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Williams, Chris / Patrick Shiroishi: Sans Soleil II [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

The second chapter in the duo of West Coast improvisers Chris Williams on trumpet, cornet, objects & mutes and Patrick Shiroishi on alto, soprano and tenor saxophones plus snare drum, essentially a free jazz outing of six fascinating dialogs, from call and response to pointillistic interaction, a masterful display of assertive playing through intensive listening.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS215CAS
Squidco Product Code: 33206

Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded by Jared Rodriguez.


Chris Williams-trumpet, cornet, objects, mutes

Patrick Shiroishi-alto, soprano and tenor saxophones / snare drum

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"For their follow-up to 2021's San Soleil, experimental musicians Chris Williams and Patrick Shiroishi have released San Soleil II, a freeform collection of songs which makes use of trumpet, cornet, various types of saxophones, snare drum, and "objects" (I'm still parsing out what that might be) to construct a disorienting and loosely woven exploration of jazz in various forms. Throughout the six songs here, these two artists highlight the variable range of these instruments, pushing them to the limits of their intended use and other unanticipated applications. It brings to mind the hypnotic score for David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch, which featured music from Ornette Coleman and Howard Shore. Williams and Shiroishi display the same sort of relentless creativity that helped to soundtrack some of the great nightmare visions from that film. Images begin to form as the music draws you further into its capricious depths: saxophones bump and stomp through rain-drenched streets while different brass voices call out from the shadows of the surrounding buildings. It's all a bleary 3am cacophony, and San Soleil II is our point of contact with everyone and everything that resides within."-Joshua Pickard, Cassette Culture

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Artist Biographies

"Chris Williams. Instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

Being inspired by Jazz in his early years, Chris graduated from Middlesex University with a 1st class honours in Jazz Studies in 2004. Since then, he has been an active member of the thriving music scene in London covering genres far and wide; ranging from electro pop and left field rock to African folk and free improv. Being involved in this vast array of styles has allowed Chris to develop a unique voice both as a musician and composer. This has led to critical acclaim and awards for a number of bands, performances at prestigious venues and festivals, as well as numerous TV and radio sessions broadcast around the world.

As well as developing technical ability along with awareness of harmony and theory, Chris encourages students to embrace improvisation and explore music through their instrument; drawing a link between the music that one feels as a listener and the music that one plays as a young musician.

With Mercury-nominated Led Bib set to release their sixth album and recording dates scheduled for a number of other bands (Let Spin, Metamorphic, Arun Ghosh, Namvula) all in early 2017, Chris will also be undertaking an MA in Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, continuing his own development as a performer, composer, and music educator."

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

Solo Saxophone

Upsilon Acrux (w/ Noah Guevara, Dylan Fujioka, Mark Kimbrell & Paul Lai)

Corima (w/ Andrea Calderon, Paco Casanova, Ryan Kamiyamazaki & Sergio Sanchez)

In the Womb (sax-drum duo w/ Dylan Fujioka)

Oort Smog (sax-drum duo w/ Mark Kimbrell)

Nakata (sax-piano duo w/ Paco Casanova)

Sunreader (w/ Paul Carter & Ethan Sherman)

Hoboglyphs (w/ Henry Barajas, Jason Rodriguez & Jeeshaun Wang)

Black Sun Sutra (w/ Noah Guevara, Rob Magill, Ken Moore & Sergio Sanchez)-Patrick Shiroishi Website (

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Track Listing:


1. The Ghost Of A Ghost 1:21

2. I Earned Everything From Stone 13:11

3. June Water At The Roots Of A Hydrangea 13:03


1. Just By Being We Are Embodying 10:46

2. The Black Cuckoo Was Calling 18:32

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