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The third installment in Locust Music’s Object series, recordings inspired by selected objects, finds saxophonist Matt Bauder and bassist Jason Ajemian contemplating what looks like some sort of computer disc drive. But does it really matter? Prior efforts were focused on bowling balls and brillo pads. Not quite stuff found in Emily Dickinson's house.
The single 31-minute track was made in down state Illinois on a summer’s night. The pair play a continuous dirge over the sounds of crickets in the yard. Tenor, bowed bass, and a bit of overdubbed mix make for a contemplative session that is as relaxed as a night when the electricity fails and you are left to wander out-of-doors to view the stars.
Saxophonist Matt Bauder can be found in bands formed by Anthony Braxton, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Parker; he released Weary Already of the Way in 2003 on 482 Music. Jason Ajemian’s bass can be heard in Triage, with saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Tim Daisy, and with the folk deconstruct band Born Heller.
The duo recording, actually a big band if you count the crickets—you have to count the crickets (not the Buddy Holly band)—has been in continual rotation in my CD player. Bauder and Ajemian cast a spell-inducing sound. They apply continual tones that naturally blend with the brushwork the crickets supply as white noise.
Kind of a Zen thing that children inherently understand.
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Personnel: Matt Bauder - Tenor Saxophone; Jason Ajemian - Bass.
I love jazz because my father shard it with me. I was first exposed to jazz as a kid with Eddie Condon records. I met Warren Covington when I was in College and he was leading the Tommy Dorsey Band. I sat in, and very soon after that began singing with a Big Band in Cleveland
I love jazz because my father shard it with me. I was first exposed to jazz as a kid with Eddie Condon records. I met Warren Covington when I was in College and he was leading the Tommy Dorsey Band. I sat in, and very soon after that began singing with a Big Band in Cleveland. The best show I ever attended was Earl Hines when I was in middle school. My Dad took me. The first jazz record I bought was a Dinah Washington LP. My advice to new listeners is to find artists and composers that are not mainstream. Go outside the box. Please don't just purchase what they are pushing on iTunes.