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Flaherty, Paul / Jim Matus / Larry Derdeyn: Wednesday Weld (577 Records)

An album of heavy electric jazz denoted by legendary free jazz saxophonist Paul Flaherty on alto & tenor, with long-time collaborators through a variety of settings, Jim Matus on electric & baritone guitars and Larry Derdeyn on keyboards; a collective trio of serious sonic force and momentum, complementing each other by welding illumination into dark spontaneous composition.

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UPC: 755491274286

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: CD-577R-5880
Squidco Product Code: 33297

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Paranoise Studio, in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 3rd, 2006, by Jim Matus.


Paul Flaherty-tenor saxophone, alto saxophone

Larry Derdeyn-keyboards

Jim Matus-electric guitar, baritone guitar

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"Musician Paul Flaherty believes that the difference between pre-composed music and free-form improvisational music is a bifurcation of the mind, "The logical mind is reduced to a witness during free playing and the emotional mind is fully released." Free from concept, outline or even leadership, the music is a free-form experience.

This is realized on the newest release from Paul Flaherty (Tenor sax, alto sax) and his long-time collaborators Jim Matus (Electric guitar, Baritone guitar) and Larry Derdeyn (Keyboards). Though all of the musicians had played together in some arrangement since the 80's, they finally joined to improvise as a trio. Decades in the making, the album came together as spontaneous compositions, represented by freeform records."-577 Records

Artist Biographies

"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 (

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Larry Derdeyn is a pianist and keyboard player based in Oviedo, Spain. He is known for the group Leland Burr.

-Squidco 9/27/2023

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"About Jim Matus
Composer, band leader, arranger, guitarist, vocalist, teacher and studio engineer, specializing in progressive world fusion, jazz, rock and improvisatory music. Inventor of the LAOUTAR, a unique mandocello/Greek lute hybrid, for which he has composed and performed a growing repertoire of solo and duo pieces.

Work with musicians Don Cherry, Hassan Hakmoun, Anthony Jackson, Dave Weckl, Percy Jones, Veiux Farka Toure, Alicia Svigals, James Montgomery, Grace Kelly, Soft machine's Hugh Hopper, and Shane Shanahan of the Silk Road Project, among others.

Guitar and Composition studies at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA); guitar studies with Pat Metheny and John Scofield"

-Jim Matus Website (

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Track Listing:

1. What It Melted On Is Also Gone 9:27

2. The Gloaming 7:21

3. Furious The Unheard 13:48

4. Shadow Sees It's Groundhog 16:10

5. Rumble Still 24:41

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