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Jessen, Kyle: Primitive (Relative Pitch)

An album of cathartic release in five solo saxophone improvisations from Omaha, Nebraska reedist Kyle Jessen, aggressive and angst-filled expositions that reflect anger and isolation, but also powerful statements of technical skill and personal expression, from the brutal "Death Trap" to the more introspective explorations of "Poltergeist"; exactingly purgative.

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UPC: 5904224872090

Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPRSS019
Squidco Product Code: 33811

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Project Projectand, in February 2023, by Weasel Walter.


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""Primitive" is Jessen's first full-length release. A raw solo saxophone recording born out of anger and isolation. At times, it screams violently. At others, it slowly pierces. At all times, it is a reaction to Jessen's surroundings."-Relative Pitch

Artist Biographies

"Kyle Jessen is a free improvising saxophonist from Omaha, NE. Legendary underground music writer, Byron Coley, has likened Jessen's work to that of Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, while also having the edge of the more aggressive European free improv sound. In 2021 and 2022, Jessen released several short solo efforts on small labels such as Gertrude Tapes, Moonworshipper Records, and Soundholes. In 2023, he released his first full-length solo effort, "Primitive", on Relative Pitch Records."

-Kyle Jessen Instagram (

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Track Listing:

1. Death Trap 6:46

2. Ambushed By The Spray Of Lead 9:26

3. Poltergeists 8:34

4. Rather Get Caught With It Than Without It 6:05

5. Primitive 12:59

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
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Solo Artist Recordings
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