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Practicality 12:37
Circumstance 09:22
Substance 08:38
Cecil 01:53
Zest 10:50
Shadow 12:59
Courage 07:17


In The Realm Of features a peculiar, rarely documented, and intense subgenre of improvisation endemic to the San Francisco Bay area, that might best be described as a combination of Cecil Taylor’s cell strategies plus interaction strategies quite similar to those developed by John Stevens and the SME. Another unusual feature of this recording is the guitarist Henry Kaiser here plays very electric 6-string bass.
Drummer Spirit's long career as a percussionist spans from New York to Berkeley, working with with Julius Hemphill, Alan Shorter and the late bassist Jay Oliver in New York; and Butch and Wilbur Morris, Idris Ackamoor, Rasul Siddik, Prince Lasha and Oluyemi Thomas among many others in the Bay Area. Lately Spirit has been more shadow than presence, and we're happy to be able to shine the light on him in this rare recording.
Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser. His principal concerns are architectural innovation, narrativity, systematic improvisatory practice, and live digital media. He has studied under Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Butch Rovan, I.M. Harjito, and Steve Adams of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet.
Joshua Allen has created his own personal language on the tenor saxophone, with an emphasis on polytonal and asymmetrical phrasing, as well as extending the range and sonic ability of the instrument. He does this with constant emphasis and study of the overtone series, and the generation of multiphonics from the application of this process.


released August 3, 2018


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Henry Kaiser San Francisco, California

Henry Kaiser is an American guitarist and composer, known as an idiosyncratic soloist, a sideman, an ethnomusicologist, and a film score composer. Recording and performing prolifically in many styles of music, Kaiser is a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He is considered a member of the "second generation" of American free improvisers. ... more

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