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Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Chris Corsano: Malus

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Named musician of the year in the El Intruso 2013 critics poll, trumpeter Nate Wooley looks to be on a roll. That's in spite, or perhaps that should be because, of being so hard to pin down. His output stretches from experimental solo works such as Trumpet/Amplifier (Smeraldina-Rima 2011) and The Almond (Pogus Productions, 2011), to his more tradition-orientated quintet on (Put Your) Hands Together (Clean Feed, 2011) and (Sit In) The Throne of Friendship (Clean Feed, 2013). Malus pitches midway between the two extremes, and close to Six Feet Under (No Business Records, 2012) with Paul Lytton and Christian ...

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Nate Wooley, Seymour Wright: About Trumpet and Saxophone

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About Trumpet and Saxophone has an intriguing image across the back and front of its double fold-out sleeve. Painted by Geoff Wright in 1968 and entitled Svetlana, it consists of eight images of a woman which, read from left to right, show her dressing from compete nakedness through the donning of items of underwear to full evening dress including long black gloves. It is intriguing not for reasons of sexual politics but because it is so wildly incompatible with the music contained within. Studio-recorded in London on Independence Day 2012, About Trumpet and Saxophone features Nate Wooley on trumpet and ...

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Nate Wooley: Seven Storey Mountain III And IV

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Parts III and IV of a seven part cycle, trumpeter Nate Wooley's long form electro-acoustic work Seven Storey Mountain gains additional players and momentum with these two live performances. The music was originally commissioned for the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which has seen a shuffle in its performers, but the concept of muscle rapture endures in these sounds. Wooley, a central figure in the world of modern improvisation, has been heard in bands led by Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Mary Halvorson, Harris Eisenstadt, and Evan Parker, to name just a few. He also leads a quintet, plays ...

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Nate Wooley - Peter Evans - Jim Black - Paul Lytton: Trumpet and Drums: Live in Ljubljana

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Given the unorthodox instrumentation, there's a little more than meets the eyes and ears on this quartet effort recorded at a jazz festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Each musician is highly respected within the progressive and avant jazz communities. Yet the band doesn't bridge the playing field with tireless bashing and cacophonous exchanges, which are components that may seem inherent under the assumption that the unorthodox group format may be conducive to a free-form crash and burn contest. On the contrary, they engage in a wide-open platform, tinted with subtle electronics, harrowing soundscapes, nimble contrasts, playful interludes and gushing apexes all ...

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Nate Wooley Sextet: (Sit In) The Throne of Friendship

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Since arriving in New York City in 2001, Nate Wooley has established himself as one of the most inventive trumpet players of his generation. In addition to the admiration of his peers, including fellow trumpeters like Taylor Ho Bynum, Peter Evans and Kirk Knuffke, Wooley has earned the respect of esteemed scene veterans, such as Dave Douglas, who said “Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole."Wooley's unorthodox virtuosity incorporates a wide variety of extended techniques that exponentially expand the expressive range of his horn. From breathy ...

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Nate Wooley Sextet: (Sit In) The Throne Of Friendship

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Like today's NFL quarterbacks, trumpeters are required to be multidimensional. Modern players (in football) are required to pass, run, block and call audibles. Likewise, the jazz horn player can't just take a high glissando solo, bow, and collect a paycheck; he/she has to be able to shift between the jazz tradition, improvisation, classical music and outside free, all while carrying a suitcase packed with extended techniques.The new breed of trumpeters that boast all of these qualities includes Peter Evans, Axel Dörner, Cuong Vu, Franz Hautzinger ... and Nate Wooley.Wooley's sextet recording (Sit In) The Throne Of ...

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Paul Lytton & Nate Wooley + Ikue Mori & Ken Vandermark: The Nows

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Ultra-progressive jazz and avant-garde expressionism are trumpeter Nate Wooley's toy stores, so to speak. He's well-established in the modern era's radical music scene and teams here with venerable Euro-jazz percussionist Paul Lytton, equating to a vivid snapshot of the duo's 2011 US tour. Brilliant minds think alike, and the proof resides in the multifarious modes of delivery conjured up by these artists. It's not only about stirring improvisational encounters, because the musicians also sculpture a seemingly endless array of sounds, employing multiphonics and tonal diversions amid moments of anguish, jocularity, and brazen exchanges. Culled from the duo's performance ...

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Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley / Ikue Mori / Ken Vandermark: The Nows

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Consider the great duos of the cinema, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson and so on-what each successful duo has in common, is a chemistry, an attraction or spark between them. Such is the case with the musical duo of percussionist Paul Lytton and trumpeter Nate Wooley.What each of those film stars also has, is individual talent capable of starring in a lead role sans partner. Likewise, Lytton and Wooley (his junior by some 27 years) are masters of their own instruments. Lytton was a force behind the ...

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Nate Wooley / Christian Weber / Paul Lytton: Six Feet Under

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Having established a template with their eponymous 2007 Broken Research debut and Creak Above 33, (psi, 2010), avant trumpeter Nate Wooley and English drummer Paul Lytton have been looking to stretch the confines of their duo with the addition of impromptu guests. Accomplices on their 2008 American tour included guitarist Fred Frith, pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Torsten Müller, and electronics from Pete Swanson from Yellow Swans. For Six Feet Under, the duo enlists the assistance of Swiss bassist Christian Weber, in a move which affirms its restless quest for different timbres.While the usual litany of extended techniques is ...

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Nate Wooley Quintet: (Put Your) Hands Together

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(Put Your) Hands Together's cover art features a photo of trumpeter Nate Wooley putting his hands together, perhaps as a token of appreciation for his quintet's exemplary performance. Praise is in order because of the program's captivating synchronicity, artfully scaling between structure and improvisation to complement an abundance of polytonal facets. With penetrating compositions and thoughtful improvisational metrics, Wooley's bronze-toned lines and prophetic choruses loom as a commanding force. “Ethyl" features an idiomatic tenor that differs from several other pieces on the album. Commencing with vibraphonist Matt Moran and bass clarinetist Josh Sinton's throbbing ostinato, sparkling contrasts set ...

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Nate Wooley / Paul Lytton: Creak above 33

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Just how much improvisation is possible by manipulating consoles and electronic buzz is evident in the ingenious experimentation of Nate Wooley and Paul Lytton on Creek above 33. Of course, there is also that small aspect of performance on trumpet and percussion, by Wooley and Lytton respectively, that almost goes unnoticed. It is so spare, and emerges in such brilliant flashes of light, that the music has a blinding effect on the ear as though it were a question of optics and not the auditory. Both Wooley and Lytton are masterful instrumentalists, and know exactly their place in history, and ...

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Nate Wooley

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Nate Wooley Trumpet/Amplifier Smeraldina-Rima 2010 Nate Wooley & Paul Lytton Creak above 33 psi 2010

Nate Wooley somehow maintains a relatively low profile among younger trumpeters, a group traditionally given an excess of attention, but it may just be that he's hard to pin down. His quality as a free improviser exploring extended techniques comes brilliantly to the fore on these releases. Trumpet/Amplifier is a solo LP produced ...

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Transit: Quadrologues & Nate Wooley: The Seven Storey Mountain

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Transit Quadrologues Clean Feed 2009 Nate Wooley The Seven Storey Mountain Important Records 2009 The work of trumpeter Nate Wooley falls into a number of camps: free improvisation, experimental noise or restructuralist post-bop. It would be easy to lump him in with a young trumpeters/ extended techniques setting but Wooley is decidedly an individual. And while brass players tend to elicit an expected bravura, Wooley is very much at home in collective exploratory endeavors ...

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Nate Wooley: Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing and Crackleknob

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Two recent discs featuring trumpeter-composer Nate Wooley explore improvisational language through non-traditional approaches, both collective and solo. Some of that expansion includes electronics and electro-acoustic blur, such as on Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing (joining Wooley with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and bassist Jason Roebke). Unisons and parallels also factor in both of these drummerless trios, as do elements of contemporary “noise" music and effortless swing. Sans electro-acoustic extension, Crackleknob focuses more on extended phrases and fractured interplay. It's the result of four years of collaboration between Wooley, bassist Reuben Radding and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Nate Wooley/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Jason ...



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