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Greenlief, Phillip / Scott Amendola: Stay with it (Clean Feed)

Their first duo album, Collect My Thoughts released in 1995 on Nine Winds, these live improvisations captured at Berkeley's The Shinebox in 2017 show the two West Coast collaborators--Phillip Greenlief on alto & tenor saxophones plus clarinet, and drummer/percussionist Scott Amendola--'staying with it' in an energetic set of five informed dialogs.
 

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Phillip Greenlief-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet

Scott Amendola-drums, percussion, live electronics


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UPC: 5609063006513

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF651CD
Squidco Product Code: 34158

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at The Shinebox, in Berkeley California, on June 13th, 2017, and Juy 28th, 2017, by Scott Amendola.

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"One of the most engaging team-ups in exploratory jazz celebrates 30 years of simpatico collaboration and creativity with the release of Stay With It, their first outing on the Clean Feed imprint. It finds Phillip Greenlief and Scott Amendola developing the febrile dialogues mapped out on their deliciously bristling 1995 debut, Collect My Thoughts, an absorbing set that saw the pair garner considerable international plaudits, inspiring them to further cultivate their connection through regular touring expeditions.

Three decades on, Greenlief and Amendola remain fully dedicated to their punchy, snaking exchanges, with hyper-dynamic tracks such as 'Morpheteria' and 'Eloquent Turbulence' building on the bountiful foundations of previous works, drums and horns locked in gloriously kinetic convulsions. But Stay With It also signals an evolution, borne of shared insight and artistic understanding, the duo inaugurates "a theatre of the unexpected", as they mine acutely textural passages augmented by Amendola's implementation of live electronics. The granular, parping abstractions of 'Microfiche' recall peak Supersilent in meditative cyborg mode, while 'Farfalle en Mare''s subtle amalgams of distorted sax exhaust and mutant cymbal-sourced static underline the duo's commitment to exploring intriguing alien interzones nestled between free jazz and electro-acoustic espionage.

While their distinguished careers have seen them share stage and studio with eminent artists ranging from Alice Coltrane, Susan Alcorn and Nels Cline to Mike Patton, Manuel Mota and John Zorn, it is often within this special tandem formation, so adroitly captured on Stay With It, where Greenlief and Amendola conjure their most personal and profound creations."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

"Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk, Nels Cline, and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Phillip Greenlief). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home for progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award."

-Evander Music (http://www.evandermusic.com/artist_detail.asp?artist_id=117)
2/21/2024

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"Scott Amendola (born February 6, 1969) is an American drummer from the San Francisco Bay Area. His styles include jazz, blues, groove, rock and new music. He is considered central to the Bay Area music scene.

Amendola was originally from New Jersey and studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area he came to popularity in the 1990s as a member of T.J. Kirk with Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard and John Schott. Their second album received a Grammy Award nomination. He has led his own bands and trios which have included Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Jeff Parker and John Shifflett as well as Ben Goldberg and Devin Hoff. Often favoring guitarists he has toured with Bill Frisell and Kelly Joe Phelps and recorded with Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, G.E. Stinson, Nels Cline and Tony Furtado. He is an original member of the Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core. He has been a session percussionist for Noe Venable, Carla Bozulich and Odessa Chen.

In 2011 Amendola will have his new orchestral work performed in conjunction with the Oakland East Bay Symphony as one the symphony's New Visions/New Vistas premieres. Amendola will be joined by Nels Cline and Trevor Dunn."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Amendola)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Morpheteria 11:19

2. Eloquent Turbulence 8:03

3. Microfiche 10:37

4. Stay With It 9:19

5. Farfalle En Mare 10:07

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Clean Feed
Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Saxophone & Drummer / Percussionist Duos
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
Percussion & Drums
West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
Duo Recordings
New in Improvised Music

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