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Sadness 05:59


Trio improvisations, plus tunes by Ornette Coleman & Duke Ellington (!)


released May 10, 1996

Simon Rose: soprano sax, alto sax
Simon H. Fell: double bass
Mark Sanders: drums

Bruce's Fingers BF 14
1995 (54 mins.) in jewel box
© Bruce's Fingers 1995

full track listing:
1. Sadness [05:59]
2. Hyena's Finger [06:07]
3. Subsong [05:37]
4. The Hatching Muscle [07:33]
5. Come Sunday [07:44]
6. Blue Tern [10:04]
7. Scuttle Dance [09:02]
8. Sadness [02:45]

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"Put this alongside the most important trios in the jazz and improvised saxophone tradition."
Francesco Martinelli IMPROJAZZ

"It is the sheer range of this album that marks it out, from full throttle blowing through quiet lyricism to abstract soundscapes."

"Messrs. Sanders, Fell and Rose comprise a free-improvising Jazz trio as forceful as anyone's liable to come across."
Chris Kelsey CADENCE

"The musicians take care to construct free improvisations that are multilayered and rich with nuance. Realised with a spiritual intensity that could liquefy steel, it destroys every one of commercial music's delusions."
Hannes Schweiger JAZZ LIVE

"Badland can engage in delicate spontaneous interplay or volcanic eruption, often both in the course of one short piece."
John Corbett DOWN BEAT

"Vivid free-bop from a highly accomplished trio who venture gamely out into new and lawless territory. It's a record that repays close and repeated attention; it brings new ideas and a freshness of diction to this challenging idiom."

"Saxophonist Simon Rose starts out sounding like the spitting image of Ornette on the latter's tune Sadness, but it's not long into the record that he begins to carve out his own niche. His tone never loses that Ornetteish moan, but his long, scarcely articulated lines mimic no one. His blues accent is slight, but his almost classical sense of dynamic and timbral contrast is most effective. He's a most committed and passionate soloist, besides. Sanders is a swift, empathic percussionist. Hard-driving and ever-cognizant of volume and texture, his contribution is profound. Fell is a marvelous bassist, capable of swinging at the fastest tempos, while maintaining a deep tone and clear articulation. As fast as he may go up and down the neck of his instrument (and he's got chops, believe it), he almost never plays an ambiguous note. The three gentleman obviously share a rapport. The music is good natured but intense, abstract yet invariably swinging. It covers all the bases, from caterwauling free improvs to pointillist takes on tradition. Rose, Fell, and Sanders tattoo their own mark on a tried and true format, and in the process reaffirm its vitality."


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Bruce's Fingers Saint Dizier Leyrenne, France

Bruce's Fingers is a record label founded in 1983 by bassist, composer & improviser Simon H. Fell.
The label's publications (which also include books and scores) are centred around free / contemporary jazz, improvised music & contemporary / experimental composition.
Initially focussed on Fell's own work, the BF project has since expanded to include many other things besides...
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