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Gratkowski/Brown/Winant / Wake
Album:Wake Collection:Jazz
Artist:Gratkowski/Brown/Winant Added:08/2009
Label:Red Toucan 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-08-23 Pull Date:2009-10-25 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:18 Oct11 Oct4 Oct27 Sep13 Sep6 Sep
Airplays:211112

 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 20, 2015:Music Casserole
Ambitus
4.Oct 10, 2009:Music Casserole
Scrabble
2.Oct 14, 2009:public noize racket
Slide
5.Sep 29, 2009:Memory Select [new Tuesday time!]
Parallax
3.Oct 13, 2009:Memory Select, guest Aram Shelton
Ambitus
6.Sep 22, 2009:Jena & Gomorrah
Parallax

Album Review
Wedge
Reviewed 2009-08-13 
Abstract improvised music from piano, percussion, and clarinet, plus some electronic manipulations of the sound. Lots of tunable timpani -- the bass drum where you can bend the sound after hitting it.

Instrumental, FCC clean.

Frank Gratkowski -- sax/clarinet
Chris Brown -- piano, electronics
William Winant -- percussion, including that cool tunable timpani

1- A busy and upbeat, playful clatter. Second half quiet. Some high points:
-21:00 ... nice segment with sublime piano, slappy metal percussion, and a high screech from clarinet. Then, tough-handed piano and vibraphone.
-16:40 ... coolly chattering percussion/electronics sounds
Midpoint ... very quiet. Still.
-8:30 ... quiet segment opens into soft piano, metallic electronics flying by
-4:40 ... Picks up volume and speed, into a loud timpani segment

2- Slow, an introspective crawl. Cool tuned-timpani bouncing sounds. Gets busier after -6:00, a tangle of sound like modern classical music. Last 3 minutes are quieter but fast, with liquidy insect-buzzing electronics.

3- Quite abstract and otherworldly. Buzzing and flapping sounds, especially from saxophone, and made even more abstract by the electronics playbacks. Really cool, but don't expect "jazz."

4- Serious tones. Blares like foghorns, which continue under hyper, nervous piano. Second half is more playful, with quizzical sax and melodic piano. High-toned frenzy near the end.

5- Sparse little sounds. After -9:30, it quickly gets loud and even explosive, with tense piano and scraping sax. After about -3:30, it simmers back down for a quiet ending, tranquil with a touch of menace.

Track Listing
1.Slide 3.Scrabble
2.Ambitus 4.Parallax
 5.Archipelago