feedback studies

Back in early 2009 I was living in an apartment in a deserted house originally built in 1892 that overlooked the east side of downtown Greensboro. Giant, cold cavernous rooms that lent themselves well to these strange meditations for acoustic bass guitar and amplifier. Below is feedback study #02. Crank your stereo as loud as you can handle and press play. The rest of the feedback studies are posted on my bandcamp page.

 

 

ORM

There is a recording I did with Frank Gratkowski, Dave Fox, and Ian Davis called ORM released on Umbrella Recordings. Recorded in October 2004 in Winston-Salem, NC.

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Reviews:

Cadence Magazine March 2007 p. 46-47

Pianist Dave Fox, bassist David Menestres, and percussionist Ian Davis are all based in central North Carolina.  The three perform as part of Fox’s quartet (8/04, p.128) and Davis is part of the collective groups Unstable Ensemble and Micro East Collective (along with Cadence scribe Jason Bivins.)  This session was recorded during German reed player Frank Gratkowski’s 12-day residency in North Carolina during the fall or 2004.  Gratkwoski had spent time in North Carolina before, conducting workshops and performing with the Micro East Collective.  Here, the eight collective improvisations have an intimate chamber feel.  This is music full of spontaneous counterpoint as the various voices play off of each other.   Fox, Menestres, and Davis improvise together on a regular basis and it shows in the way that they synch in to the dynamics and densities of the music.  Gratkowski fits in perfectly, placing his carefully wrought reed lines against Fox’s introspective linear musings, Menestres’ elastic bass playing, and Davis’ pointillistic percussion.  The group can tread cautiously, like on the opening piece, or dive into more tumultuous freedom as they do on the third piece.  There, Gratkowski’s alto dive bombs against the pianist’s brittle shards while Davis shows that he can push things with a free swing with the same acuity he shows in his free playing.  The quartet can also display a sensitive melodicisim like on the penultimate piece that evokes the musings of Paul Bley.  Throughout, there is the sounds of four musicians stretching each other as they work their way through.  It is meetings like this one that prove the vitality of regional improvising scenes.  -Michael Rosenstein

 

From AllAboutJazz.com:

ORM finds Fox on the path of freedom, similarly to last year’s collaborative Foxbourne Chronicles or his gorgeously introspective solo disc, Dedication Suite. Always deeply drawn to harmony, even in its most abstract manifestations, he couldn’t ask for a better partner in saxophonist Frank Gratkowski. Listen to the opening gestures of “Bedo , where Fox echoes Gratkowski’s trichord assertion in kind, bassist David Menestres commencing and concluding the phrase with authoritative slaps. On the title track, Gratkowski’s long alto tones seem to grow out of Fox’ chordal punctuations, while drummer Ian Davis and Menestres provide a soft bed of brushwork and arco insinuations on which the others explore.

Gratkowski is as much a rhythmatist as a melodist and he spends the disc veering between Fox’ rhapsodically linear musings and Davis’ rhythmic intricacies — no mean feat and highly successful. “Euvl finds him initially in Davis’ camp, sharp and rhythmically precise exhalations nevertheless accenting Fox’ chords and lines. In fact, Fox and Davis might be seen as the axis on which the disc turns, Menestres and Gratkowski lending support, texture and color where necessary, the dialectic ensuring a fascinating and gratifying listen throughout.

Gatewalk

 

Gatewalk is a cd released by the Dave Fox Group, featuring Michael Collings on guitar, Ian Davis, on drums, Dave Fox on piano/keyboards, and me.

 

Reviews:

Cadence, August 2004
By Frank Rubolino

Guitar and Keyboards form an interlocked bond on [Dave Fox Group, Gatewalk], where the Dave Fox Group skips unencumbered through a program of original material. Fox lays down a freelanced foundation on keyboards, and Collings spins off rounds of improvised commentary while bassist Menestres and percussionist Davis develop an impressive unstructured backdrop. Although keyboard/guitar bands typically lean in the Fusion direction, that is certainly not the case here. This group plays wide open, aggressive, and highly innovative Jazz rarely heard with this instrumentation. Fox’s approach on keyboards places the music squarely in the creative improvised sector and is anything but a compromise to popularity. He produces a plethora of diverse keyboard sounds; his attack is fully liberated, and his solos are well-designed, spontaneous outpourings.

Fox does introduce some discipline into the equation, typically as initial road markers for the band’s undefined journeys. “Gatewalk,” for example, begins with a specified theme but immediately curves off the road onto unpaved, open terrain. Conversely, “Bran Flakes” takes a fully unstructured developmental route to unpredictable destinations without ever looking at a road map. Menestres and Davis go off on tangents with regularity, spicing the action with irregular drumbeats and divergent bass patterns. They keep the sessioni n an unbalanced mode, permitting Collings and Fox to become explorers of their new found territory. Collings is particularly innovative on guitar; he sings out with ringing improvisations to mesh precisely with Fox’s probing articulation. This cooks on all burners; the artists individually take risks yet their collective voices come together as a unified yet abstract equation. This is the quartet’s first release, but these guys are poised for a leap into the big-time.

JazzReview.com, August 2004

By Glenn Astarita

Here is an East Coast based quartet that navigates a wide spectrum of sound and ideas, without becoming indulgent or bombastic. There are some ethereal dreamscapes, yet the band also incorporates an avant, slant on jazz-fusion tinted with cool hooks and other pleasantries.

Drummer Ian Davis turns up the heat when necessary. However, Davis’ lightly swarming attack, coupled with bassist David Menestres’ limber lines provide a fluent bottom end. Guitarist Michael Collings frequently complements keyboardist Dave Fox’s thoughtful musings awash with breezy swing grooves, elements of noise music and intermittent injections of progressive rock vamps. Think of taking a spin on a roller coaster, running at half-speed! Essentially, the group’s well thought out game plan translates into a focused engagement, consisting of climactically oriented deviations from previously rendered themes. As they navigate a multihued array of sound amid quiet vistas, haunting lyricism and sporadic jaunts into the red zone! (Recommended…)

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. 3rd Movement from Amalgamations for Solo Bass – Edgar Meyer – Uncommon Ritual – 1997
2. My Motherfuckin’ Roda! – Ches Smith – Congs for Brums – 2006
3. MS-2 Metal Cloud Solo – Rafael Toral – Lontano – Homage to Giacinto Scelsi – 2009
4. New Morning Sun – S. Whitt Denson – I Belong To This Band: Eighty-Five Years of Sacred Harp Recordings – 1960
5. The Dusk Singers – Tucker Martine – Broken Hearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica from Southeast Asia – 2004
6. The Dadda’s Intoxication – Nurse With Wound/Stereolab – Crumb Duck – 1993
7. Ohio (demonstration version) – Dan Deacon – Twacky Cats – 2004
8. View Nine – Kowald/Masaoka/Robair – Illuminations (Several Views) – 2003
9. Geiger Counter – Kraftwerk – Radio-Activity – 1975
10. Thin Legs – Konono No. 1 – Assume Crash Position – 2010
11. My Electric Dreams – Colin McLean, Andy Moor – Everything but the Beginning – 2009
12. Mr. TC – Elliot Sharp/ Frances-Marie Uitti – Hallelujah, Anyway: Remembering Tom Cora – 1999
13. Dear Heather – Leonard Cohen – Dear Heather – 2004
14. Ellensbirds – if, bwana – 33 Birds Went – 1995
15. Salmon Brook – David Karsten Daniels and Fight the Big Bull – I Mean to Live Here Still – 2010
16. Gowanus Canal – transit – transit – 2005
17. Come Sunday – Randy Weston – Ancient Future – 2002
18. 3 Elephants and a Cow – Toychestra and Fred Frith – What Leave Behind – 2004
19. Bring Your Knives – Buke and Gass – +/- – 2008
20. Pulse March – Asphalt Orchestra – Asphalt Orchestra – 2010
21. Exu’ – (unknown) – Amazonia – Cult Music of Northern Brazil
22. Aluminum – So Percussion / Matmos – Treasure State – 2010
23. w/ Jim Baker – Mike Reed – In the Context Of – 2005
24. Sound Spectra / Spec Sket – Sun Ra and his Solar Akestra – Other PLaces of There – 1964
25. Suffer Bomb Damage – The Dead C – Harsh 70’s Reality – 1992
26. Au Pair, 10 – Robert Ashley – Atalanta (Acts of God) Volume II – 2010
27. Carla Bozulich’s Fake Party: Audience Cassette Tape Improv (excerpt) – Carla Bozulich, Geoff Brandin, Nels Cline & David Scott Stone – soundCd no. I – 2002
28. Look Over Here From the Other Side – Seijaku – You Should Prepare To Survive Through Even Anything Happens – 2010
29. Steam – Alfred Schnittke – Electroacoustic Music Volume IV: Archive Tapes Synthesizer ANS 1964 – 1971 – 1971

 

originally aired April 24, 2011

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. Durations of Permanence – Bill Dixon – Tapestries for Small Orchestra – 2009
2. 6 Oscillators – Jim O’Rourke – 6 Oscillators ’87/Guitar ’88 – 2006
3. 13072001 – Sachiko M – Improvised Music From Japan – 2001
4. Symphony No. 1, I. Senza Tempo – Alfred Schnittke/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra – The Ten Symphonies- 1992

5. Moon Bird – Myra Melford Be Bread – The Whole Tree Gone – 2010
6. Holocaust – Big Star – 3rd – 1975
7. Cro Mag – The Old Ceremony – Tender Age – 2010
8. Crepuscular Refractions – Mystery Eye – Original Silence – The Second Original Silence – 2008
9. Lehi Teyliu – Group Doueh – Beatte Harab – 2010

10. Change Ringing – Olivia Block – Change Ringing – 2005

originally aired April 17, 2011

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. Gross und Klein, Gebhard Ullman, Chris Dahlgren, Peter Herbert – bassx3 – 2004
2. Aime to Prochain Comme Toi Meme – The Dead C – The White House – 1995
3. Huriyet – The Ex – Turn – 2004
4. Love More – Sharon Van Etten – Epic – 2010
5. South By West – Matana Roberts – The Chicago Project – 2008
6. 5 dashes I say again – The Conet Project – 2008
7. Shave ‘Em Dry – Lucille Bogan – Sugar In My Bowl Vintage Sex Songs 1923-1952 – 2004
8. Esteem – Ideal Bread – The Ideal Bread – 2007

9. Graffiti Composition 1 – Christian Marclay – Graffiti Composition – 2010
10. V – Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band – Poppy Nogood “All Night Flight” vol. 1 – 1996
11. Elegua – (unknown) – Rhythms & Songs for the Orishas
12. Codex – William Parker – Long Hidden: The Olmec Series – 2006
13. Fractal 4 – Susie Ibarra – Flower After Flower – 2000
14. Composition 85 – Anthony Braxton – Duo (Leipzig) 1993 – 1995
15. Real Solid – Lotte Anker, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver – Live at the Loft – 2009

16. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean – The Staple Singers – MRC-018: How Long Has It Been Since You’ve Been Home? – 2009
17. Prayer – (unknown) – Streets of Lhasa – 2005
18. Saxophone, Radio, Tape – Machinefabriek – Shuffle – 2009
19. Farewell Anthem – Henagar-Union Sacred Harp Convention – I Belong To This Band: Eighty-Five Years of Sacred Harp Recordings – 2006
20. Rotation – Frank Gratkowski – Kollaps – 2000
21. The Boy in the Bubble – Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back – 2010
22. Set Sail for the Sun – The Respect Sextet – Sirius Respect – 2009

 

originally aired April 10, 2011

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. The Cosmic Explorer – Sun Ra Arkestra – Fondation Maeght Nights volume 1 -1970
2. synapse>VALENTINE – Jacob Druckman –  ANIMUS III / synapse Valentine – 1971
3. Death Rattle – Tony Malaby – Tamarindo Live – 2010

4. Cardamom – Tatsuya Nakatani and Forbes Graham – Essences – 2009
5. Puppet Knowledge – Microkingdom – Spectacular Edges – 2009
6. And I Await the Resurrection of the Pedal Steel Guitar – Susan Alcorn – And I Await the Resurrection of the Pedal Steel Guitar – 2007
7. The Last Dream of the Beast – Morton Subotnick (1978) – The Art of Joan La Barbara – 1985
8. Sage Iconic Silt – Alvin Curran – LONTANO – Homage To Giacinto Scelsi – 2009

9. Medulla Oblongata – Buke and Gass – Riposte – 2010
10. Flocks III [live] – Collections of Colonies of Bees – toe/collection of colonies of bees – 2009

 

originally aired March 27, 2011

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. Post-Modern Pharaohs – Dual Identity – Dual Identity – 2010
2. Cliches – Ideal Bread – Transmit – 2010
3. Atom’s Tomb – Electrelane – Axes – 2005
4. Pillow Circles 41 – Jorrit Djikstra – Pillow Circles – 2010
5. Sonata V – John Cage – Sonatas and Interludes – 1958

6. Waiting for Andy – Rodrigo Amado – Searching for Adam – 2010
7. [untitled track 11] – Tatsuya Nakatani/Peter Kowald – 13 Definitions of Truth – 2003
8. Funhouse Glockwork – Ingrid Laubrock – Anti-House – 2010
9. Del En – Artifact – Artifact: iTi Live in St. Johann – 2010
10. Lesser Heaven – Brian Eno – Small Craft on a Milk Sea – 2010

11. Slowliness in Green and Yellow – Gebhard Ullmann, Chris Dahlgren, Peter Herbert – bassx3 – 2004
12. Come True – Jandek – Portland Thursday – 2009

 

originally aired March 20, 2011

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. Cues to the Vagabound – Bruce Eisenbeil Sextet – Inner Constellation vol. 1 – 2007
2. Infinite Love (D2T13) – Dustin Wong – Infinite Love – 2010
3. Intimidator – Oren Ambarchi – Intermission 2000-2008 – 2009
4. Weary Already of the Way 3  – Matt Bauder – Weary Already of the Way – 2001
5. Life – Jason Adasiewicz – Sun Rooms – 2010

6. Red Flag – Jon Langford & Kat Ex – KatJonBand – 2008
7. Paris Rip-Off – Steve Lacy – Dreams/Scratching the Seventies – 1997
8. Four Feet of Slush – The Engines – Wire and Brass – 2010
9. If Light Has No Age, Time Has No Shadow – Original Silence – The First Original Silence – 2007
10.TV – Jason Ajemian & the Highlife – Let Me Get That Digital – 2010
11. Aha, Sissy Arsonist – Dymaxion – Dymaxion x 4 + 3 = 39.21 – 2001
12. Chants for Magnetic Tape – Menachem Zur – Electronic Music Winners – 1974
13. Electronic Study No. 3 in Memoriam Edgar Varese – Mario Davidovsky – CRI SD 204 – 1965

14. Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter – Nina Simone – It Is Finished – 1974
15. Stare Into A Lightbulb For Three Years – Joe Morris Trio – Antennae – 1997
16. We Travel the Spaceways – Matana Roberts Quartet – The Calling – 2006

 

originally aired March 13, 2011

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[track – artist – album – year]

1. The Principle of Intrusive Relationships – Sao Paulo Underground – The Principle of Intrusive Relationships -2008

2. Part 1 – Diskaholics Anonymous Trio – Weapons Of Ass Destruction With Diskaholics Anonymous Trio -2006
3. Bronx #3 – Daniel Levin Quartet – Bacalhau – 2010
4.  kw-uhnx-wa – Peter Evans & Tom Blancarte – Sparks – 2008
5. Violence – Andrew Hill – Involution – 1966

6. The Lawn of the Limp – Tortoise/The Ex – In the Fishtank 05 – 1998
7. Big Bopper Anthems – Maps & Atlases – Tree, Swallows, Houses – 2006
8. Part I/II – Roher/Barella – Gongs – 2006

 

originally aired March 6, 2011