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Hubbard, Nathan / Compositions 1998-2005
Album:Compositions 1998-2005 Collection:Jazz
Artist:Hubbard, Nathan Added:08/2006
Label:Circumvention Music 

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Add Date:2006-10-15 Pull Date:2006-12-17 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:17 Dec3 Dec12 Nov5 Nov29 Oct22 Oct
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 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 18, 2016:Music Casserole
Discrepancy In Flow 2
4.Dec 15, 2006:Memory Select - guest Amy X. Neuburg
Painting On Glass [excerpt]
2.Aug 20, 2008:Eran Mukamel (classic classical)
Departing Landscapes
5.Dec 01, 2006:Memory Select: Greenlief/Leandre/Nicols
Discrepancy In Flow 2
3.Sep 19, 2007:Day of Difficulty
Song Cycle 1
6.Nov 10, 2006:Memory Select
Structure 2

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-10-13 
Arguably modern classical, although most pieces have that improv-jazzy sound. This is a variety of Hubbard compositions for different settings and groups of instruments. A mix of free-jazz creations; electronics and sound experiments (think Manhattan Research Inc.); and sampled speech. Lots of homages to different composers (Cage, Feldman, etc.) FCC clean.

Hubbard's "Skeleton Key Orchestra" is a less serious, more raucous turn featuring lots of group improvs in a large band -- big fun. To hear a more directly jazzy side of Hubbard, check out the band Cosmologic. (Both in our library.)

DISK ONE
1- Fast tumbling solo piano madness
2- Collage of voices, electronics, and odd music. Appropriately Cage-ian.
3- Floaty chamber feel, mid/fast
4- Jazzy: Mid/fast clarinet and vibes, then a slow swirling phase
5- Electronic tones and sound effects; think Manhattan Research Inc. Periods of noise and quiet interspersed.
6- ROVA-like sax trio: Clean unison lines and squirrely group soloing
7- Jazzy sax, a friendly first half. Then crazier sounds over an electronics blender. Calm finish.
8- Slow, serious horns

DISK TWO
1- Long landscape-like chords, ominous. Ends with soft horns.
2- Trio of saxes. Dissonant long tones, into squirrely interaction. Last few minutes get quiet.
3- Vocal sounds, often goofy/funny. Like performance art. Solo female vocalist, later with vibraphone/piano.
4- Quiet percussion clanging. Mostly pensive.
5- Gorgeous, slow, lush intro with piano; then percussion and vibes. (First 6.5 minutes are a good excerpt.) Then, some group work before a serious piano-led segment.
..... (-16:30) starts an short free-jazzy passage that leads into ceremonial percussion.
..... Last 10 minutes: Formal horns, samples of crowd sounds, electronics. Gets reasonably messy.
6- Slow, soft piece for piano and orchestra.

Track Listing
1.Structure 1 8.Shards Of Memory
2.Discrepancy In Flow 2 9.Departing Landscapes
3.Departing Landscapes 10.Spectrum/Zeitgeist 2
4.In The Year Of The Lion 11.Song Cycle 1
5.Structure 2 12.Resonance
6.A Secret No One Knows 1 13.Painting On Glass
7.For Dph 14.Sundials 2