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From Valley To Valley

  • 1. I
    2. Announcement
    3. II
    4. Encore
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 18

  • Credits
    ProducerMichael Ehlers

    Die Like A Dog Quartet: Peter Brontzman (alto & tenor saxophones, tarogato, clarinet); Roy Campbell (trumpet, pocket trumpet, flugelhorn); William Parker (bass); Hamid Drake (drums, percussion).
    Recorded at the Fire In The Valley Festival, Amherst, Massachusetts on July 26, 1998.
    Personnel: Peter Brtzmann (reeds); Roy Campbell (brass); Hamid Drake (drums).
    Recording information: Bezanson Recital Hall, University of Massachusetts (07/25/1998).
    Photographer: Michael Wilderman.
    This version of the Die Like a Dog Quartet substitutes trumpeter Roy Campbell on trumpet. Otherwise, in addition to Brtzmann, the group includes percussionist Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker. From the perspective of free-style jazz, it does not get much better than this, the group totally in sync for three untitled pieces recorded live at the Fire in the Valley jazz festival in Amherst, Massachusetts. From any perspective, this very tight, highly disciplined unit is one of the leading ventures in the history of avant-garde jazz. On the second "tune, " they launch into a magnificent dialogue for forty minutes, rising and ebbing, with distinguished improvisations along the way. Campbell is a big plus, his clipped phrases, bold gestures, and confidant lines a welcome addition to the group sound. As to be expected, Brtzmann electrifies with never-ending torching, while Parker and Drake flow in and out with mesmerizing solidity. ~ Steven A. Loewy

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