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Sedimental You


  • Kod: CF385
  • Producent: Clean Feed (POR)
  • Wykonawca: Mark Dresser Seven [Mark Dresser / Nicole Mitchell / Marty Ehrlich / David Morales Boroff / Michael Dessen / Joshua White / Jim Black]
  • Nośnik: CD
  • Cena: 59,90 zł
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Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
premiera polska:
2016-12-19
kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: kartonowe etui
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Mark Dresser przynajmniej od czasów współpracy z Anthony'm Braxtonem w ramach słynnego kwartetu uznawany jest za kontrabasistę który zagrać potrafi niemal wszystko. Nigdy jednak jego sława znakomitego sidemana nie sprawiła, że postrzegano go jako równie cenionego lidera. I chociaż sam płyt nie nagrał wcale mało, jednak chyba żaden z tych albumów nie zrobił na mnie takiego wrażenia, jak "Sedimental You".

Nie znam też chyba płyty Dressera (sygnowanej przez niego) nagranej w tak dużym składzie. Ostatnio zresztą najczęściej mogliśmy słuchać go albo w małych w pełni improwizowanych projektach (duety, tria), a jako sideman najczęściej dzielił swój czas między tria dwóch liderek-pianistek: Satoko Fuji i Myry Melford. Z tym większą więc przyjemność sięgnąłem po jego najnowszy album nagrany w septecie z udziałem znakomitych i słynnych muzyków - Nicole Mitchell, Marty'ego Ehrlicha, Michaela Dessena, zupełnie mi nieznanych - skrzypka Davida Boroffa i pianisty Joshua White'a, no i stałego partnera Dressera - Jima Blacka.

To album znakomity pod różnymi względami - ze starannie przemyślaną strukturą poszczególnych kompozycji, która nie stanowi skorupy ograniczającej lidera czy jego partnerów, a raczej symboliczny szkielet dramaturgii poszczególnych utworów. Tak starannie zakomponowana jest zresztą też cała płyta - jak rzadko kiedy słucha się jej nie jako zbioru piosenek czy melodii, ale jako fantastyczną, przemyślaną od początku do końca i konsekwentnie przeprowadzoną suitę. Taką miniaturką, która jest chyba najlepszą próbką możliwości zespołu i koncepcji grania opracowanej przez lidera jest tytułowa kompozycja w której z zespołu co i róż wysuwani są na plan pierwszy kolejni muzycy - fantastycznie brzmi White, którego solo/improwizacja jest energetyczna, zwarta, zagrana szybciej niż podkład grupy, a jednak nierozerwalnie z tą muzyką związana. Pięknie brzmi Dessen, gdy klasycznie improwizuje wraz z Boroffem, który wydaje się być wyrwany z zupełnie innej tradycji - klasycznego grania. To zresztą chyba za jego sprawą ten utwór jest tak bardzo "sedimental". Z toku tych improwizacji wyłania się partia tutti, by za chwilę rozpaść się i wybrzmieć zupełnie inaczej, z odwołaniami raczej do bluegrassu, niż free jazzu. Ale nigdy słuchając tego utworu czy albumu nie mamy wrażenia obcowania z inną niż jazz muzyką - kreatywną, czerpiącą z różnych, współczesnych źródeł, ale też silnie osadzoną w tradycji. Także bigbandowej.

Najkrócej można by powiedzieć, że jeden z najbardziej cenionych sidemanów nagrał znakomity, koncepcyjny album, pozostawiający jednak improwizatorom całkiem sporo swobody. A oni świetnie wiedzą co z tą wolnością zrobić. I właśnie dlatego brzmi to tak wspaniale."
autor: Marek Zając
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Editor's info:
Mark Dresser makes music in a vast variety of settings and contexts, but the dauntingly prolific bassist always seeks to create space for the unpredictable play between form and freedom. On his new album Sedimental You, slated for release in early November, 2016, he’s assembled an astonishingly creative cast that embraces the intuitive and emotionally charged nature of his improvisational imperative. Riveting, playful and often revelatory, his compositions emerge out of a shifting matrix of specific musical personalities and the often dismaying swirl of current events.

Working with a supremely gifted septet, Dresser brings together emerging talent and revered veterans from East and West Coast scenes. In many ways, Sedimental You builds directly on orchestrational concepts he’s been exploring in smaller ensembles, and relationships he’s honed via telematic connections (which enable musicians in different locations to perform live in real time via high speed/high bandwidth links.)

None of the music is programmatic, but the porous nature of the compositions means that the world’s joys and woes seep in. Mocking denunciations and ache-filled reveries flow into open-hearted evocations of beloved colleagues, both departed and still very much with us. Dresser notes that he always writes with specific musicians in mind, “and I really had Marty’s clarinet sound in my ear. I’ve had lots of groups with Michael Dessen, who’s a virtuoso trombonist and an invaluable collaborator in my groups and telematic projects. And Jim Black is a force of nature, who I worked with most often in New York and on Japanese tours as the rhythm section for Satoko Fujii.”

Dresser started working with Nicole Mitchell after she joined the faculty up the road at UC Irvine, a relationship expanded by collaboration via telematics. He’s played several high profile concerts in her ensembles, and she’s become an important part of his West Coast quintet. “She’s a wonderfully open collaborator, a great soloist, with superb musicianship and a buoyant musical spirit.” Dresser says.
San Diego pianist Joshua White is a rapidly rising star who’s toured internationally with Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls project. With a potent array of influences at his fingertips, from gospel and spirituals to free improvisation, he quickly fell in with Dresser after the bassist moved to town and discovered “an amazing talent with incredible ears and intuition,” Dresser says. “He’s a fearless improviser whose musical instincts I completely trust.”

The album’s wild card is violinist David Morales Boroff, the youngest player on the project. In a serendipitous connection, he’s the son of esteemed folk guitarist Phil Boroff, who happened to give Dresser’s mother guitar lessons back in the 1970s. “David’s got a freaky ear,” Dresser says. “I’d give him one of my tunes and he’d be at the piano reharmonizing it. He has a beautiful violin sound and a soulful lyricism that belies his age ”

The album opens with “Hobby Lobby Horse,” a tricky tune built from bass line up with a derisive hitch in the groove. The title track slyly refers to the 1932 Tommy Dorsey hit “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You.” Drawing on the cadences of the original, he recalibrated the harmony to evoke its sound and mood. The heart of the album is “Will Well (For Roswell Rudd),” a startlingly tender piece that Dresser conceived with the trombone legend (and frequent collaborator) in mind. He first played the tune in a trio with White and drummer Kjell Nordeson, but this extended version brings out everyone’s sumptuous lyricism, particularly when Mitchell’s throaty alto flute winds around Ehrlich’s woody bass clarinet. “It’s an incantation of sorts for Roswell,” Dresser says.

Dresser’s strikingly beautiful tribute “I Can Smell You Listening (for the late Alexandra Montano)” evokes the boundless spirit of the extraordinary mezzo-soprano who contributed memorably on the 2005 Dresser/Denman Maroney album Time Changes (Cryptogramophone). An extended melodic line that rises and falls, fades and reappears, the tune features some of Ehrlich’s most ravishing clarinet work. He offers a different kind of lament with “Newtown Char,” a piece he created in response to the unfathomable massacres in Connecticut and Charleston, SC. Structurally and emotionally, it’s the album’s centerpiece, a plaintive unfurling melody keyed to the thick, woody sound of Ehrlich’s bass clarinet. The album closes with the brief, elegiac theme “Two Handfuls of Peace (for Daniel Jackson),” a celebration of the revered San Diego tenor saxophonist who died in 2014 at 77.

Amidst a steady flow of recent albums, Sedimental You stands out as Dresser’s most ambitious work as a bandleader. April saw the release of The Moscow Improvisations by Jones Jones, a volatile collective trio with Russian percussionist Vladimir Tarasov and ROVA saxophonist Larry Ochs. And in March the talent laden SLM Ensemble released Source (Liminal Music), a large group project co-led and conducted by Sarah Weaver featuring masters such as vocalist Jen Shyu, flutist Robert Dick, percussionist Gerry Hemmingway, and saxophonists Jane Ira Bloom and Marty Ehrlich.

Born in Los Angeles, Dresser has been a creative force since he first started gaining attention in the early ’70s with Stanley Crouch’s Black Music Infinity, a free jazz ensemble that included Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, James Newton, and David Murray. He earned a BA and MA from UC San Diego studying contrabass with Bertram Turetzky. While on a Fulbright in Italy studying with maestro Franco Petracchi, Dresser was recruited by Anthony Braxton for his celebrated quartet with Gerry Hemingway and pianist Marilyn Crispell. Dresser made the move to New York in 1986 and spent a decade touring and recording with the reed visionary. A ubiquitous force on the Downtown scene, he worked widely with masters such as Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, and John Zorn.

A prolific composer and recording artist, Dresser developed many pieces for the Arcado String Trio, and Tambastics, while receiving numerous commissions and recording his original scores for several classic silent films, including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Since returning to Southern California in 2004 to join the UCSD music faculty he’s maintained creative relationships with many of his New York associates, though the move west coincided with his renewed focus on solo bass performance and telematic research. Recommitted to working with larger groups, he’s once again the catalyst for a roiling creative community, work that earned him a prestigious Doris Duke Impact Award in 2015. More than impactful, Sedimental You is music to recharge your ears, agitate your soul, and open your mind.

muzycy:
Nicole Mitchell: soprano and alto flutes
Marty Ehrlich: clarinet and bass clarinet
David Morales Boroff: violin
Michael Dessen: trombone
Joshua White: piano
Jim Black: drums and percussion
Mark Dresser: contrabass

utwory:
1. Hobby Lobby Horse
2. Sedimental You
3. TrumpinPutinStoopin
4. Will Well (for Roswell Rudd)
5. I Can Smell You Listening (for Alexandra Montano)
6. Newtown Char
7. Two Handfuls of Peace (for Daniel Jackson)

All compositions by Mark Dresser

wydano: 2016-11-19
nagrano:
Recorded at East West Studios, Los Angeles, CA December 14 & 15, 2015 and at Studio G, Brooklyn, NY March 5, 2016
Mixed at Saint’s Place, Kinnelon, NJ, March 6-9, 2016
Recorded and mixed by Ron Saint Germain

more info: www.cleanfeed-records.com

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