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Blaser/Delbecq/Hemingway - Fourth Landscape due September 17, 2013
photos: Gerry Hemingway
On January 22, 2013, three innovative musicians recorded at Studio de Meudon in Paris, France for nuscope recordings. Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser, who currently resides in Berlin, Germany and Brooklyn, New York, is best known for his meditative, original, and exciting trombone playing. Paris resident Benoît Delbecq, of course, is a truly original pianist who merges such seemingly disparate influences as Gyorgy Ligeti, John Cage, Steve Lacy, and even electronica into a new and refreshing style. Gerry Hemingway, now resident in Luzern, Switzerland, is a penultimate drummer and composer who has performed with many musicians including Anthony Braxton and Ray Anderson. Hemingway has recorded for nuscope as a part of his great trio with Georg Graewe and Ernst Reijseger (Counterfactuals - CD 1010).
Fourth Landscape includes stunning compositions by all musicians. Following the recording, Blaser and Delbecq mixed the recording at Plush Studio with the great engineer, Etienne Bultingaire. Nuscope's engineer, Alan Bise is about to follow with the final master for 88.2/24 bit download and CD. The recording will be released on September 17th of this year along with a new nuscope recordings website launch. This is an exciting project that is of utmost interest to fans of all three musicians.
Evan Parker and Georg Graewe recording recently released
The recording is very different than that of many in the nuscope catalog. First, there are only three pieces (four pieces on the audiophile 44.1/24 bit download now available on HD Tracks), the longest of which clocks in at just over 37 minutes! However, the improvisations are always exciting and never pedantic or sprawling. This is thrilling live music, and is a great contrast to Parker's recent duo recordings with pianists Misha Mengelberg and Matthew Shipp. Parker focuses on tenor and Graewe plays a beautiful Bösendorfer Model 225 grand piano. This disc features notes from Bill Shoemaker and striking cover art from John Holt Smith.
This fine CD has received airplay on WMSE in Milwaukee; CKUT in Montreal; CKCU and CHOU in Ottawa; CFRU in Guelph; Asheville FM in Asheville, North Carolina; WHFR in Detroit; and WNUR in Chicago!
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Welcome to nuscope recordings
The origins of nuscope recordings began in 1998 to document daring and life-affirming music with roots in jazz, free jazz, free improvisation, and modern avant-garde classical composition. The musicians who perform this music have the ability to stimulate, mystify, and move; they also have the gift to shatter preconceived perceptions of music and sound.
With sound artists such as Evan Parker, Georg Graewe, and others, nuscope recordings hopes to bring about fresh perspectives of improvised and related music. Although the music on the nuscope recordings label will varyone thing remains consistent. That is, all of these musicians present their music, regardless of label, with added artistic value.
This 13-track CD, which was financed by the Swedish Arts Council, was beautifully recorded by engineer Johannes Lundberg at Epidemin Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden on a new Fazioli grand piano and mastered by Alan Bise at Azica Productions in Cleveland. Pianist Louis Goldstein, who wrote the liner notes for Sten Sandell's Solid Musik, also contributes liner notes for this release.
from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, and University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, pianist and band leader Lisa Ullén worked in a
wide variety of musical settings before concentrating on improvisation. Lisa
has performed with bassist Nina De Haney, saxophonist Dror Feiler, and many
other fine musicians.
The trio's music comes out of the Jimmy Giuffre late 50's tradition of reeds, guitar, and double-bass, but extends upon that tradition with challenging compositions and tastefully integrated extended techniques. According to Glenn Astarita in the All About Jazz web site, "Overall, Hornets Collage is lyrical, enduring, spacious yet subtly captivating as the trio pursue layered themes and sweet-tempered choruses while the music breathes life and conjures up vivid imagery proportionate to an impressionist painter of landscapes or dreams."
Since its original CD release in late 1999, Scott Fields has released a string of invigoratingly innovative CDs, François Houle has continued to be a strong force in both improvised and composed chamber music settings, and Jason Roebke has built on his reputation and become a highly-respected first call bassist in Chicago.
This newly re-mastered session is available through HDTracks as a download with a new 8-page booklet which includes additional liner notes from François Houle. The original issue continues to be available only as a compact disc with its original mastering and graphics.
Nuscope downloads now available on HD Tracks
12 of nuscope's 26 recordings are now available as high resolution MP3s, AIFF, and FLAC files on the HD Tracks website at http://www.hdtracks.com. Alberto Braida's Talus is also available as an 88.2 kHz/24 bit download for those who have the capacity to download music files that approach SACD sound quality.
New nuscope recordings address
nuscope recordings now has a new address after 12 years in Dallas! The new address is: