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Fonda, Joe (Fonda / Braxton / Bufalino / Dodd / Robertson / Alexiev): From The Source (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

A unique 1995 studio album from bassist Joe Fonda, remastered reissued to bring to life this septet with Anthony Braxton on reeds & winds, Herb Robertson on trumpet, Grisha Alexiev on drums, Vickie Dodds on vocals, and integrating tap dancer Brenda Bufalino as a full percussive voice into the ensemble's unique merging of jazz and dance, and of the healing arts and the performing arts.
 

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Joe Fonda-bass, leader

Anthony Braxton-alto saxophone, f melody saxophone, sopranino saxophone, clarinet, contrabass clarinet, flute

Brenda Bufalino-tap dance

Vickie Dodd-vocals

Herb Robertson-trumpet, pocket trumpet

Grisha Alexiev-drums, percussion


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UPC: 5904441617498

Label: Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Catalog ID: 19/2023
Squidco Product Code: 34250

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Systems Two, in Brooklyn, New York, on March 9th, 1996, by Joe Marciano. Originally released in 1997 as a compact disc on the Konnex Records label with catalog code KCD 5075.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"New mixed and remastered material! This session was multi-dimensional for me and I am still thinking about it, and feeling its effects and influences.

During the session, we bridged the gap that exists between the dance world and the music world by making our dancer (Brenda Bufalino) an equal part of our ensemble. She was incorporated into the collective group for her sounds, her rhythms, her tones, her time, and her music - not for her visual presence which historically has so often been the reason for bringing musicians and dancers together. Here we come together as equals. No one is, per se, the accompanist for someone else, or some small 20-minute addition to the show in order to bring about some variety to the program. My hope for the future is that we'll hear and see more of this way of thinking and collaborating. We all win when we do and we lose when we don't.

Another thing that was bridged during this session was the connection between the healing arts and the performing arts. The music of Vickie Dodd, up to this point of time, has primarily been focused in the healing arts. She has been a body worker for the last 15 years. I had visited Vickie Dodd a year or so ago, prior to this session because I had heard her of her work and my body was hurting. I was in need of some body work. The work she did on me that day was incredible, but the music that came from this woman's voice while she was working on me, was like nothing I had ever heard before. It was so cosmic, so powerful that I never forgot it. I knew that there would be a time and a place for us to come together to do as Vickie calls it. "Sound ourselves and everything else."

The healing arts and the performing arts belong together as they were in the past, when they are joined together you truly have a tool that can be used for transformation. Again, my hope for the future is that we will see the return of this relationship between the healing arts and the performing arts.

Another thing I'd like to say about this session that was very moving for me, and I believe for everyone else involved, even if they don't know it yet, is the fact that we had both men and women come together to create this music. So often it's been the boys with the boys and the girls with the girls. It's so clear to me and self-evident when I listen to this music and there's both male and female reality in it, and the music had a special richness because of it. This is yet another gap we've bridged during this session, and again my hope for the future is we'll see a whole lot more of this because we desperately need it."-Joe Fonda


Artist Biographies

"Joe Fonda is a composer, bassist, recording artist, interdisciplinary performer, producer and educator.

An accomplished international Jazz artist, Fonda has performed with his own ensembles throughout the United States ,Canada , Europe and Asia. He has collaborated and performed with such artists as Anthony Braxton ,Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Bill and Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, , Bill Dixon, Han Bennink, Bobby Naughton, Xu Fengia, Randy Weston, Gebhard Ullmann, Carla Bley, Carlo Zingaro, Barry Altschul, Billy Bang.

Fonda was the bassist with the renowned Anthony Braxton sextet, octet, tentet, from 1984 through 1999. Fonda also sat on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 1999, and was the President from 1997 to 1999 of the newly formed Tri-Centric Foundation. He has also performed with the 38-piece Tri-Centric orchestra under the direction of Anthony Braxton, and was the bassist for the premiere performance of Anthony Braxton's opera, Shalla Fears for the Poor, performed at the John Jay Theater in New York, New York, October 1996.

As a composer, Fonda has been the recipient of numerous grants and commissions From Meet the Composer New York and the New England Foundation on the Arts . He has released twelve recordings under his own name. (Reviews and recordings available). Fonda was also a member of The Creative Musicians Improvisors Forum directed by Leo Smith, and was the bassist with the American Tap Dance Orchestra in New York City, directed by world renowned tap dancer, Brenda Bufalino.

In 1989, Fonda performed with Fred Ho's Jazz and Peking opera in its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From 1982 to 1986 Fonda was the bassist and dancer with the Sonomama Dance Company. An independent producer since 1978, Fonda is the founding director of Kaleidoscope Arts an interdisciplinary performance ensemble and is the producer and musicial director for the Connecticut Composers and improvisors Festival from 2001 to 2011.

Currently Fonda has been recording and touring extensively with the Fonda-Stevens Group, Conference Call , The Fab Trio, The Nu Band and Bottoms Out , with performances at the Bim huis in Amsterdam, Holland, Prague Jazz Festival, Czech Republic, Jazz Halo Festival, Belgium, Jazz Festival Thurinsen, Weimer, Germany, Berlin Jazz Festival Berlin Germany , Jazz Im Agusto Festival Lisbon Portugal, Natt Jazz Festival Bergen Norway, The Vision Festival New York, New York, Jazz and More Festival Sibiu Romania, Bakau Jazz Festival ,Azerbijan, Tondela Jazz Festival Tondala portugal , Vancouver Jazz Festival ,Vancouver Canada, Guelph Jazz Festival ,Guelph Canada .

Two of Fonda's most recent projects are From the Source, The Off Road Quartet.

From the Source is a group that incorporates the tap dancing and poetry of Brenda Bufalino and the healing arts of Vicki Dodd, and four jazz musicians. The group has released their first CD entitled, Joe Fonda and From the Source, on Konnex Records.

The Off Road Quartet is comprised of four musicians from four different countries. Ux Fengia from Beijing China , Carlos Zingaro from Lisbon Portugal , Lucas Niggle from Zurich Switzerland and Joe Fonda New York USA. The Off Road Quartet blends the musics from all four of these musicians cultures into a unique musicial and visual experence."

-Joe Fona Website (http://joefonda.com/biography)
2/26/2024

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[Anthony Braxton (born June 4, 1945) is an American composer and instrumentalist.]

"Genius is a rare commodity in any art form, but at the end of the 20th century it seemed all but non-existent in jazz, a music that had ceased looking ahead and begun swallowing its tail. If it seemed like the music had run out of ideas, it might be because Anthony Braxton covered just about every conceivable area of creativity during the course of his extraordinary career. The multi-reedist/composer might very well be jazz's last bona fide genius. Braxton began with jazz's essential rhythmic and textural elements, combining them with all manner of experimental compositional techniques, from graphic and non-specific notation to serialism and multimedia. Even at the peak of his renown in the mid- to late '70s, Braxton was a controversial figure amongst musicians and critics. His self-invented (yet heavily theoretical) approach to playing and composing jazz seemed to have as much in common with late 20th century classical music as it did jazz, and therefore alienated those who considered jazz at a full remove from European idioms. Although Braxton exhibited a genuine -- if highly idiosyncratic -- ability to play older forms (influenced especially by saxophonists Warne Marsh, John Coltrane, Paul Desmond, and Eric Dolphy), he was never really accepted by the jazz establishment, due to his manifest infatuation with the practices of such non-jazz artists as John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Many of the mainstream's most popular musicians (Wynton Marsalis among them) insisted that Braxton's music was not jazz at all. Whatever one calls it, however, there is no questioning the originality of his vision; Anthony Braxton created music of enormous sophistication and passion that was unlike anything else that had come before it. Braxton was able to fuse jazz's visceral components with contemporary classical music's formal and harmonic methods in an utterly unselfconscious -- and therefore convincing -- way. The best of his work is on a level with any art music of the late 20th century, jazz or classical.

Braxton began playing music as a teenager in Chicago, developing an early interest in both jazz and classical musics. He attended the Chicago School of Music from 1959-1963, then Roosevelt University, where he studied philosophy and composition. During this time, he became acquainted with many of his future collaborators, including saxophonists Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell. Braxton entered the service and played saxophone in an Army band; for a time he was stationed in Korea. Upon his discharge in 1966, he returned to Chicago where he joined the nascent Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The next year, he formed an influential free jazz trio, the Creative Construction Company, with violinist Leroy Jenkins and trumpeter Leo Smith. In 1968, he recorded For Alto, the first-ever recording for solo saxophone. Braxton lived in Paris for a short while beginning in 1969, where he played with a rhythm section comprised of bassist Dave Holland, pianist Chick Corea, and drummer Barry Altschul. Called Circle, the group stayed together for about a year before disbanding (Holland and Altschul would continue to play in Braxton-led groups for the next several years). Braxton moved to New York in 1970. The '70s saw his star rise (in a manner of speaking); he recorded a number of ambitious albums for the major label Arista and performing in various contexts. Braxton maintained a quartet with Altschul, Holland, and a brass player (either trumpeter Kenny Wheeler or trombonist George Lewis) for most of the '70s. During the decade, he also performed with the Italian free improvisation group Musica Elettronica Viva, and guitarist Derek Bailey, as well as his colleagues in AACM. The '80s saw Braxton lose his major-label deal, yet he continued to record and issue albums on independent labels at a dizzying pace. He recorded a memorable series of duets with bop pioneer Max Roach, and made records of standards with pianists Tete Montoliu and Hank Jones. Braxton's steadiest vehicle in the '80s and '90s -- and what is often considered his best group -- was his quartet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Gerry Hemingway. In 1985, he began teaching at Mills College in California; he subsequently joined the music faculty at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he taught through the '90s. During that decade, he received a large grant from the MacArthur Foundation that allowed him to finance some large-scale projects he'd long envisioned, including an opera. At the beginning of the 21st century, Braxton was still a vital presence on the creative music scene."

-All Music, Chris Kelsey (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/anthony-braxton-mn0000924030/biography)
2/26/2024

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"Ms. Bufalino is a mixed genre artist: dancer, choreographer, author, and ceramicist.

As a soloist, and choreographer/director of The American Tap Dance Orchestra, Ms Bufalino has performed and taught Internationally for over 30 years. Her collaborations with her partner and mentor the great Charles 'Honi' Coles, and her many performances with Gregory Hines, The Nicholas Brothers, and the many giants of tap dance has infused her with the essence of the form that she now shares with her stories, teaching, and dances. Her own experimental work, with taps, electronics and poetry has influenced the next two generations of tap artists, and she is still creating new experimental and traditional tap works and performances.

She has performed solo and with her company "The American Tap Dance Orchestra" at all the major venues; Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater, The Kennedy center and major theaters across America and Europe. For the State Department the ATDO toured Eastern Europe introducing the newly democratic theaters to the world of Tap Dance. With her company she appeared in the PBS special Tap Dance in America...with Gregory Hines.

Ms. Bufalino has been awarded several awards from the National Endowment for The Arts. The NEA deemed two of her choreographies for the ATDO, American Masterpieces. Her choreography has been performed by several noted companies, most recently her piece "Jump Monk," was performed by Dorrance Dance at City Center, nNYC.

As an author Ms Bufalino has written many articles and wrote the foreword and afterward for the book Jazz Dance by Marshall and Jean Stearns. Her memoir "Tapping the Source...Tap dance, stories, theory and practice" and a book of poems "Circular Migrations" have both been published by Codhill Press. and her recent novella "Song of the Split Elm", is published by Outskirts Press.

She has been awarded: The Flobert Award, The Tapestry Award, The Tap City Hall of Fame Award, The Dance Magazine, and the prestigious Bessie Award, all for outstanding achievement and contributions to the field of tap dance."

-Brenda Bufalino Website (https://www.brendabufalino.com/)
2/26/2024

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"Clarence "Herb" Robertson (born February 21, 1951) is a jazz trumpeter and flugelhornist. He was born in New Jersey and attended the Berklee School of Music. He has recorded five solo albums for the JMT record label and also worked as a sideman for Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Bobby Previte, David Sanborn, George Gruntz, Bill Frisell and Paul Motian, among others."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_Robertson)
2/26/2024

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"Grisha Alexiev has been playing drums and writing music for 45 years. His performance experience with such varied artists as Archie Bell, Ken Werner, Sinfonia of Auckland (New Zealand), Sam Rivers, Randy Weston, Marty Ehrlich, Julius Hemphill, John Cage, Arnett Cobb, Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, and Richard Stoltzman has given him a unique and impressive style. As a composer, Alexiev has been commissioned by the Martha Boschen Porter Fund, numerous dance companies, Lehigh University, and Brevard College. He has also recorded on the Jazz Club, Rounder, Soul Note, and Mapleshade labels. In 1990, while a student at New England Conservatory of Music, Alexiev was honored with the Presser Award, a grant given annually to the most promising student at each of the conservatories in the United States. In 1994, Mr. Alexiev was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts performance grant, and he has received several Meet the Composer grants since 1996. He is co-founder of the Discovery Orchestra (with Neal Kirkwood), the Atomic Strings (with Sam Bardfeld), and, when not touring with Diana Herold, he leads his own 11-piece group, No Western Shirts."

-Indian Mountain School (https://www.indianmountain.org/staff/alexiev-grisha/)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Something From The Past 13:45

2. Hi Tech #1 12:46

3. From The Source 12:25

4. My Song 09:21

5. An Internal Look 05:48

6. No One There At All 07:40

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Percussion & Drums
Unusual Vocal Forms
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
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