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Sewelson, Dave / Stephen Moses / Jochem Van Dijk / Steve Holtje: Orca Uprising (MECHABENZAITEN)

As the availability of venues for free improv have dwindled through New York City, an emerging new "loft scene" has developed, one of them named simply Aron's Place, the home of Aron Namenwirth, whose 2023 series hosted the solid, free-wheeling quartet of Dave Sewelson on baritone saxophone, Stephen Moses on drums, Jochem van Dijk on electric bass and Steve Holtje on electric keyboard.

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Dave Sewelson-baritone saxophone

Stephen Moses-drums

Jochem van Dijk-electric bass

Steve Holtje-electric keyboard

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UPC: 825481900324

Catalog ID: MB 019CD
Squidco Product Code: 33605

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at AronŐs Place, on February 25th, 2023 by Aron Namenwirth.

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"A product of the fertile and prolific free-improvisation scene in New York City. With venues not always eager to host free improv, various musicians on the scene have taken inspiration from the 1970s loft scene, on a smaller scale, by putting on regular house concerts. The most famous of the current series is Andrew Drury's Soup and Sound; Aron Namenwirth's series Aron's Place is not far behind. (Both deep in the heart of Brooklyn, which is more freewheeling than Manhattan at this point.)

NYC free-jazz eminence grise Dave Sewelson (Microscopic Septet, Sedition Ensemble, various William Parker groups) and ESP-Disk' manager Steve Holtje (Caterpillar Quartet, This Humidity) put together this quartet, with Dave bringing in Stephen Moses (Alice Donut, Voltaire) and Holtje calling on frequent bandmate Jochem van Dijk."-MECHABENZAITEN

Artist Biographies

"Dave Sewelson was born in Oakland, California, in 1952. There was a half-size violin kept in the closet in case he wanted to be a concert violinist. He played trumpet at the age of nine, moving to baritone horn at the age of eleven, followed by a stint on drums until settling on electric bass at thirteen, adding upright bass to the mix until the switch to saxophone at the age of twenty-one. He has specialized in the baritone saxophone since the early seventies.

Sewelson arrived in New York City in the summer of 1977, settled in the East Village becoming an active member of the Downtown Scene, playing with the 25 O'Clock Band, Jemeel Moondoc's Jus Grew Orchestra, William Parker's Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra and Saheb Sarbib's Multinational Big Band and the Microscopic Septet. He has played with many wonderful musicians, including, Billly Bang, John Zorn, Peter Kuhn, Alex Cline, Roy Campbell, Sonny Murray, Kidd Jordan, Daniel Carter, Will Connell and Stephanie Stone.. Dave's current projects include, Two Sisters Inc. with David Hofstra and Claire Daly, a quartet with Peter Kuhn, Smooth Freejazz, Sewelsonics, and The Daves."

-Dave Sewelson Website (

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"Stephen Moses (born November 29, 1954) is a rock drummer and a trombonist. He is a founding member of Alice Donut, and also currently plays with MJ12 with Percy Jones and Rosenbloom. He has recorded with a number of artists over the years, and has played trombone on five albums by Sour Jazz."

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"NYC-based composer and improvising bass guitarist Jochem van Dijk got his start in music by playing a homemade tea-chest bass with the highschool Dixieland band in his native town Apeldoorn, a suburban community in the east of The Netherlands. When the paper route brought the 1st bass guitar, the opening 8 bars of Take Five were studied diligently with his high school mates for 2 months; the Bb and Db from the Eb-Bb-Db 3-note bass figure in 5/4 were fingered on the the A-string, with the d-string tuned Eb for the time being, and off to the races it was. Numerous bands in his home country followed, with both covers and self penned songs. Playing bass with a circus band for 5 years in the summers led to a master's thesis on Circus Music, sealing a Master's Degree as an Ethnomusicologist. He wrote the music for a number of stage plays for Belgian Theater Amsterdam, an experience that greatly shaped his compositional thinking. Jochem currently lives and works in New York City.

Stateside highlights include his arrangement of Strange Fruit performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 2005 at the Apollo Theatre, and the performance in 2009 of his pocket cantata Stuyvesant Reluctant at the Dia:Beacon. Since 2000 his compositions are featured on 5 cds by the Fay Victor Ensemble. Absinthe & Vermouth, the latest cd with all-original work, co-written with Fay Victor, was released in November 2013, to a 4-star review in Downbeat Magazine, amongst others earning accolades for its "strange and intricate forms-chiaroscuro theatrical pieces that tell tales of an individualist's exuberant survival in dystopia." 2014 saw the successful performance of an hour-long composition "Neighborhood Dynamics" in Roulette Brooklyn, commissioned by the Tricentric Foundation and premiered at the Tricentric Music festival alongside Anthony Braxton's Falling River Nonet. In November 2014, JAN was relased on Greene Ave Music, a project with Super Natsuki Tamura, Ken Kobayashi and Keith Lewis featuring Jochem's effect-driven bass work in a soundscape-like environment. In July/August 2015 he was an OMI Music fellow.

Besides the Fay Victor Ensemble, Jochem and Fay's work has been performed among others by: Misha Mengelberg, Roswell Rudd, Tyshawn Sorey, Michael Attias, Michael Moore, Wolter Wierbos, Darius Jones, Tim Daisy, Kyoko Kitamura, Yoon Sun Choi, Tomas Ulrich, Fred Lonberg Holm, Vijay Iyer, John Hebert, Steve Hass, Ernst Glerum, Curtis Clark, Drew Gress, Tom Rainey and others.

Jochem performs currently around New York and had the privilege to share the stage amongst others with his wife Fay Victor, Marvin Sewell, Jason Nazary, Daniel Carter, Darius Jones, Jeremy Carlstedt, Federico Ughi, Michael 'TA' Thompson, Ras Moshe, Anders Nilsson, Nick Didkovsky, Evan Gallagher, Claire Debrunner, Timucin Sahin and many others."

-Jochem van Dijk Website (

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"Steve Holtje (Caterpillar Quartet) has been an editor since 1987 (Creem, and a music critic since 1990. He is currently the label manager of ESP-Disk', and the content editor of Among his publishing credits is MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide (Schirmer Trade Books, 1998). He has additionally worked for jazz record labels and as a music printer. He is also a composer."

-The Big Takeover (

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Track Listing:

1. Mutual Assured Distraction 8:49

2. Idiot Suavant 14:58

3. Don't Talk with Your Mouth 9:02

4. Orca Uprising 8:59

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