The Royal Room Wayne Horvitz

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Label: Songlines

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Big Band

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  • 1A Walk in the Rain07:43
  • 2Forgiveness06:09
  • 3Daylight08:24
  • 4Trish04:45
  • 5Barber Shop03:58
  • 6Ironbound05:03
  • 7Redux 2 (Daylight)02:45
  • 8Prepaid Funeral09:21
  • 9First Light07:03
  • 10Sweeter Than The Day06:39
  • 11Disingenuous Firefight05:26
  • 12At the Reception05:31
  • 1313 Redux 4 (Sweeter Than the Day)01:20
  • 14After All These Years (Bonus Track)05:07
  • 15In the Lounge (Bonus Track)04:56
  • Total Runtime01:24:10

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Renowned pianist-composer Wayne Horvitz conducts his 14-piece Seattle ensemble in 11 of his classic jazz/Americana tunes, adapting Butch Morris’s conduction system to deconstruct/recompose them in performance. Horvitz uses numbers and hand signals to draw from the musicians, individually or in continually shifting small groups, a performance that reinvents and reinvigorates the music in endlessly surprising ways. The result is a set of dynamic large ensemble jazz compositions with a high degree of freedom at both microscopic and macroscopic levels; they are also a true pleasure to listen to. Produced by Horvitz in impeccable high-res sound. Ben Ratliff had this to say about the band's 2013 New York performances at The Stone:

“Horvitz…is using his own themes and pre-existing pieces, some riff-based and directly out of the jazz tradition, but blowing them apart, making them judder and flash and fold in on themselves…Horvitz kept his attention on the [excellent] band with microscopic focus, quick-cutting between contrasts, putting something free or rippling against a fixity.” – Ben Ratliff, New York Times

Al Keith, trumpet
Samantha Boshnack, trumpet
Steve O’Brien, trumpet
Naomi Siegel, trombone
Jacob Herring, trombone
Willem de Koch, trombone
Beth Fleenor, clarinet
Kate Olson, soprano saxophone
Ivan Arteaga, alto saxophone
Skerik, tenor saxophone
Greg Sinibaldi, baritone saxophone
Ryan Burns, piano
Geoff Harper, bass
Eric Eagle, drums
Wayne Horvitz, composer and conductor

Wayne Horvitz
took piano lessons briefly as a child. At 13, he received a few classical guitar lessons; he found the style unsuitable and quit. A year later, influenced by the records of blues pianist Otis Spann, he took up the piano again. From that point, he was largely self-taught. Horvitz made a name for himself in the '80s by playing with some of the leading lights on the downtown New York-based experimental/improv scene, including Bobby Previte, Butch Morris, Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp, and others. His most famous association was with saxophonist/composer John Zorn as a member of the latter's band, Naked City. Horvitz-led ensembles included the President, the Horvitz/Morris/Previte Trio, and Pigpen. By the mid-'90s, Horvitz had moved from New York to the Pacific Northwest; his primary band became the Seattle-based Zony Mash (Horvitz; Timothy Young, guitar; Keith Lowe, bass; Andy Roth, drums). Their organ-based, groove-oriented music incorporates some 'outside' elements, but largely avoids the avant-garde tendencies characteristic of Horvitz's New York work. Besides Zony Mash, Horvitz continues to perform in other contexts, leading the Four Plus One Ensemble (Horvitz; Eyvind Kang, violin; Julian Priester, trombone; Reggie Watts, keyboards; Tucker Martine, electronics and live processing) and Ponga (Horvitz; Bobby Previte, drums; Skerik, saxes; Dave Palmer, keyboards). Horvitz has also recorded for the Songlines, Knitting Factory, Elektra/Nonesuch, Sound Aspects, and Black Saint labels.

Guitarist Timothy Young has performed in Seattle rock bands The Scabs, Scallywags and Devilhead, and with Robin Holcomb, Eyvind Kang, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Julian Priester, Michael White, Sam Rivers, and the Young Composers Collective (renamed the Degenerate Art Ensemble), with whom he helped create a live score for Fritz Lang1s Metropolis (available on CD). He also spent five years touring with Cambodian master musician Dr. Sam Ang Sam performing traditional Pin Peat repertoire.

Bassist Keith Lowe's early background is in symphonic music; more recent interests include the blues (the Duffy Bishop Band, Rod Cook's Toast), Louisiana blues-rock (Guano Bueno), and jazz and funk (Crack Sabbath, with Skerik, Leif Totusek, Ron Weinstein, and Mike Stone). He tours with Fiona Apple and Bill Frisell's Willies.

Drummer Andy Roth plays jazz, rock, funk, reggae... He has performed and recorded with Robin Holcomb, Bill Frisell, Jay Clayton, Jim Knapp, and the New York Composers Orchestra (West), and is a member of Seattle world-beat band The Groove.

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