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Perelman, Ivo (Fowler / Workman / Cyrille): Embracing the Unknown (Mahakala Music)

Recording with the legendary rhythm section of bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille, tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and stritch & saxello player Chad Fowler perfectly complement each other as they play off and complete each other's lines and phrases under the support of astute foundational support, an exemplary album of collective, cross-generational free improvisation.
 

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Ivo Perelman-tenor saxophone

Chad Fowler-stritch, saxello

Reggie Workman-bass, percussion

Andrew Cyrille-drums


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Liner notes by Matthew Shipp.

UPC: 195269286774

Label: Mahakala Music
Catalog ID: MAHA-076
Squidco Product Code: 34432

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: USA
Packaging: Gatefold Digipack
Recorded at Parkwest Studios, in Brooklyn, New York, on October 18th, 2021, by Jim Clouse.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Many factors go into the document you are listening to now. First, let's deal with the rhythm section of Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille. The combined work history and experience between them is beyond the beyond-say Reggie Workman playing with John Coltrane and Andrew Cyrille having played with Cecil Taylor. But in 2023 or 2024, who cares or should care about that history? I certainly do not-maybe I should just talk for myself. Having played with Coltrane or Taylor is meaningless in my way of seeing things, in regards to being able to make a relevant statement in the music today. What makes this a great rhythm section besides their obvious tremendous skills on their instruments is that they show up with an open mind and spirit to the personalities who are there in the room with them. Every time I've done anything with Andrew Cyrille and I bring up his pedigree, he has always projected to me the vibe that we younger players on the scene energize him and keep his spirits young. That has never been said in words, but that is how Andrew's spirit has always made me feel-what I feel he projects to me. I have always felt that Andrew and Reggie are very generous souls.

Enter the leader, Ivo Perelman, who is as true and pure a representative of what the current zeitgeist in the music and on his instrument is. Having done so much work with Ivo, I think know him pretty well. Ivo has pursued a path on his instrument with monastic fervor and the focused dedication of the highest order. He has not elected to go the sideman route, but instead focused on his own recordings and vision from the get-go. Check out the song titles on this album. They echo the path that Ivo is on and what he takes himself through. His research into sound, alternative practice techniques, and the physics of sound vibration on the horn are awe-inspiring. He is in a constant search of the physics of his horn and the depth of his psyche. He has stayed away from the Coltrane model in many ways, both on the horn and by not putting his music in the context of overtly religious themes like it might be possible for some post-Coltrane models do (vibe off the Love Supreme vibe?). His spirituality is a sort of secular depth psychology that takes into account his roots-be they his Brazilian roots, his Jewish roots, or his connection to America from having lived here and having friends here. He has a basic respect for all religious traditions and his music is spiritual (whatever that means) and he obviously has a complete understanding of the Black American free jazz tradition.

Of course, I am talking about the Ivo I know from having worked with him, and I am talking about this recording. I do not know all the ground Ivo has covered in his vast-vast-vast body of work. Ivo knows who he is-is very comfortable in his own skin. He never tries to act Black around black musicians. He shows up and is Ivo and that is why we love him. Ivo is funny and has quirks in his personality that give his friends material to make fun of him-in a loving way of course-humor is essential in this world to get through the day and Ivo understands that. There is zero pretense in Ivo's search and presentation. Therefore, he is authentic.

Chad Fowler who is newer on the scene is a musician of profound skill and sensitivity. As far as adding counterpoint and a counter-voice to complement the leader, you could not ask for more. It will be a tremendous pleasure to see what he comes up with on recordings throughout the coming years.

What makes this document delightful is the coming together of many factors: a great rhythm section with great experience who can distill that experience into the now, Ivo and Chad who are 100 percent of this time period, but who also have great joy playing together and who complement each other in a beautiful way. This is vibration music and if you open up and let it in, it can raise your spirits. It is also one more piece in the puzzle that is Ivo Perelman."-Matthew Shipp


Liner notes by Matthew Shipp.

Artist Biographies

"Born in 1961 in São Paulo, Brazil, Perelman was a classical guitar prodigy who tried his hand at many other instruments - including cello, clarinet, and trombone - before gravitating to the tenor saxophone. His initial heroes were the cool jazz saxophonists Stan Getz and Paul Desmond. But although these artists' romantic bent still shapes Perelman's voluptuous improvisations, it would be hard to find their direct influence in the fiery, galvanic, iconoclastic solos that have become his trademark.

Moving to Boston in 1981, to attend Berklee College of Music, Perelman continued to focus on mainstream masters of the tenor sax, to the exclusion of such pioneering avant-gardists as Albert Ayler, Peter Brötzmann, and John Coltrane (all of whom would later be cited as precedents for Perelman's own work). He left Berklee after a year or so and moved to Los Angeles, where he studied with vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake, at whose monthly jam sessions Perelman discovered his penchant for post-structure improvisation: "I would go berserk, just playing my own thing," he has stated.

Emboldened by this approach, Perelman began to research the free-jazz saxists who had come before him. In the early 90s he moved to New York, a far more inviting environment for free-jazz experimentation, where he lives to this day. His discography comprises more than 50 recordings, with a dozen of them appearing since 2010, when he entered a remarkable period of artistic growth - and "intense creative frenzy," in his words. Many of these trace his rewarding long-term relationships with such other new-jazz visionaries as pianist Matthew Shipp, bassists William Parker, guitarist Joe Morris, and drummer Gerald Cleaver.

Critics have lauded Perelman's no-holds-barred saxophone style, calling him "one of the great colorists of the tenor sax" (Ed Hazell in the Boston Globe); "tremendously lyrical" (Gary Giddins); and "a leather-lunged monster with an expressive rasp, who can rage and spit in violence, yet still leave you feeling heartbroken" (The Wire). Since 2011, he has undertaken an immersive study in the natural trumpet, an instrument popular in the 17th century, before the invention of the valve system used in modern brass instruments; his goal is to achieve even greater control of the tenor saxophone's altissimo range (of which he is already the world's most accomplished practitioner).

Perelman is also a prolific and noted visual artist, whose paintings and sketches have been displayed in numerous exhibitions while earning a place in collections around the world."

-Ivo Perelman Website (http://www.ivoperelman.com/bio/)
4/10/2024

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"I'm Chad Fowler. I write books, write and play music, write software, lead organizations (currently for Microsoft, in Berlin), invest in startups, speak at conferences, teach, learn, organize conferences, etc.

I started and co-organized a couple of Ruby-related conferences including The International Ruby Conference and RailsConf."

-Chad Fowler Website (http://chadfowler.com/)
4/10/2024

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"Reginald "Reggie" Workman (born June 26, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassist, recognized for his work with both John Coltrane and Art Blakey.

Workman was a member of jazz groups led by Gigi Gryce, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter and Red Garland. In 1961, Workman joined the John Coltrane Quartet, replacing Steve Davis. He was present for the saxophonist's Live at the Village Vanguard sessions, and also recorded with a second bassist (Art Davis) on the 1961 album, Olé Coltrane. After a European tour, Workman left Coltrane's group at the end of the year. Workman also played with James Moody, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann and Thelonious Monk. He has recorded with Archie Shepp, Lee Morgan and David Murray.

He is currently a professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, and is a member of the group, Trio 3, with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggie_Workman)
4/10/2024

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"Andrew Charles Cyrille (born November 10, 1939) is an American avant-garde jazz drummer. Throughout his career, he has performed both as a leader and a sideman in the bands of Walt Dickerson and Cecil Taylor, among others.

Cyrille was born on November 10, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York into a Haitian family. He began studying science at St. John's University, but was already playing jazz in the evenings and switched his studies to the Juilliard School. His first drum teachers were fellow Brooklyn-based drummers Willie Jones and Lenny McBrowne; through them, Cyrille met Max Roach. Nonetheless, Cyrille became a disciple of Philly Joe Jones, who in some performances such as Time Waits used Cyrille's drum kit.

His first professional engagement was as an accompanist of singer Nellie Lutcher, and he had an early recording session with Coleman Hawkins. Trumpeter Ted Curson introduced him to pianist Cecil Taylor when Cyrille was 18.

He joined the Cecil Taylor unit in 1964, and stayed for about 10 years, eventually performing drum duos with Milford Graves. In addition to recording as a bandleader, he has recorded and/or performed with musicians such as David Murray, Irène Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Carla Bley, Butch Morris and Reggie Workman among others. Cyrille is currently a member of the group, Trio 3, with Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Cyrille)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Embracing The Unknown 21:04

2. Soul Searching 10:28

3. Self-Reflection 6:46

4. Introspection 8:21

5. Self-Analysis 7:25

6. Self-Fulfillment 7:06

7. Self-Contemplation 7:13

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