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New Monuments (Don Dietrich / Ben Hall / Camille Dietrich / Tony Gordon): Language is the Skin [CD w (Torn Light)

Recording in Detroit in 2021 the ruggedly extreme free jazz quartet New Monuments of Don Dietrich (Borbetomagus) on saxophone, Ben Hall on percussion, Camille Dietrich on cello and Tony Gordon on electric bass guitar shred through six collective improvisations, taking time for burning solo moments and electrically-fueled exchanges; scorching!
 

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Label: Torn Light
Catalog ID: TL065
Squidco Product Code: 32380

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack

Personnel:

Don Dietrich-saxophone

Ben Hall-percussion

Camille Dietrich-cello

Tony Gordon-electric bass guitar

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"Don Dietrich is a saxophonist and founding member of New York City based improvisational group, Borbetomagus. Recently, he has become involved with the noise/free jazz "supergroup" The New Monuments (with C. Spencer Yeh and Ben Hall)."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Dietrich_(musician))
9/28/2022

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Detroit-based percussionist Ben Hall is a member of groups Burning Graveyard Lights, Cass Chamber, Death Knell, Graveyards, Hell And Bunny, Jack Wright Nonet, KillDevilHills, Machine Yardz, Mêlée, Psalm Alarm, The New Monuments, Traum, and Trauma, and leads his own Ben Hall's Racehorse Names.

-Discogs 9/28/2022

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"Having grown up exposed to her father's playing since birth Camille Dietrich has been in a unique position as a musician, being subjected to a method of free playing that takes most artists years of exploration to locate. Yet as a cellist Camille has not grown up a copy of her father, and while she shares his unforgiving intensity in her playing, there is an individual confidence and playfulness to how she approaches her instrument [...]"

-Pica Disk (http://www.picadisk.com/pica042.html)
9/28/2022

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Tony Gordon, aka Freebass, is an Atlanta, GA based bassist, known for the groups Charlie Parker, DWMTG, Tuba, Zandosis, and New Monuments.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1334330-Tony-Gordon-2)
9/28/2022

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track listing:


1. Bush Pilots 3:18

2. Reincarnation Is Hard To Do 8:06

3. New Ruin 3:34

4. Two Fingers 6:24

5. Lamprey Embouchure 11:29

6. Blush 19:26
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"What our staff has to say: "The birth of NEW FREE JAZZ. A completely unhinged document of New Monuments. Fresh new quartet line-up. This is the next level, and the next step. Completely controlled chaotic mess." - Alex

Language is the Skin is the fourth full length release by New Monuments, the quartet co-led by Don Dietrich (Borbetomagus) and Ben Hall (Graveyards/Bill Dixon). Hall and Dietrich continue applying pressure to the structure of the relationship between saxophone and percussion. "Language" branches out to include totally new forms, line-ups, and instrumentation.

New to the band, replacing C. Spencer Yeh, are Don's 25 year-old shredder daughter Camille adding 'cello, big Stockhausian refrigerator drags (the apple don't fall far from...) as well as Atlanta free music sorcerer Tony Gordon on electric bass bringing that Jamaaladeen as inhabited by broken A.I. Hall, for his part, restructures the rhythm away from any post-Lifetime power trio mechanics using multiple drummers, concert percussion, MPC, and bits of concrete.

While Borbeto has played less, Don has not stopped bringing more rigor and more complexity to his sound to produce a density that is absolutely feral and totally obsessed/enthralled with its own forward momentum. Together, the band has thoroughly escaped its own captivity and sideways reliance on idiom -- and in doing so, has become a genre unto itself."-Torn Light

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