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Ancón

Artist: Edward Ricart

Date of Release: 21/01/2012

Catalogue no: SLAMCD 529

Label: SLAM

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A excellent debut from a colossal quartet! - Bruce Lee Gallanter,

Edward Ricart Quartet
Herb Robertson - Trumpet, Little Instruments; Jason Ajemian – Bass: Andrew Barker – Drums; Edward Ricart – Guitar.

The eight freely improvised pieces on this record demonstrate a dynamic group with a powerful, confident sound. The fiery free onslaught of tracks like 'Dermatoglyphics' and 'Eurypterids,' the sparse, AACM-influenced textures of 'Truth.' and the deep shifting-yet-unshakeable pulse of 'Wake Up' or 'Celestial Mechanics' could easily be mistaken for composition- but this group's in/out approach to free improv makes for a very rewarding listen. Ancon stands as a fine first offering from a hard-working young guitarist, and is not to be missed.
Ricart presently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he has been focusing on a new music trio called Hyrrokkin, while remaining an active collaborator of free music pioneers, as a member of the William Hooker Trio, Jason Ajemian's Trash Island, and many more. An active supporter of the creative music underground, his weekly series of experimental music concerts has featured Han Bennink, Elliott Sharp, Paal Nilssen-Love, Rodrigo Amado, Frode Gjerstad, Andrea Parkins, Aram Shelton, Eugene Chadbourne, Uri Caine, Sabir Mateen, and many more
A seasoned traveller, during 2011 he toured North America with Matta Gawa in the Spring and Hyrrokkin in the fall, played a weekly residency at Rodan in Chicago with members of Tortoise during the month of April, and toured with the William Hooker Trio in the Winter.

 

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26/03/2012 Alberto Bazzurro

Ancón è la cittadina panamense in cui Edward Ricart è nato nel 1984. Dopo aver studiato a Praga con Tony Ackerman, nel 2006 il chitarrista si è quindi trasferito negli Stati Uniti (attualmente vive nell'Ohio), collaborando fra gli altri con i vari Marshall Allen, Marty Ehrlich, Ralph Alessi, Khan Jamal, Peter Brötzmann, Dominic Duval, ecc.

In questa che ci risulta essere la sua opera prima, Ricart dirige un quartetto di tutto rispetto in cui spicca la tromba di Herb Robertson, il quale gioca un ruolo decisivo soprattutto nella prima parte del lavoro, la più vivace, imprevedibile (e convincente), laddove i brani conclusivi tendono a farsi più esangui, atmosferici, quasi minimali, qua e là anche un tantino evanescenti.
Benché in copertina si dichiari la natura totalmente improvvisata della musica, l'iniziale, ampio "Celestial Mechanics," fra le vette del disco, possiede il rigore e la consequenzialità di un brano composto (in effetti l'esatto termine usato è "composizioni spontanee"), in possesso di una corporeità che si fa quasi visceralità nel successivo, altrettanto riuscito, "Eurypterids," oltre tutto in crescendo di tensione. Decisamente più astratto ma comunque nervoso, il più breve (ed elettronico) "Truth" precede il quasi rumoristico "Abilene," svolto nel segno di chitarra e batteria. Parte invece perentorio (con qualcosa che ricorda Tim Berne, di cui del resto Robertson è sodale storico) "Dermatoglyphics," con molta carne al fuoco e quartetto al completo.
Dopo un nuovo episodio piuttosto tirato, come accennato la temperatura va un po' scemando, e così pure la centralità della tromba. È il trio con la chitarra in pole position a dettare le successive circonvoluzioni, benché, dopo l'etereo "The Sun's In Your Face," un sicuro corpo animi l'incipit del conclusivo "Wake Up," che tende però poi a stirarsi, con accenti quasi allucinati, ipnotici, fino al silenzio totale che prelude, dopo ampia pausa, a una rapida nona traccia fantasma (non indicata in copertina) dalle tinte quasi livide, fino all'ingresso saettante della tromba, che disegna una fulminea chiusura in solitudine. Lavoro senz'altro degno di nota.
Alberto Bazzurro http://italia.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=7636

TRANSLATION:
Ancon is the Panamanian town where Edward Ricart was born in 1984. After studying in Prague with Tony Ackerman, in 2006 the guitarist was then moved to the U.S. (currently living in Ohio), working among others with various Marshall Allen, Marty Ehrlich, Ralph Alessi, Jamal Khan, Peter Brötzmann, Dominic Duval, etc..
In this there appears to be his first work, Ricart directs a quartet of all respect on which stands the trumpet of Herb Robertson, who plays a decisive role in the first part of the work, the most lively, unpredictable (and convincing), where the songs tend to be more conclusive bloodless, atmospheric, almost minimalist, here and there a little faint.
Although the cover is fully state the nature of improvised music, the initial, large "Celestial Mechanics," between the peaks of the disc, has the rigor and consistency of a piece composed (in fact the correct term is "spontaneous compositions "), in possession of a corporeality that is almost visceral in the next, equally successful," Eurypterids, "above all on a high voltage. Decidedly more abstract but still nervous, the shortest (and electronic) "Truth" precedes the most noisy "Abilene," in the sign of guitar and drums. Part rather peremptory (with something reminiscent of Tim Berne, of which Robertson is the rest of the town close friend) "Dermatoglyphics," with many irons in the fire and the full quartet.
After a new episode rather than pulled, as mentioned, the temperature goes a bit 'waning, and so is the centrality of the trumpet. It is the trio with a guitar in pole position to dictate the subsequent convolutions, though, after the ethereal "The Sun's In Your Face," a safe body minds the opening words of the concluding "Wake Up," but then that tends to stretch, with accents almost hallucinatory, hypnotic, which is a prelude to total silence, after lengthy pause, fast ghost ninth track (not shown on the cover) by almost livid colors, darting up to the entrance of the trumpet, which draws a swift end in solitude . Jobs certainly worthy of note.

 

01/02/2012 Vittorio Lo Conte

Di recente George Haslam ha prodotto per la sua Slam Productions
musicisti inglesi ed italiani. Fa le sue ultime produzioni arriva ora un
agguerrito quartetto americano guidato dal chitarrista
Edward Ricart
insieme a Jason Ajemian al basso e Andrew Barker alla
batteria. Alla tromba c´è il grande Herb
Robertson, che molti ricorderanno per le sue collaborazioni
in Italia con il batterista Tiziano Tononi.
La musica del quartetto è ricca di umori e passioni, fra l´acustico
delle tromba, dal suono molto vocale, e le elettroniche che a tatti
scaturiscono dalla ritmica, o la chitarra straziata del leader che
aggiunge effetti di psichedelicità spaziale qua e là, mentre altrove
riscopre l´anima più hendrixiana, come nei primi due brani dell´album.
Il tutto è improvvisato all´istante, senza scrittura, senza elaborazione
di grafici e o di idee a priori. In studio al Seizures
Palace si è andati alla ricerca di qualcosa, realizzatasi
in una onda di natura elettrica, l´incontro virtuale tra uno che dalla
chitarra tira fuori spesso l´anima aggressiva ed una tromba che svetta
fra acuti e note dall´aspetto rauco, stanco, in un approccio fisico e
corporale alla musica. Non mancano le note più tranquille: un The
Sun’s In Your Face che sembra uno stordimento sotto il sole cocente.
Li si apprezza per questa sincerità, per la realtà vissuta che sono in
grado di trasmettere. Niente di edulcorato o di farraginoso. Li si
apprezza o li si odia. Di sicuro non si resta indifferenti.
Vittorio La Conte http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=4927

TRANSLATION
Recently, George Haslam has produced for his SLAM Productions Italian and English musicians. It's his latest production now comes a
fierce American quartet led by guitarist Edward Ricart with Jason Ajemian on bass and Andrew Barker on drums. The trumpet is the great Herb Robertson , whom many remember for his collaborations in Italy with drummer Tiziano Tononi. The music of the quartet is full of moods and passions, including the sound of the trumpet, sounding very vocal, and electronic contacts that arise from the rhythm guitar or torn the leader who adds psichedelicità effects of space here and there, elsewhere rediscovering the soul more Hendrix, as in the first two tracks on the album. Everything is improvised instantly no writing, no processing of graphics and or ideas in advance. In the study of seizures Palace has gone in search of something, which occurred in a wave of electrical nature, the virtual meeting between someone from the guitar brings out the soul is often aggressive and a horn that stands between acute and harsh-looking notes , tired, in a physical approach and body to music. Do not miss the quieter notes: a The Sun's In Your Face that looks stunning in the hot sun. We appreciate you sincerely for this, for the lived reality that are able to transmit. Nothing could be toned down or cumbersome. They will appreciate them or you hate it. Certainly no one is indifferent.

 

26/01/2012 Bruce Lee Gallanter

EDWARD RICART QUARTET With HERB ROBERTSON/JASON AJEMIAN/ANDREW BARKER
- Ancon (Slam 529; UK) The ER Quartet feature Ed Ricart on guitar, Herb Robertson on trumpets, Jason Ajemian on bass and Andrew Barker on drums. Ed Ricart is a Philly-based guitarist who has worked with Marshall Allen, William Hooker and Tatsuya Nakatani. I believe that this is Ed's debut disc as a leader and he has put together a strong Downtown all-stars quartet. Although this disc is a fully improvised
date, the playing is completely focused and consistently inspired.
Mr. Ricart and Mr. Robertson well worth together, playing off of one another, exchanging licks and lines. For "Eurypterids" the quartet launch off the freer regions of outer space with some wailing lines of guitar and crazed trumpet and/or toys with bits of vocalized
weirdness adding some seasoning from time to time. It sounds as if most of these pieces were edited down or selected from longer jams thus presenting some more focused and successful sections before things go in for too long in one direction. When I concentrate on the entire quartet, I hear a great deal of inventive playing by all four members and interplay between everyone involved. We haven't heard
from Gold Sparkle Band's ace drummer Andrew Barker recently so it is great to hear him pushing the intensity up a few notches throughout.
Herb Robertson is senior member of the Downtown community and remains an unstoppable force, digging into his large bag of tricks & sounds, soloing like demon unleashed or just adding those unexpected odd nuggets to the brew. I've been noticing up & coming guitarist Ed Ricart's name and playing more & moreover the past few years and I glad to hear him as a strong new voice on the guitar. A excellent debut from a colossal quartet! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music
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26/01/2012 Bruce Lee Gallanter

EDWARD RICART QUARTET With HERB ROBERTSON/JASON AJEMIAN/ANDREW BARKER
- Ancon (Slam 529; UK) The ER Quartet feature Ed Ricart on guitar, Herb Robertson on trumpets, Jason Ajemian on bass and Andrew Barker on drums. Ed Ricart is a Philly-based guitarist who has worked with Marshall Allen, William Hooker and Tatsuya Nakatani. I believe that this is Ed's debut disc as a leader and he has put together a strong Downtown all-stars quartet. Although this disc is a fully improvised
date, the playing is completely focused and consistently inspired.
Mr. Ricart and Mr. Robertson well worth together, playing off of one another, exchanging licks and lines. For "Eurypterids" the quartet launch off the freer regions of outer space with some wailing lines of guitar and crazed trumpet and/or toys with bits of vocalized
weirdness adding some seasoning from time to time. It sounds as if most of these pieces were edited down or selected from longer jams thus presenting some more focused and successful sections before things go in for too long in one direction. When I concentrate on the entire quartet, I hear a great deal of inventive playing by all four members and interplay between everyone involved. We haven't heard
from Gold Sparkle Band's ace drummer Andrew Barker recently so it is great to hear him pushing the intensity up a few notches throughout.
Herb Robertson is senior member of the Downtown community and remains an unstoppable force, digging into his large bag of tricks & sounds, soloing like demon unleashed or just adding those unexpected odd nuggets to the brew. I've been noticing up & coming guitarist Ed Ricart's name and playing more & moreover the past few years and I glad to hear him as a strong new voice on the guitar. A excellent debut from a colossal quartet! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music
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