Brad Dutz: Nine Gardeners Named Ned (PFMCD026)


BRAD DUTZ: mallet percussion, hand percussion
CHRIS WABICH: drumset, steel drum, percussion
KIM RICHMOND: Bb clarinet
BOB CARR: bass clarinet
ELLEN BURR: C flute, alto flute, piccolo
JOHN FUMO: trumpet, piccolo trumpet
KRIS TINER: trumpet, flugelhorn #4, #8, #9
WILLIAM ROPER: tuba, spoken word
TREY HENRY: acoustic bass
DEAN TABA: acoustic bass #4, #6, #8, #9
ANDERS SWANSON: acoustic bass solo #1
JASPER DUTZ [age 9]: bass clarinet, Bb clarinet

1. Look at the pretty weeds…they’re dead 13:38
2. Rotted vegetables…too late to pick 3:45
3. Rotted fruit…infested with insects 6:07
4. Distribute fertilizer…evenly 5:56
5. I like brown leaves especially when they’re torn 11:54
6. Leaf blowers are stinky…and loud 2:31
7. Norbert rakes bark…and mulch 7:58
8. Wicked late for nite blooming…but not dusk 6:16
9. Plant the bulbs…frequently 3:47

all compositions by Brad Dutz • (c) 2005, leakyspleen music, BMI
recorded by BRAD DUTZ 2003-2004
mixed and mastered by WAYNE PEET at NEWZONE, july 2004-jan 2005
cover cartoons: JASPER DUTZ • layout and design: KAORU MANSOUR and JEFF KAISER


1. Look at the pretty weeds…they’re dead
Kim Richmond-clarinet [solo]; John Fumo-trumpet [solo]; Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon [solo]; Anders Swanson-acoustic bass [solo]; Brad Dutz-vibes, marimba, crotales, bongos, cajon bongos, gong; Chris Wabich-drumkit; William Roper-tuba; Bob Carr-bass clarinet; Ellen Burr-flute; Trey Henry-acoustic bass
2. Rotted vegetables…too late to pick
Bob Carr-bass clarinet; Ellen Burr-alto flute; Brad Dutz-marimba; Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon; Kim Richmond-clarinet; text created and spoken by William Roper-tuba
3. Rotted fruit…infested with insects
same as above plus Chris Wabich-perc; featuring William Roper
4. Distribute fertilizer…evenly
Chris Wabich-steel drum [solo]; Jasper Dutz-bass clarinet;
Ellen Burr-flute; Dean Taba-acoustic bass; Kris Tiner-trumpet;
Brad Dutz-repique jamau, vibes, darabuka, cymbals, crotales Hadjira, khol; Ellen Burr-flutes
5. I like brown leaves especially when they’re torn
Chris Wabich-drumkit, percussion, steel drum [solo]; Brad Dutz-xylophone, congas, bongos, darabuka, marimba [solo]; Bob Carr-bass clarinet [solo]; Ellen Burr-flute; Trey Henry-acoustic bass; John Fumo-trumpet; Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon; Kim Richmond-clarinet; William Roper-tuba
6. Leaf blowers are stinky…and loud
Brad Dutz-marimba, vibes; Ellen Burr-flute;, Dean Taba-acoustic bass; William Roper-tuba; Jasper Dutz-bass clarinet, Bb clarinet;
John Fumo-trumpet
7. Norbert rakes bark…and mulch
Ellen Burr-piccolos [solo]; William Roper-tuba; John Fumo-piccolo trumpet; Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon; Bob Carr-bass clarinet; Kim Richmond-clarinet; Brad Dutz-piccolo snare, field snare, orchestra bells, bass drums, piatti, snare drum; Chris Wabich-piccolo snare, field snare, bass drum, piatti, snare drum
8. Wicked late for nite blooming…but not dusk
Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon; Bob Carr-bass clarinet; Kim Richmond-clarinet; Dean Taba-acoustic bass; William Roper-tuba; Kris Tiner-trumpet; Brad Dutz-vibes, crotales, cymbals, xylophone; Ellen Burr-flutes
9. Plant the bulbs…frequently
Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon; Bob Carr-bass clarinet; Kim Richmond-clarinet; Dean Taba-acoustic bass; William Roper-tuba; Kris Tiner-trumpet; Brad Dutz-marimba, xylophone; Ellen Burr-flute, piccolo; Chris Wabich-steel drum



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1 review for Brad Dutz: Nine Gardeners Named Ned (PFMCD026)

  1. 0 out of 5

    Brad Dutz is one of those L.A, based percussionists with some six discs out on Nine Winds under his own name, this is his second one for pfMentum. I only recognize a few of the names on this disc (John Fumo, William Roper & Ellen Burr), but as pfMentum closes in on their 30th release, they have introduced us to many new musicians from the L.A. scene. The titles of all of the pieces here are about weeds, rotten fruit and vegetables and other things from the rotting plant kingdom. I am unsure what the titles have to do with the music, although there is a few short pieces with some quaint spoken words from William Roper. The music is a splendid blend of third stream and progressive jazz writing and playing. Nice to hear those lighter reeds (clarinets, flutes & bassoon) for a change, instead of any honking saxes. Trumpeter John Fumo plays delightfully throughout, a rich tone and inspired muted playing as well. Brad Dutz’s tasty marimba and vibes work is often at the center of these pieces, very crafty and never intrusive. What stands out the most is Brad’s superb composing, rich, thoughtful and quietly enchanting. Brad likes to use these instruments more for their colors and textures, often creating little soundtracks for ongoing stories about the nine gardeners named Ned. Immensely charming in a way that speaks to the child in all of us sensitive adults.

    – BLG, Downtown Music Gallery

    Percussionist Brad Dutz leads an all-star ensemble on this program of his creative compositions. Each piece tells a story. The ensemble, including many of Southern California’s leading improvising artists, accurately shades each piece with colors and patterns that evoke various moods. The session’s standout instrumental voices include Dutz on marimba and vibraphone, Kim Richmond on clarinet, John Fumo on trumpet, Anders Swanson on bass, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, Ellen Burr on piccolo, Bob Carr on bass clarinet, and Chris Wabich on steel drum. Each takes his or her solo opportunity and runs with it freely.

    In concert, Dutz moves back and forth from marimba to vibraphone and his other assorted percussion instruments as the music takes shape. He creates his music with a natural ease, simply letting the mood settle in gradually and shift when needed.
    Nine Gardeners Named Ned comes with an exciting improvising ensemble that numbers just over nine. But gardeners they are, as each reaches out to cultivate Dutz’s musical ideas in accordance with his planned outlines.

    You have to love these song titles. Anyone who’s ever tried their luck at home and garden landscaping knows the feeling. By setting these thoughts and images to music, Dutz captures every nuance as his compositions take on the magnetic force of a classic symphonic tone poem. The nine suite-like movements that he’s drafted provide the ensemble with plenty of room to stretch. Collectively, they form a cohesive ensemble that delivers Dutz’s intended impressions accurately.

    Highly recommended, Nine Gardeners Named Ned carries jazz’s modern mainstream on its shoulders with a dazzling musical display that proves its rewards emphatically.

    Jim Santella,

    Percussionist Brad Dutz assembles a band consisting of twelve top-notch musicians…and the results are amazing. Nine Gardeners Named Ned features nine strangely-titled tracks that feature superbly executed modern jazz. These compositions have odd flavors that are sometimes reminiscent of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels. The songs are fluid and unpredictable and yet Dutz and his associates manage to inject their tunes with enough classic elements to make music that will appeal to a wide range of listeners. As with virtually all pfMENTUM releases, the sound quality is excellent throughout. Destined to be a cult favorite, Ned is blissfully satisfying and executed with genuine precision. (Rating: 5+)

    Now don’t let the silly sounding title or cartoonish cover throw you off. And ignore the silly song titles such as “Look at the pretty weeds…they’re dead” or “Distribute fertilizer..evenly” or “Leaf blowers are stinky…and loud.” Just LISTEN to the MUSIC!

    Brad Dutz plays vibes, marimba, crotales, bongos, cajon bongos, gongs, jamau, cymbals, darabuka, xylophones, bells, drums, snares, and many more items. Joined by various musicians, the music is impressive. One can follow it. The playing is clean, tight, bright, intelligent, and generally superb. Cut #1 has so much going on that it is a delight to listen to. The production is solid as the balance of instruments and sounds, it is just right. There’s clarinet, trumpet, bassoon, acoustic bass, tuba, drums, flutes, and lots more. This track is a masterpiece of musicanship and I can listen to it over and over and not get bored unlike the first album. It’s too bad that the title “Look at the pretty weeds…they’re dead” probably won’t excite too many PDs at jazz, neo-classical, instrumental, New Age, and other stations.

    Now the album has a fun side to it and obviously a theme. There’s the nine gardeners named Ned and nine songs. There’s even a narrator of sorts that tells us about them and their planting a garden. There’s alot more going on beyond as it gets tied into the original garden [Garden of Eden]. For such a fun project the music and musicianship is superb. Here we have quality playing from a group of very talented artists and performers including Mr. Tiner.

    I was amazed at how many instruments can sound so good and play so well with each other. There’s not a competition here but a wonderful unity [with distinctiveness] of playing. My favorite cuts were the aforementioned #1 and #4 “Distribute fertilizer…” Here the drums and drum-like sounds just captured my imagination. I can look at the credit of who played what and re-listen to try to pick out the instrument. Track 5 has lots of layers, tones, sounds, noises, and nuances going on that it is a real music lovers’ delight…especially those that like percussion.

    Other tracks range from the darkish cut #8 to the upbeat cut #9 “Plant the bulbs…frequently” which highlights tuba and trumpet. The song has moments reminiscent of comedies from the 30s or 40s or 50s.

    This album brings together many artists, a quirky theme, and great music, so that it succeeds. It isn’t an avant garde album per se and the music doesn’t go to the experimental but everything here just fits well. It’s a CD that deserves a listen. The CD put a smile on my face but especially on my ears. Recommended.

    A. Canales, The Critical Review Service

    CD Title: Nine Gardeners Named Ned
    Year: 2005
    Record Label: pfMENTUM
    Style: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
    Musicians: BRAD DUTZ-mallet percussion, hand percussion • CHRIS WABICH-drumset, steel drum, percussion; KIM RICHMOND-Bb clarinet • BOB CARR-bass clarinet • SARA SCHOENBECK-bassoon • ELLEN BURR-C flute, alto flute, piccolo • JOHN FUMO-trumpet, piccolo trumpet • KRIS TINER-trumpet, flugelhorn #4, #8, #9 • WILLIAM ROPER-tuba, spoken word • TREY HENRY-acoustic bass • DEAN TABA-acoustic bass #4, #6, #8, #9 • ANDERS SWANSON-acoustic bass solo #1 • JASPER DUTZ [age 9]-bass clarinet, Bb clarinet
    Review: This album is elaborate, quirky and quite a bit of fun, but it might easily be put in the “difficult listening music” category. I enjoyed Nine Gardeners Named Ned but I would only recommend it to people whose musical tastes I know very well.
    This is not commercial music; Nine Gardeners Named Ned seems to be music which was composed with the player foremost in the composers mind. Brad Dutz, who composed all of the music on this disc, is a musician who performs mallet percussion and hand percussion. His compositions diverge from the norm; they are a mirror image to tone based music. Rhythm is the driving force. The reeds, brass, and woodwinds have all been drafted into the rhythm section. Brad Dutz uses no piano or strings on this CD.
    Nine Gardeners Named Ned may also be program music or I originally thought that aspect may simply be a very well executed prank. Did Brad Dutz write his music to capture the melancholic experience of nine gardeners as they toil away, or did lyricist /spoken word artist William Roper simply write his text, name the songs and submit this to Mr. Dutz after the fact? Is this the “Rite of Spring” or not? I believe any CD that encourages such speculation on the part of the listener is worth buying.
    I wanted to know the answer to the program music question so I spoke with Brad Dutz and he informed me that he wrote the titles first and then Mr. Roper improvised the text using the “silly titles.” Brad also mentioned that he, like many other composers writes for the “curious quest” to discover some hopefully “NEW” sound.
    Nine Gardeners Named Ned contains fairly long sections where the music meanders like water through a garden looking for a place to sink into receptive earth. It also has long sections dominated by tuba as piccolos that buzz around like angry bees. And in this way it is like some of the best gardens, with islands of color amid areas of wide open space.
    The use of the tuba, and the playing of William Roper are reason enough to own this album. It is a rare event when you hear more then 3 or 4 notes played by a tuba in one song let alone having an entire CD where the tuba is among the main characters.
    I’m tempted to say that this is experimental but it really isn’t because this type of music has been done before. I was reminded of Frank Zappa’s music of the early 1970’s and some of Laurie Anderson’s music although I find her to be more lyrical.
    Other musicians who came to mind while listening to this album were drummer/ percussionist Bob Moses and genius of the saxophone and composition Ornette Coleman. While I enjoy the music that Zappa, Moses, Dutz, Coleman and Anderson have written and played I can not recommend them to a general audience and hope to have any credibility.
    This album imparts the feeling that we are listening to the private musical musings of the composer. There is a dreamlike quality to it. Brad Dutz has drifted off and in his dream eleven musicians with an exotic variety of instruments arrive and begin to play. Brad provides the ideas but in typical dream fashion the outcome seems to determine itself to some extent.
    I have to be in the right mood to listen to this type of music, but when I am in that mood I know I will listen to Nine Gardeners Named Ned with great enjoyment.

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