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Damon Smith

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Double bass, Improviser. Born Damon Jesse Smith on oct. 17th, 1972 in Spokane, WA. Did "freestyle bmx" bicycle riding from age 13 to 23. Started music in 1991, under the influence of Mike Watt (fIREHOSE & the minutemen) on fender bass. Lead several punk/art rock combos until 1994. Upon receiving Peter Kowald's landmark lp "Duos;Europa," Damon sold the fender bass and concentrated solely on double bass and free music. Damon's music is rooted in the tradition of "free jazz", with most of his professional experience coming from work with the orchestras and small ensembles of alto saxophonist marco eneidi, however, he is very interested in all the manifestations of free improvised music (jazz rooted or not!) around the world

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Volumes & Surfaces

Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Heterodox Symmetry; The Deaf Voice Of The Light; Blue Isn't For Sitting; The Non Dimension Of The Present; Clearly, Blue Is For Sitting.

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Ghost Tantras

Label: Mother Brain Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ooogreeshk; Snahrr; Gritooorm; Whahh; Raooor; Aieooo; Hrahhhrr-Nohh; Yahoo.

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Article: Album Review

Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead: Volumes & Surfaces

Read "Volumes & Surfaces" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Damon Smith might be the hardest working man in show business. Free-jazz show business, that is. If there is a performance or recording somewhere in the States or Europe, there is a very good chance his double bass is in attendance. You name an improvising artist and he's recorded with them, from Roscoe Mitchell to Joe ...

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Article: Album Review

Seth Andrew Davis, Michael Eaton, Kyle Quass and Damon Smith: Ghost Tantras

Read "Ghost Tantras" reviewed by Troy Dostert


In 2020, saxophonist Michael Eaton and electronic improviser & guitarist Seth Andrew Davis together formed Mother Brain Records, designed to highlight some of the more experimental music coming out of the Midwest. The label has headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri but, if Ghost Tantras is any indication, we will not be hearing much that connects directly ...

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News: Recording

Willie Oteri And Dark Matter Horns Dig Into Their Archives For Upcoming Album 'Ghosts Of Texas Past'

Willie Oteri And Dark Matter Horns Dig Into Their Archives  For Upcoming Album 'Ghosts Of Texas Past'

Willie Oteri and Dark Matter Horns dig into their archives for upcoming album Ghosts of Texas Past. Available May 27, 2022 The new album features tracks taken from rehearsals recorded in 2018 in Austin Texas with Willie Oteri (tenor sax and flute), Dave Laczko (trumpet and effects) and Steve Mankenberg (drums) in a totally improvised environment, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Guitars A Plenty

Read "Guitars A Plenty" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show recent guitar focused album releases from Dave Stryker, Gastón de la Cruz, Greg Amirault, Ken Serio, Oli Astral, and Guillaume Vierset. There's also great improvisation from the band of Alvin Fielder, David Dove, Jason Jackson, and Damon Smith, plus, a track from the debut double album of solo piano from Nick Maclean.

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Article: Album Review

Danny Kamins: Disruptor

Read "Disruptor" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Does saxophonist Danny Kamins's solo recording Disruptor act as an introduction to the various ensembles of which he is a member? Or do those group recordings prepare us for this solo outing? Kamins, a Houston resident and director of the jazz program at Rice University can be heard in the improvising trios CARL and Etched In ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Duos, Part 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


After the initial shock of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown, artists did what artists do. Unable to tour, many musicians created solo projects. Musicians, like other sentient beings though, crave contact, so when some of the most severe restrictions lifted, duos were formed and production returned. These small positive steps (note: some were recorded before ...

Album

CliffPools

Label: Driff Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Weft; Blue Shadow; Plateau; Scale the Firmament; Cocoon; Undertow; Warp; Formed Shed; Catapult; Self-Headed.


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