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Longhand (Tony Wilson / Peder Long) with special guests Jesse and Josh Zubot: Plays Long (Drip Audio)

Vancouver mainstay, guitarist and composer Tony Wilson leads Longhnad, performing the energetically twising and turning, genre-spanning music of composer and saxophonist Peder Long, a mentor to Wilson while studying at Malaspina College, in a band with Vancouver collaborators Russell Sholberg (bass), Skey Brooks (drums), Jesse Zubot (violin) and Joshua Zubot (violin).
 

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Tony Wilson-guitar, kora, kalimba

Russell Sholberg-bass, musical saw

Skye Brooks-drums, percussion

Jesse Zubot-violin, electronics

Joshua Zubot-violin, electronics


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UPC: 87553102403

Label: Drip Audio
Catalog ID: DA02040
Squidco Product Code: 33450

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver, BC, Canada, on October 25th, 2018, by John Raham.

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"In the 1980's Vancouver's favourite underground cult figure guitarist Tony Wilson studied jazz guitar at Malaspina College in Nanaimo, BC (Canada). It was during this time that he met the unique composer and saxophonist, Peder Long. Initially the two musicians played jazz standards together. As their musical relationship developed they began to perform Peder's original compositions in various ensembles and such. Wilson then moved to Vancouver and focused on his own career as a composer and bandleader. Throughout this time, Wilson would bring some of Peder's tunes to his own ensembles and he thought about making a dedicated recording of Peder's music. Longhand Plays Long is that recording! Peder Long has long been out of the Vancouver underground music scene, but this album brings promise for his return.

Longhand, led by Wilson, has been together for fifteen years, recording original music and performing within Canada and Europe. With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Longhand was able to add renowned violinist brothers Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Fond of Tigers) and Josh Zubot (In the Sea, Ratchet Orchestra, Land of Kush) to the trio and record ten of Peder's tunes which were arranged for the quintet by Wilson.

Longhand Plays Long touches on many musical genres. The opening track Fantasy Alternatives is a straight, hard hitting rocker with surprising melodic detours. Akimbo has an afro beat vibe. The appearance of the Kora (a West African string instrument) offers a sonic surprise while improvisation takes place over an insistent bass vamp. Soul Eternal, a most pensive composition, is performed by solo guitar. Chicken Grease alternates between funk and swing grooves in the melody and solos. The last track Let's Call it a Night has the Zubot's playing an unpredictable creepy melody over guitar loops along with the musical saw and free drum accompaniment. Long's compositions are severely unpredictable and offer many twist and turns.

Tony Wilson has shared the stage with international artists such as Vinny Golia, William Parker, Wilbert de Joode, Gerry Hemmingway, Han Bennink, Marilyn Lerner, Toby Delius, Benoit Delbecq & Eric Boeren in the US and Europe."-Drip Audio


Artist Biographies

"Vancouver's Coastal Jazz and Blues hails him as "unquestionably one of the most original guitar stylists on the Canadian scene". Down Beat Magazine entitles him as "...a talismanic West Coast figure." Tony Wilson has studied with many acclaimed jazz musicians including Dave Holland, John Abercrombie, Kevin Eubanks and Steve Coleman and has shared the stage with well know international artists such as William Parker, Gerry Hemingway, Han Bennink, Toby Delius, Benoit Delbecq & Eric Boeren. As a composer, he has been commissioned by Standing Wave, Joe Trio, the Little Chamber Music Society, New Orchestra Workshop and the Hard Rubber Orchestra. He has released six CDs under his own name for the Drip Audio recording label. Favourable reviews of his work have appeared in Downbeat, the Wire, Exclaim and Signal to Noise among other publications."

-Pugs and Crows (http://pugsandcrows.com/about/)
2/28/2024

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"Russell Sholberg is a jazz and roots bass player from Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is known for the groups Aeroplane Trio, Cat Toren Band, Something About Reptiles, The Flying Folk Army, The Tony Wilson Sextet, Tyson Naylor Trio, Zeellia."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1891161-Russell-Sholberg)
2/28/2024

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Skye Brooks is a Canadian drummer performing on the Vancouver scene. He is known for the groups Aeroplane Trio, Copilots, Fond Of Tigers, Inhabitants, The Tony Wilson Sextet, Tommy Babin's Benzene, Tyson Naylor Trio, Almost Transparent Blue.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1553293-Skye-Brooks)
2/28/2024

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"Jesse Zubot is one of those unique musicians/producers whose praxis spans multiple genres and transcends contextualization into an idiom. Between moments of impassioned, visceral outburst and quite emotive sensitivies, Zubot exposes the full range of affects through a pristine sonic architecture. Zubot a 3-time Juno Award winning musician/producer with avant-rock band Fond of Tigers (2011), chamber folk-jazz ensemble The Great Uncles of the Revolution (2004) and roots instrumentalists Zubot & Dawson (2003). Zubot produced the Polaris Music Prize winning album 'ANIMISM' by Tanya Tagaq which was released in 2014. This album also garnered Zubot a nomination for 'Producer of the Year' at the 2015's Juno Awards. In the fall of 2010 Jesse won the 'Multimedia' award for his work on the score for Tungijuq (w/ Tanya Tagaq) at the 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards. Tungijuq was produced by Isuma (Atanarjuat) and was selected for Sundance, The Toronto Film Festival and the ImagineNATIVE film festival where it won for Best Short. Zubot has also composed extensively for modern dance. A recent highlight was the presentation of Body Scan (Choreographed by Benoit Lachambre & Su-Feh Lee : Score by Jesse Zubot) at the prestigious Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. In the past decade Jesse has delved heavily into the world of improvised and creative music having worked with the likes of Francois Houle, Tanya Tagaq, Peggy Lee, Evan Parker, Eugene Chadbourne, Mats Gustafsson, Matthew Bourne, Dylan van der Schyff, Joe Fonda, Fred Frith, Eyvind Kang and Nels Cline and many others. In 2005 Zubot started Drip Audio ("...one of the most original musical operations in the country." - CBC Arts Online), a record label dedicated to creative music. Drip Audio now has 35 albums under it's umbrella by musicians from Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York and the UK. Zubot is also sought after in the contemporary/commercial music world and has been a guest musician working with artists such as Dan Mangan, Destroyer, Mira Calix, Hawksley Workman, Kelly Joe Phelps, Veda Hille, Amy Millan, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Mother Mother and Stars. J Zubot was named 'Violinist of the Year' at Canada's National Jazz Awards in '03, '08 and '09 and has also been commissioned by the CBC to write symphonies & arrangements for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia.

In 2014 Jesse premiered his first full string quartet at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in conjuction with Vancouver's Western Front for the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award. 2014 also saw the release of 'Hector and the Search for Happiness', a feature film starring Simon Pegg, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard and Rosamund Pike in which Jesse did the score for with Vancouver's Dan Mangan. Jesse composed and arranged music for the film that was performed by the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg (Potsdam, Germany). This score was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in January 2015.

Some of Jesse's performance highlights in the past few years include ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum (Aarhus, Denmark), Time-Based Arts Festival (Portand, OR), Luminato Festival (Toronto, ON), Festival International du Film Insulaire de Groix (Iles de Groix, France), End of the Road Festival (Wiltshire, UK), Expo (Shanghai, China), WOMAD (Australia / New Zealand), Druga Godba (Ljubljana, Slovenia), WOMAD (Wiltshire, UK), Festival of World Cultures (Dublin, Ireland), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Kronos in Glasgow (Glasgow, UK), London International Festival of Exporatory Music (London, UK), The Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey, CA), The Winnipeg New Music Festival, Festival International de Musique Actuelle (Victoriavillle, Quebec), The Mulhouse Music Festival (Mulhouse, France), Era Jazzu (Poland), The Montreal International Jazz Festival, the New York Guitar Festival, The Guelph Jazz Festival, Traz & Folk Fest (Rudolstadt, Germany), The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Calgary Folk Festival, Spilimbergo Folkfest (Italy) and The Atlantic Jazz Festival (Halifax, NS)."

-Jesse Zubot Website (http://www.jessezubot.com/index.php?content=bio)
2/28/2024

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"Joshua Zubot is a musician who spent his younger years honing his skills in the West. Gaining ground internationally, Josh toured with the former Barrage group from 1997-2002.

Moving to Montreal in 2003, Josh finished his BFA in Electroacoustic Studies after 4 years. In 2005, he produced his first solo album, Crouched Head, on the Drip Audio Label.

He now freelances full-time as a violinist. Mainly, Josh is a performer/composer fusing many means of styles through his violin. These styles range from somewhere in the middle of jazz, free jazz, avant garde, contemporary classical, folk, improvisational, rock and electronic.

Since then he has developped through the avant-garde scene in Montreal producing his own albums: Subtle Lip Can, Mendham, and Land of Marigold.

Over the last decade, Josh has played with numerous different groups and individuals. Some collaborations were with Chad VanGaalen, Lori Freedman, Patrick Watson, William Parker, Pierre-Yves Martel, Michael Blake, Bernard Falaise, Rainer Wiens, Michel F Coté, Sam Shalabi, Miles Perkin, Myra Melford, Marshall Allen, Fred Frith, Matana Roberts, Jean Derome, Malcom Goldstein, Pierre Tanguay, Martha Wainwright, John Butcher, to name a few.

Josh performed in the Mozg Festival (Poland),International Festival de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Guelph Jazz Festival, X Avant New Music Festival L'Off Festival de Jazz de Montreal, Suoni Per Il Popolo, Sound Travels (Sound Art Festival in Toronto), Guelph Jazz Festival, Osheaga, Pop Montreal, NXNE, as well as numerous festival circuits in Europe."

-Joshua Zubot Website (http://www.joshzubot.ca/bio.html)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Fantasy Alternatives 03:31

2. Catdance 04:02

3. Akimbo 04:10

4. The Exotic Popsicle 03:45

5. Road Hazards 03:13

6. Soul Eternal 02:24

7. Chicken Grease 05:36

8. Plaid Community Bazaar 04:51

9. Thunderbird 05:30

10. Let's Call It A Night 02:13

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