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Anthony BraxtonLight On The Dalta
Untitled$13.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Far CryFar Cry finds multi-reedist Eric Dolphy in a transitional phase, relinquishing Parker's governing universal impact and diving into the next controversial phase that critics began calling anti-jazz. On this date Booker Little's lyrical trumpet and Jackie Byard's confident grasp of multiple piano styles (though both steeped in hard bop) were sympathetic to the burgeoning avant-garde approach that Dolphy displays, albeit sparingly, on this session.
Far Cry contains the initial performance of Dolphy's future jazz classic Miss Ann, along with his first recorded solo alto sax performance on Tenderly, in which Dolphy bridges the gap between the solo saxophone performances of Coleman Hawkins and Anthony Braxton.
- Al Campbell (All Music Guide)1. Mrs. Parker of K. C. (Bird's Mother)
2. Ode to Charlie Parker
3. Far Cry
4. Miss Ann
5. Left Alone
7. It's Magic
8. Serene$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ContrastsDave Holland always described Sam Rivers' groups as his finishing school. It was Sam who instructed him to play "all the music" - inside, outside, atonal, swing, blues, and all the hues of the jazz and chamber music traditions. By the time of Contrasts, Rivers and Holland had been working together consistently for seven years (with Dave's Conference of the Birds at the start of the story), a powerhouse combination of multi-reeds and double bass. Of the drummers who passed through the line-up, Thurman Barker was one of the most creative, rippling across drum kit and marimba. Young trombone innovator George Lewis had already worked with Holland and Barker in Anthony Braxton groups. For Contrasts everyone was fired up and ready to play.
Sam Rivers (soprano and tenor saxophones, flute)
George Lewis (trombone)
Dave Holland (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums, marimba)
Recorded December 19791. Circles
7. Lines$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
People ChangesDouble bassist/singer-songwriter Nat Baldwins forthcoming album People Changes is much like the stark Maine setting which it was created. Of course, his fourth full-length shows welcome markings of his experimental bent from years as the Dirty Projectors bassist and former disciple of free jazz legend Anthony Braxton, but the serene isolation of 17 million acres of New England forestland make this cabin-born set intimate and sincere.
Baldwin first penned the songs in 2007, allowing the arrangements to evolve before the final recording in the spring of 2010. A lean ensemble of talented, time-proven friends were enlisted for the studio, some dating back to his New Hampshire childhood, chosen specifically to create the albums earnest live sound.
Their apt decision to record voice and bass live on most tracks is quickly felt on opener A Little Lost, letting Baldwins softly warbled falsetto hug a heartfelt cover of Arthur Russells sacred love song. Woodwinds flit and pull against contrabass pulses on Weights, then recede to let Baldwins bare performance stir on Real Fakes.
The full cast of Nats touring ensemble handsomely matches the bold arrangements of Lifted, followed by jagged improvisation on What Is There and a tender rendition of Kurt Weismans Let My Spirit Rise to finish. Charged throughout by lyrics crisp and strong, People Changes is a slice through the void of late nights spent among tall pines.
People Changes was recorded by Matt Walsh at Florida Keys Studio in New York City in May/June of 2010, mixed by Scott Solter, and mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering. Guests include Matt Bauder (clarinets), Caley Monahon-Ward (violin), Brett Deschenes (trumpet), Will Glass (drums), Al Mead (guitar) and Jeremy Leclair (alto saxophone). The album follows a split EP with Extra Life (2008, Shatter Your Leaves) on which earlier versions of Weights and Lifted appear, Most Valuable Player (2008), Enter the Winter (2006) and Lights Out EP (2005) on Broken Sparrow Records, and his experimental free jazz debut Solo Contrabass (2003, Peacock Recordings).1. A Little Lost
3. Real Fakes
4. The Same Thing
6. What Is There
7. Let My Spirit Rise$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dome Branches: The MVP DemosIn 2008 double bassist/singer-songwriter Nat Baldwin released Most Valuable
Player, an album that led Pitchfork to say he brings fierce performances to these
polished compositions. Now 5 years later, Western Vinyl is proud to be releasing
the original demos from Most Valuable Player, which were recorded in 2005 and
The demo album, titled Dome Branches, features Nat's bandmate from Dirty Projectors, Dave Longstreth on guitar and electronics, Jim Reynolds on guitar, Nate Horton
on drums, Tim Keiper on drums, Matt Bauder on Clarinets, Jess Pavone on viola.
Throughout these demos, there's a remarkable raw energy stemming at least in part
from the fact that Nat hadn't performed any of the material live yet, and Longstreth
hadn't heard the songs before, so his guitar parts were made up on the spot.
After studying avant-garde jazz and improvisation with jazz legend Anthony
Braxton, Nat Baldwin started writing songs featuring double bass and vocals. In
2005 he joined Dirty Projectors. In addition to his work with Dirty Projectors, he has
performed on Grizzly Bear's Sheilds, Vampire Weekend's Contra, and Department of
Eagles' In Ear Park. In between touring and recording with Dirty Projectors, Nat
made time to record his 2011 album People Changes, an album that led Pitchfork to
say whether Baldwin is singing with his throat or his bow, there's a thrilling felling
of freedom to it all. More recently, he's been writing, recording, and arranging
songs for a new album to be released in 2014. You can hear some of the new material live this September when Nat tours in the US and Canada.1. Lake Eerie
2. Only To Find
3. Dome Branches
4. Black Square
6. One Two Three
7. The Felled Trees
8. Look She Said
9. Mask I Wear$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Arms & HandsCornetist and composer Kirk Knuffke is one of modern jazz's most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing. On his latest album, Arms & Hands, he assembles the ideal trio to bridge that divide. Joined by bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bill Goodwin, along with special guests Brian Drye (trombone), Daniel Carter (alto saxophone), and Jeff Lederer (soprano/tenor saxophone), Knuffke creates a set of music that is both engaging and inventive.
Helias is best known for his work with jazz experimentalists like Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Marilyn Crispell, and Gerry Hemingway, his band BassDrumBone with Hemingway and Ray Anderson, and his trio Open Loose with Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey. Goodwin, on the other hand, is recognized as a premiere straight-ahead drummer, through his decades-long relationship with saxophonist Phil Woods and credits that include such giants as Bill Evans, Tony Bennett, Dexter Gordon, Jim Hall, Gary Burton, and Art Pepper.
The chemistry between the trio is irrefutable on Arms & Hands, which is a showcase for the immense creativity of all three musicians. Knuffke intentionally wrote compositions that took advantage of Goodwin's gift for groove and swing while remaining open enough to allow the improvisations to wander however far afield the moment might call for.
Kirk Knuffke is a prolific composer and improviser who has worked with a host of incredible musicians including Roswell Rudd, William Parker, Uri Caine, Myra Melford, Allison Miller, Steve Swell, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Steven Bernstein, and Mary Halvorson. Internationally, he has played with ensembles at jazz festivals in Saalfeldan Austria, Willisau Switzerland, The North Sea Jazz festival in Holland, The Moers festival as well as festival dates in Canada, Mexico, Italy and France. He is currently a member of the Matt Wilson Quartet. Knuffke is also a member of the Mark Helias Quartet, the Andrew D'angelo Big Band, Josh Roseman's Extended Constellations, Kenny Wollesen's Wollesonic and Allison Miller's Boom tic Boom. Knuffke's leader debut, Big Wig, was released by Clean Feed in 2008, followed by the trio recordings Chew Your Food and Amnesia Brown and the quartet album Chorale. He has also recorded several duo CDs with pianist Jesse Stacken and one with percussionist Mike Pride, and co-led the collaborative trio Sifter with Mary Halvorson and Matt Wilson and a quartet with saxophonist Ted Brown.1. Safety Shoes
2. Bright Light
7. Arms & Hands
10. Thanks A Lot$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now