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Mark Feldman: Taking an Eclectic Path

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AAJ: And there's the one with the clarinet trio as well [Double Trio, Green Dolphy Suite (Enja, 1995)].

MF: Oh yeah, that's a really good record. That would be one I'd say I'm really proud of; called the Double Trio, on Enja. And we did a lot gigs, I mean a lot of gigs for a special project. We probably did about eight or nine gigs. We played the Moers Festival, it was fun, that was a long time ago, like '95, '94. Yeah, it's really like rolling down the hill now, picking up speed.

Those were all good, really good. If I had a list in front of me of all of them, I think I'd really be able to start to remember. I like the ones with Tim Berne, those were good; Formanek's, those were good. That one Formanek is called Extended Animation (Enja, 1992), that was a good record, with [guitarist] Wayne Krantz. And a lot of these records with Abercrombie too are great. I really like Open Land (ECM, 1999), I think it's one of my favorites, and this other one called The Third Quartet (ECM, 2007). And there's one called Class Trip (ECM, 2004) that I really like. Those are really nice records too.

AAJ: Do you find that you play differently in these situations?

MF: Yeah, I play differently on Abercrombie's record than I would on some of these other records. The material is so different: John Abercrombie writes such gorgeous songs. It's really a different material than the stuff I'm doing with Sylvie. I mean it should be different, so I do play differently, yes.

AAJ: Is there anything else you wanted to touch on or cover?

MF: I can't think of anything really, except, thank you for asking me to do this.


Selected Discography:

Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman, To Fly To Steal (Intakt, 2009)

John Abercrombie Quartet, Wait Till You See Her (ECM, 2009)

Bar Kokhba Sextet, Lucifer: The Book of Angels, Vol. 10 (Tzadik, 2007)

John Abercrombie Quartet, The Third Quartet (ECM, 2009)

Mark Feldman, What Exit (ECM, 2005)

Masada String Trio, John Zorn 50th Birthday Celebration, Vol. 1 (Tzadik, 2003)

Dave Douglas, Five (Soul Note, 1995)

Mark Feldman, Music for Violin Alone (Tzadik, 1994)

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Pages 1, 4: Courtesy of Mark Feldman

Page 2: Frank Rubolino

Page 3: John Kelman

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