarists (Froc Fillipetti and Bill Walach).

The 1980s was not a gentle decade on free improvisers. Besides stints as a street musician, Flaherty kept quiet, supporting himself as a housepainter. But in 1988 he met drummer Randall Colbourne, thanks to a mutual friend. The two hit it off, building a lasting friendship and partnership. Starting in 1989, they released ten albums of frantic improv, as a duet or with musicians like Mike Murray, Richard Downs, Steve Scholz, and Jim Hunt. The first of them, Endangered Species came out on Cadence, which greatly contributed to establish the saxophonist as a player worth keeping an eye on. The late 1990s saw him diversify his entourage. He has cut strong sessions with drummer Chris Corsano (The Hated Music) and trumpeter Greg Kelley (Sannyasi)."

-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/paul-flaherty-mn0000022289/biography)
5/28/2024

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Zach Rowden is a bassist and violinist from Richmond, Virginia now living in New Haven, Connecticut who works at Tri-Centric Foundation. He studied at University of Hartford. He is known for the group Tongue Depressor with Henry Birdsey.

-Squidco 5/28/2024

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"First spellbound by freely improvised music in the mid-1990s after witnessing performances by TEST, William Parker, Cecil Taylor, and others, Chris Corsano began a long-standing, high-energy partnership with Paul Flaherty in 1998. A move from western Massachusetts to the UK in 2005 led Corsano to develop an expanded solo music of his own, incorporating sax reeds, violin strings and bows, pot lids, and other everyday household items into his drum kit. In February 2006 he released his first solo recording, The Young Cricketer, and toured extensively throughout Europe, USA, and Japan. He spent 2007 and '08 as the drummer on Björk's Volta world tour, all the while weaving in shows and recordings on his days off with the likes of Evan Parker, Virginia Genta, and C. Spencer Yeh. Moving back to the U.S. in 2009, Corsano returned focus to his own projects, most notably a duo with Michael Flower, Rangda (with Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny) and solo work, now revamped to include synthesizers and contact microphones in addition to his drum set and home-made acoustic instruments.

In addition to the those mentioned above, he's also worked with, among others: John Edwards (released by: Clean Feed/Dancing Wayang), Jim O'Rourke & Akira Sakata (Drag City/Family Vineyard), Paul Dunmall (ESP-Disk), Nels Cline (Strange Attractors), Jessica Rylan (Load Records), Jandek (Corwood), Sunburned Hand Of Man (Manhand), MV&EE (Eclipse/Time-Lag), Vampire Belt (Open Mouth), Joe McPhee (Roaratorio), and Wally Shoup (Leo/Columbia Japan)."

-Chris Corsano Website (http://www.cor-sano.com/bio.html)
5/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. The Hesitant Nature Of Doubt (Shadow Chase) 20:24

2. What To Expect When Faking Your Own Death 17:16

3. Industrial Sabotage Friday 4:21

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Quartet Recordings
Collective Free Improvsation
New in Improvised Music

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