Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places for Richard Hugo) Wayne Horvitz

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Label: Songlines

Genre: Jazz


Artist: Wayne Horvitz

Composer: Wayne Horvitz

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • 1Money or a story03:40
  • 2Those who remain are the worst04:27
  • 3You drink until you are mayor04:48
  • 4Nothing dies as slowly as a scene03:36
  • 5All weather is yours no matter how vulgar?05:10
  • 6The beautiful wives05:59
  • 7For Jim and Lois Welch02:24
  • 8In some other home05:23
  • 9The car that brought you here still runs10:32
  • 10Last place there03:32
  • 11You must have stayed hours04:20
  • 12Some places are forever afternoon04:14
  • Total Runtime58:05

Info for Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places for Richard Hugo)

Composer, keyboardist, producer Wayne Horvitz’s new project celebrates American poet Richard Hugo (1923-1982), and is performed by a hugely talented septet combining his working ensembles Sweeter Than the Day and Gravitas Quartet. Hugo, a Seattle native, spent years rambling throughout the Northwest; that and his love of music (jazz in particular) inspired Horvitz’s interpretations of 11 Hugo poems, which are included in the booklet along with beautiful photos of places Hugo wrote about. Horvitz’s instrumental songs, which reflect Hugo’s love of nature as well as his frequent bouts of depression and loneliness, combine elements of the blues, jazz, folk and contemporary classical and feature deeply felt improvisations by the whole band. Audiophile production enhances the impact.

'Horvitz's music remains multifaceted and transportable, from the hinterlands of avant classical to down-home folksy charm, from small group getups to large-ensemble blowouts...there's nobody else out there I hear even attempting to cover some kind of similar range, and do it so convincingly.' (John Ephland, AllAboutJazz)

'Horvitz already has lovely...the ability to distill music, be it classical, jazz, film, or free, down to the essence of melody and harmony.' (Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz)

Wayne Horvitz, piano, Hammond B-3, electronics
Ron Miles, cornet
Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
Peggy Lee, cello
Tim Young, guitar
Keith Lowe, bass
Eric Eagle, drums

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.

Booklet for Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places for Richard Hugo)

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