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Clark, Scott: Tonow (Clean Feed)

Drummer Scott Clark continues to explore his Native American roots in this album dedicated to the protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota, each heartfelt piece titled for aspects of those demonstrations, performed with bassist Cameron Ralston, trumpeter Bob Miller, saxophonist Jason Scott, guitarist Alan Parker, and extended with Chicago guitarist Tobin Summerfield.
 

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UPC: 5609063004786

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF478CD
Squidco Product Code: 26017

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Minimum Wage Recording Studio in Richmond, Virginia, on January 31st and April 26th, 2017, by Lance Koehler.


Personnel:

Cameron Ralston-bass

Jason Scott-saxophone

Bob Miller-trumpet

Alan Parker-guitar

Toby Summerfield-guitar

Scott Clark-drums

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track listing:


1. Plains 12:57

2. Stand 13:14

3. Red, White, Yellow 15:20

4. Cantapeta Creek 7:42
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"ToNow is a contribution in music to the protests that took place at Standing Rock for much of 2016-2017 and remain ongoing. Four songs represent four different aspects: "Plains" (the landscape), "Stand" (Standing Rock reservation), "Red, White, Yellow" (colors on the reservation flag) and "Cantapeta Creek" (the epicenter of the protests). ToNow is meant to be listened to as a suite, continuing the through- compositional voice heard on Bury My Heart (2016), inspired by the events in Dee Brown's book of the same name. Clark continues to explore the meanings of his own Native heritage in an improvisational and collaborative context, with returning personnel on bass, saxophone and trumpet and two additional guitar voices. An enervating and elegaic post-rock, post-bop format."-Clean Feed

"On the Title:

ToNow comes from something that my daughter said to me one day, "No dada not today tonow" and I thought that was brilliant. It applies to my thoughts on the events at Standing Rock and a lot of other current issues. We can't wait until tomorrow or even today, things need to happen ToNow.

On the Recording:

I would send some pictures or links to stories to try to have the musicians coming from a similar place emotionally when we would go to play it on a particular take. That's the most important thing-trying to capture what the piece is and the emotion of what you're playing.

On the Cover:

The cover is one of my paintings that happened to be finished on Columbus Day. I like the idea of the colors falling down and there being no stars. It means many different things to many different people."-Scott Clark website


Artist Biographies:

"Cameron Ralston is the House Bassist & Producer for Spacebomb Records. He tour sometimes. He lives in Richmond, VA."

-https://twitter.com/cameronthewise?lang=en (Twitter)
6/6/2018

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"Jason Scott is active as a performing musician, composer, and educator with over 10 years of college teaching experience and over 16 years in classroom and private instruction. His private studio includes students of all ages and skill level, many of whom have been recognized in state, district, and county ensembles.

As a performer, Jason has been a featured artist with many of Richmond's top bands. Jason is currently a member of Richmond's critically acclaimed avante garde jazz ensemble, "Fight the Big Bull", signed to Clean Feed records and featured regularly on National Public Radio. While attending New York University he was awarded the "Charles McGhee Scholarship for Musical Excellence" and "Outstanding Leadership in Jazz/Contemporary Music Studies" grant.

Most recently Jason performed for 2 nights in the main hall at the iconic Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia with the critically acclaimed show "Sounds of the South". Members of the group include Grammy Award winner Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Rolling Stone's artist to watch Matthew E White. In addition to performances throughout the United States, South America and Europe, Jason was invited to a one month residency funded by the United States embassy in Turkey. There, he provided jazz education for university students through classroom lectures and interactive performance classes. A past student of world-renowned saxophonist George Garzone, he has performed in major venues including New York's famous Birdland, headlined the Williamsburg Jazz Festival and has performed alongside many of the world's most revered jazz artists. He holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth and New York University."

-LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasscott)
6/6/2018

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"Bob Miller plays trumpet, synth and sings coro for Bio Ritmo. He's been in the band almost since the beginning.

He has been playing trumpet professionally since 1991. He graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Music Education in 1995 and went on to do Master's work in jazz at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has appeared on over 50 recordings ranging from jazz to folk to latin to rock and roll, including albums with Bio Ritmo, Matthew E. White, The Mountain Goats, Megafaun, Steven Bernstein, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, David Karsten Daniels, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and Marion James. He has been honored to share the stage with artists such as Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Sharon Van Etten, Ken Vandermark, Clark Terry, Dave Holland, John Pizzarelli, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Poncho Sanchez, Eddie and Gerald Levert, and Barry Harris as well as most of the artists on whose recordings he has appeared. His open-minded approach to music has made him a highly sought after studio musician and freelance artist. Current projects include old-school salsa outfit Bio Ritmo, Avant-jazz groups The Scott Clark 4tet and Fight the Big Bull, Modern Americana artist Matthew E. White and numerous other projects in the Richmond, VA area including Fear of Music, Hi-Steps and Microwaves."

-Bio Ritmo (http://bioritmo.com/bob-miller/)
6/6/2018

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"Toby Summerfield is a Bassist and Guitarist living in New Hampshire. Born in Ann Arbor, 1978. Lived in Chicago 2001-2012. Composer, Improviser, Collaborator. Guitarist, Bassist.Composer, Collaborator and Improviser."

-Toby Summerfield Website (https://www.tobysummerfield.com/about/)
6/6/2018

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"Drummer and composer, Scott Clark keeps time in the balance. His performances behind the kit are generous and empathetic, establishing his voice immediately upon striking the surface. It is rare to find art that is both formally rigorous and aesthetically vital, but Clark thrives in this project, engineering frameworks for lucid, active songs, drawing on the performances of his collaborators and the weight of his subject matter. A series of jazz suites have emerged from the study of his own Native ancestry, beginning with Bury My Heart (2016) written in response to Dee Brown's book of the same title, and continuing with ToNow (2018) written as a contribution to the Standing Rock protests and the unlawful construction of an oil pipeline across Native land. By centering jazz in this historic and ongoing injustice, Clark pulls together a deeply American artform and a deeply American tragedy, yet his project never feels weighed down by its sense of purpose. Protest music that is lucid and nourishing, a rhythmic shape of restless assurance."

-Scott Clark Website (https://scottwclark.com/about/)
6/6/2018

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