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Ligne Claire" style of drawing. Pioneered by French author and illustrator Hergé (1907-1983, the creator of "Tintin"), the drawings combine cartoon characters with "natural" backgrounds. Garchik, who does not play on the album but who is the conductor, has also developed an interest in architecture, not surprising as an arranger, among other things, needs to understand the framework of the music and what each composition will support.
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|Photo montage: Jacob Garchik|
"Clear Line" is such an enjoyable journey. The project should open your mind to the creative genius of Hergé and Paul Rudolph plus gives another glimpse into the creative world of Jacob Garchik. Take your time with this music as it's well worth the adventure.
For more information, go to jacobgarchik.com. To purchase the album, go to https://jacobgarchik.bandcamp.com.
Here's the opening track:
Jacob Garchik: composer, conductor
Nathan Eklund, Jonathan Finlayson, Adam O’Farrill, Davy Lazar: trumpets
Natalie Cressman, Kalia Vandever, Kalun Leung: trombones
Jennifer Wharton: bass trombone
Roman Filiu, Charlotte Greve: alto saxophones
Anna Webber, Kevin Sun: tenor saxophones
Carl Maraghi: baritone saxophone
Alto saxophonist/ bass clarinetist Andrew D'Angelo is a musician who can light up a room with his incendiary musicianship, His solos can rise from a whisper to a shriek, raining down phrases, riffs, wails, on the listener. His fiery approach to creative music has been evident since emerging on the scene in the late 1980s and early 90s. With fellow saxophonist Chris Speed, drummer Jim Black, and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, he toured clubs and concert halls as Human Feel. They recorded three albums in the 90s before going their own ways, regrouping to record in 2007 and, again to tour Europe in 2017 resulting in the album "Gold", released on Intakt Records in 2019. D'Angelo has also worked and recorded with Jamie Saft, Cuong Vu, Erik Friedlander, and was a long-time member of the Matt Wilson Quartet.
In 2008, D'Angelo suffered a seizure and collapsed, was rushed to the hospital where it was discovered he had a brain tumor. That resulted in two surgeries and removal of his right temporal lobe. The saxophonist went the route of alternative healing. He returned to music as soon as possible, began writing pieces for a large ensemble, and the results can be heard on "DNA Orchestra" (Human Use Records). The 12-member ensemble (plus two guests) features the cream of the crop of fiery younger players, many based in New York City, all of whom are either leaders or co-leaders. The nine tracks are all D'Angelo compositions, filled with emotional passages, powerful solos, the occasional loud noises and screeching as well as poignant vocals, and a deep desire to communicate.
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"DNA Orchestra" is quite an experience. Andrew D'Angelo, along with his very talented friends, create music that is joyous, noisy, exciting, filled with delicious section arrangements, all underpinned by Dan Weiss's drums and Trevor Dunn's great electric bass playing. Not for the faint of heart but definitely for the adventurous listener––play it loud!!
For more information, go to www.andrewdangelo.com. To purchase the album (and other D'Angelo recordings), go to https://andrew-dangelo.bandcamp.com/album/dna-orchestra.
Here's the opening track, dedicated to drummer Matt Wilson:
Andrew D’Angelo – Compositions, Arrangements, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Voice, Director
Bill McHenry – Tenor Saxophone
Jeremy Udden – Alto Saxophone
Joshua Sinton – Baritone Saxophone
Ryan Snow – Trombone
Bryan Drye – Trombone
Josh Roseman – Trombone
John Carlson – Trumpet
Jacob Wick – Trumpet
Kirk Knuffke – Cornet
Nicole Federici – Viola
Trevor Dunn – Bass
Dan Weiss – Drums
Sasha Brown – Guitar
Eric Biondo – Beat Box