“Spark” from Here & Here & Here by Anna Homler, Michael Vlatkovich, Jeff Kaiser, Scott Walton, Rich West. Released: 2014. Track 5. Genre: Improvisation, Creative, Composition.
Andrew Pask/Jonathan Besser
JONATHAN BESSER: Piano
ANDREW PASK: Soprano Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Live Processing
1. Magnificent Photon—2:20
2. Steam Engine Love Letter—2:58
3. Dust Bunny Meditation—3:13
4. Chessboard Cowboy—4:00
5. Coldwater Light Bulb—2:43
6. Tomato Blade—2:22
7. The Fried Judge—4:27
8. Fruit Cake—5:55
9. Cloud Formation Microscope—3:44
10. Geosynchronous Hibernation—0:52
11. Sleeping Wheel—5:12
12. Wellington Harbour—5:57
All tunes composed by Andrew Pask and Jonathan Besser, except “Wellington Harbour,” composed by Jonathan Besser, © 2006, Andrew Pask, Kaleidacousticon/ASCAP, and Jonathan Besser, Besser Music/APRA
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio, Los Angeles, California, June and October 2005
Photography by Annette Wu; design and layout by Steuart Liebig
Jonathan and I were walking in Griffith Park when Wayne Peet called to say he had an opening at his recording studio. (Wayne Peet, more than anyone I have ever met, is a musician and an engineer. And is masterful at both.)
So off we went.
Jonathan and I played together many times when I lived in New Zealand, but the last time we played was in Macau, circa nineteen-ninety-something, at the Captain’s Bar of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Jonathan was on tour in China with Ed Ware and Nick van Dyke and I was living in Hong Kong playing in bars and doing gigs with Cantopop stars.
It was really fun to go back into the studio and record after so much time. Just as it happens in spoken conversation with a good friend, we just seemed to pick up where we left off . . .
–Andrew Pask, Los Angeles, California, April 2006
Emily Hay/Steuart Liebig Duo
Emily Hay: Flutes/Voice/Electronics
Steuart Liebig: Basses/Electronics
1. Santa Ana Noise Festival 1:29
2. Saint Mark’s 17:32
3. VU Symposium 02 5:04
4. Shapeshifter Lab 01 17:00
5. Shapeshifter Lab 02 5:14
6. VU Symposium 01 9:03
7. NorCal Noise Festival 19:28
1: Recorded by Mark A. Soden Jr., Santa Ana, CA, December 2015
2: Recorded by Thomas Kozumplik, Glendale, CA, February 2016
3 and 6: Recorded by Devin Maxwell, Park City, UT, July 2016
4 and 5: Recorded by Stephanie Shapiro, Brooklyn, NY, September 2016
7: Recorded by Lob Instagon, Sacramento, CA, October 2016
Mixed and Mastered by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studios
℗ and © 2018 Emily Hay (Emily Hay Music/BMI) Steuart Liebig (Sisong Music/ASCAP)
Quentin Tolimieri : Piano
1. pointslinesplanes 6:57
2. changing/same 16:04
3. shorty 1:39
4. green dolphin st. 5:07
5. fours and ones 7:39
6. different weights and sizes 4:27
7. well you needn’t 3:14
8. fin 9:30
Quentin Tolimieri: Piano
Recorded and mastered by Jim Clouse at Park West Studios, Brooklyn NY on 2 November 2015 and 23 November 2015
Album design by Scott Gaynor
Cover photo: Cookie Cutter by Allen Lai
Interior photo: 2014_02_06_lhr-ewr_391w_ by Doc Searls
Both images available under a Creative Commons Attribution license
All tracks © Quentin Tolimieri (ASCAP) 2015, except On Green Dolphin Street by Kaper/Washington, © Patti Washington Music/Shapiro Bernstein OBO Catherine Hinen Music/BMG Gold Songs OBO Primary Wave Songs and and Well You Needn’t by T. Monk, Regent Music Corporation. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
Peter Kuhn: alto and tenor sax, Bb clarinet
Dave Sewelson: baritone and sopranino sax
Larry Roland: bass • Gerald Cleaver: drums
1) Our Earth 25:22
2) Our World 12:36
3) It Matters 11:07
Our Earth / Our World
“Just because you don’t see me, it doesn’t mean I am gone.”
The music on this CD is beautiful. It moves me to stand on one foot and hop in joy. It's laced with a dark and searing lyricism that one finds on those hot summer nights when the freedom bell tolls and all the heavy weight players would pick up their horns and blow all night. Dave Sewelson, Peter Kuhn, Larry Roland, and Gerald Cleaver are creating their own tradition and it is reborn each time they play.
The music swoops and soars into inner and outer space. Cane reeds vibrating and living in both the urban and celestial worlds at the same time. The sound re-enters with the earth touching it’s own root then resurfacing as colorful flowers made of soil and mud wrapped in a shell of hope that rests on a cradle of freedom. Then the phrase, “Just because you don’t see me, it doesn’t mean I am gone.”
Peter Kuhn who is back on the scene meeting with Dave Sewelson who still remains one of the best kept secrets on the music scene but is a hero in the tone world. Here they cross paths with Larry Roland’s mystical bass and Gerald Cleavers Saturday morning Detroit thrust. I would suggest you clean your palate and give this music a big listen. Veterans are in the house bringing in some of that old time religion. No time to experiment they know exactly where they are going into the unknown where pure creativity lives.
—William Parker, 2015
If I had to choose a way to describe the music that flows through Our Earth/Our World that description would begin with intuition and conversation. The best of freely-improvised music is always rich in these details, and the dialog between Kuhn and Sewelson has obviously stood the test of time.
This disc, recorded on a brisk April evening at the 2015 Arts for Art Festival begins with the sonic swirl of Dave Sewelson’s rough-hewn baritone saxophone jostling against the slinky sinew of Peter Kuhn’s Bb clarinet. Right away, the melodic interplay between the two musicians, (an association that began some 40 years ago) rings true and devastatingly clear. Themes and riffs wrap around each other with serpentine grit and gristle, all with the surety of notated material – yet nothing was written down. “No discussion, no plan, no charts or even concepts,” Kuhn related, via email. “I had never met Larry or Gerald before the set, and they hadn’t played together before this either.”
Kuhn was making reference to the sterling rhythm section of Larry Roland on bass and the marvelous Gerald Cleaver on drums, who both leap into the fray of the 26-minute opener, “Our Earth,” with muscled dialog and multidirectional waves of motion, including a brief drum and bass duet that precedes Kuhn’s screaming essay on tenor saxophone, which wails in the best of the post-Ayler traditions – a sermon of great extremes joined at its orgiastic apex by Sewelson’s equally committed spiraling altissimo pealing. All of this flows atop the crisp martial cadences and precise control of dynamics initiated by Cleaver’s snare and the depth of Roland’s arco and pizzicato accompaniment. Sewelson returns on the tiny sopranino saxophone – his sound is dark, fat, and swollen with sonic fertility. Once again, the horns entwine and spiral into deep conversation. A joyous beginning.
Cleaver, an acknowledged master of subtle gestures, opens the second selection, “Our World,” with a stunning drum narrative that leads both hornmen into a writhing jostle of overtones on sopranino and clarinet, respectively, over the relentless ostinato of Roland. Back on baritone, Sewelson whinnies and squeals, all while alluding to an almost Motown-like pocket as Kuhn’s tenor reengages, stoking the fire with chortling repetitions and bone-chilling eruptions into the upper register.
That sense of joyful audacity deepens when Roland unleashes a monstrous solo to introduce the final selection, “It Matters,” where Kuhn’s lithe Bb clarinet burrows a serpentine course deep into the heart of the music, all the while guided by the ebb and flow of Cleaver’s drums, which both explode and illuminate.
You can feel the enthusiasm of the packed house – not just in the applause that peppers each selection – but in the spontaneous gasps and groans that accompany several unforgettable moments of deep listening. Turn it up. Enjoy. Repeat.
—Robert Bush, 2016
© 2016 Dependent Origination Music, ASCAP
Recorded at Arts For Arts Our Earth/Our World series, NYC, April 2015
Mastered by Wayne Peet, Newzone Studio, Los Angeles
Photos ©2016 Michael Klayman. Used by permission.
Layout, Jeff Kaiser
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“Magnificent Photon” from Griffith Park by Andrew Pask and Jonathan Besser. Genre: Improvisation, Creative, Composition.
michael vlatkovich: trombone
dan clucas: trumpet
jill torberson: french horn
bill plake: tenor sax
david riddles: bassoon, flute, soprano sax, clarinet
andrew pask: alto sax, bari sax, bass clarinet
bill roper: tuba, bombardondino
harry scorzo: violin
jonathan golove: cello
tom mcnalley: guitar
dominic genova: bass
wayne peet: piano, keyboard
carol sawyer: voice
ken park: all percussion
[NOTE: do to a printing error, track 4 was left off the package. What you see below is correct.]
1. adeptly disguised as chairs and tables the audience listened quietly — 9:08
2. as quickly as it came — 6:31
3. or do you have change for a $20 — 5:25
4. out of the wall and into the night — 5:27
5. sometimes a red nose and big shoes aren’t enough — 2:33
6. mortality — 11:32
7. hiding out as a verb — 5:49
8. goodbye — 7:06
© 2015 julius ivory music, ascap
music composed m vlatkovich
recorded 2014 wayne peet engineer
edited mixed and mastered sept. 2014
front photo chuck britt
back photo bill roper
design jeff kaiser