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Crispell, Marilyn / Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead: Spi-Raling Horn (Balance Point Acoustics)

A collaboration between the working trio of bass clarinetist Jason Stein, double bassist Damon Smith, and drummer Adam Shead, adding pianist Marilyn Crispell, initiated by Smith & Crispell's admiration of painter Cy Twombly, whose artwork graces this album's cover, recorded live and complete in the studio after two live concerts between the quartet; masterful collective improv!
 

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Jason Stein-bass clarinet

Marilyn Crispell-piano

Damon Smith-double bass

Adam Shead-drums


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Includes an 8-page fold-out booklet with prose by Nathaniel Mackey

Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Catalog ID: bpaltd20020 & IMR003
Squidco Product Code: 34669

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold w/ booklet
Recorded at Palisade Studios, in Chicago, Illinois, on June 19th, 2023, by Nick Broste.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"The trio of bass clarinetist Jason Stein, double bassist Damon Smith, and drummer Adam Shead's collaboration with master pianist Marilyn Crispell came to fruition by way of Smith and Crispell's mutual admiration of iconoclastic visual artist Cy Twombly. Due to their shared appreciation and dialogue surrounding Twombly's work Smith began to conceptualize what shape a collaboration between the two might take.

Smith's ideation ultimately resulted in two concerts and a studio engagement with Crispell and the prolific trio of Stein, Smith, and Shead. On spi-raling horn the listener is invited to experience the aforementioned studio date as it happened, having the album's tracks sequenced in the order in which the quartet recorded them, leaving nothing on the cutting room floor.

On a "song paid by singing" Crispell pokes and prods the quartet with pin-point rhythmic accuracy and constant harmonic motion, bolstering the angular motifs of Stein and Smith forward, building pressure that fulminates with each of Shead's focused punctuations. On "the ground laid open" the ensemble takes a different approach than the previous two tracks' all encompassing intensity, inviting the listener into a world of rolling duos which ultimately culminates in a drastically stripped back quartet sound. The fifth track on the album, "so close it cut my ribs", brings the quartet into a beautiful, floating, and melancholic melody reminiscent of the romantic sound world that can often be attributed to Crispell. Stein shines as his bass clarinet soars over Crispell's masterful chords, while Smith and Shead provide forward momentum and atmosphere to boot. The last two tracks of the album, "back and back out" and "a rusted bell's clank", harken back to the non-idiomatic and rhythmically complex sound world that was introduced at the outset of this roughly 62 minute entry. Shead's ability to provide an unrelenting onslaught of rhythmic cacophony that is deeply rooted in the interactions between himself and his compatriots is showcased wonderfully here, displaying influences from the likes of Tony Oxley and Rashied Ali.

With cover art by Cy Twombly and liner notes by Nathaniel Mackey spi-raling horn is a fully conceptualized document providing the listener with top tier free improvisation from four of the finest musicians working today."-Balance Point Acoustics



"Edwin Parker "Cy" Twombly Jr. was an American painter, sculptor and photographer. Twombly influenced artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Francesco Clemente, Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat."-Wikipedia.


Includes an 8-page fold-out booklet with prose by Nathaniel Mackey

Artist Biographies

"Jason Stein was born in 1976 and is originally from Long Island, New York. Stein is one of the few musicians working today to focus entirely on the bass clarinet as a jazz and improvisational instrument. He studied at Bennington College with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves, and at the University of Michigan with Donald Walden and Ed Sarath. In 2005, Stein relocated to Chicago and has since recorded for such labels as Leo, Delmark, Atavistic, 482 Music and Clean Feed. Stein has performed throughout the US and Europe, including performances in festivals in Lisbon, Cracow, Utrecht, Barcelona, Debreccen and Ljubljana. He has had the opportunity to perform with a number of exciting local and international musicians including: Michael Moore, Jeff Parker, Oscar Noriega, Rudi Mahall, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Jeb Bishop, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Urs Leimgruber, Pandelis Karayorgis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tony Buck, Eric Boren, Kent Kessler, Tobias Delius, Michael Zerang, Michael Vatcher, Peter Brotzman, and Wilbert DeJoode."

-Jason Stein Website (http://jasonsteinmusic.com/biography)
5/23/2024

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"Marilyn Crispell is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied classical piano and composition, and has been a resident of Woodstock, New York since 1977 when she came to study and teach at the Creative Music Studio. She discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and other contemporary jazz players and composers. For ten years she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble and has been a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra and guest with his London Jazz Composers Orchestra, as well as a member of the Henry Grimes Trio, Quartet Noir (with Urs Leimgruber, Fritz Hauser and Joelle Leandre), and Anders Jormin's Bortom Quintet. In 2005 she performed and recorded with the NOW Orchestra in Vancouver, Canada and in 2006 she was co-director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute and a faculty member at the Banff Centre International Workshop in Jazz. In 2014 she led a three-week music residency at the Atlantic Center For the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and in 2016 led a one-week residency at the Conservatory Manuel de Falla in Buenos Aires.

Besides working as a soloist and leader of her own groups, Crispell has performed and recorded extensively with well-known players on the American and international jazz scene. She's also performed and recorded music by contemporary composers Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Manfred Niehaus and Anthony Davis (including four performances of his opera "X" with the New York City Opera).

In addition to playing, she has taught improvisation workshops and given lecture/demonstrations at universities and art centers in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and has collaborated with videographers, filmmakers, dancers and poets.

Crispell has been the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship grants (1988-1989, 1994-1995 and 2006-2007), a Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust composition commission (1988-1989), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005-2006). In 1996 she was given an Outstanding Alumni Award by the New England Conservatory, and in 2004, was cited as being one of their 100 most outstanding alumni of the past 100 years."

-Marilyn Crispell Website (http://marilyncrispell.com/bio.htm)
5/23/2024

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"Damon Smith studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon's explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson's Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra's Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and five great years in Houston, Texas working regularly with Alvin Fielder, Sandy Ewen, David Dove & Chris Cogburn, Damon will move to the Boston area in the fall of 2016. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians."

-Balance Point Acoustic Website (https://www.balancepointacoustics.com/damon-smith/)
5/23/2024

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"Adam Shead, who holds a BM in Percussion Performance from Columbia College Chicago, Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies, and MM in Improvisation from The University of Michigan specializes in interdisciplinary performance, composition, and improvisation. Adam has performed at renowned music festivals such as The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Ann Arbor Edge Fest, and The Present is Present Festival in Amsterdam. Adam has performed alongside such musicians as Mary Oliver, Andrew Drury, John Dikeman, Jasper Stadhouders, Tim Daisy, Josh Berman, Ed Sarath, Dave Rempis, Ada Rave, Benny Green, and John Hollenbeck."

-ArtLitLab (https://artlitlab.org/artists/adam-shead)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. A Song Paid By Singing 11:42

2. A Universe Of Otherwise 10:47

3. The Ground Laid Open 7:45

4. Saturant Moon Water 5:29

5. So Close It Cut My Ribs 5:56

6. Back And Back Out 9:28

7. A Rusted Bell's Clank 11:10

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