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Partita

Artist: Julian Arguelles

Date of Release: 02/10/2006

Catalogue no: SRCD17-2

Label: Basho

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Evan's Freedom Pass

4.44

2

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Warm Winter Coat of Spruce

3.32

3

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Peace for D

7.44

4

 

Lesters

5.43

5

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Arco Iris

4.50

6

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Tide

3.22

7

 

Which Way Out

6.08

8

 

Sub Rosa

1.21

9

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Bottom drawer pages

1.59

10

 

Stranglet

1.24

11

 

Again Again

1.06

12

 

Triagonal

1.28

13

 

Speak up

1.58

14

 

Leash

1.14

15

 

Tempus

1.04

 

 

 

 

Julian Arguelles saxes, Michael Formanek bass, Tom Rainey drums.

The Julian Arguelles trio formed in June 2004, and has toured in the UK and the USA. Featuring Julian’s original compositions, this new Cd Partita was recorded in June 2005 in New York City, and will be released in October on Basho Records. To promote the album there will be 10 date UK tour in October which will be a double bill with Basho artist Liam Noble whose Romance Among the Fishes CD also features Tom Rainey. The tour will be supported with a full PR and marketing campaign by Basho Records. Both albums were recorded in New York and continue a constant theme at Basho of collaborations between British and North American players. Julian is highly regarded as a composer as well as an improviser and this trio will again try to develop the relationship between the two. The music is loosely inspired by the many nonchord saxophone trios to have emerged in the history of jazz especially the Sonny Rollins’ trio, Ornette Coleman Trio and an early Jan Garbarek trio. The music spans the possibilities of improvisation/composition by using the many influences of Julian's compositions and these three improvisers.

 

Reviews

 

29/12/2006 Alan Brownlee, Metro

Jazz Album of the Year

A COMPELLING encounter between Brit saxophonist Arguelles and the US rhythm team of Michael Formanek and Tom Rainey. Compression rather than expansion is the thing, and, in its variety of pace, concentration of focus and attention to detail, Partita sounds like the work of an orchestra rather than a trio.

 

23/10/2006 Peter Bacon, Birmingham Post

JAZZ CD OF THE WEEK

The last Arguelles album featured a large group plus string orchestra; now he places himself in the most exposing of settings, with New Yorkers Michael Formanek on bass and Tom Rainey on drums his only company.

The opener, Evan’s Freedom Pass (a reference to Evan Parker?) introduces us to a new and forceful Arguelles, whipping up a storm with a short, repeating riff.

Even at this speed – and Rainey and Formanek certainly keep him flying – the characteristic Arguelles improvisational phrases emerge, and he still manages to attend to his tone.

Track two and we are back on more familiar territory – the saxophonist builds a woodwind section in the studio and the melody has an aching and very English grace to it.

Rainey’s cymbal work is a thing of beauty too, while Arguelles moves seamlessly from written tune to improvisation on flutey soprano.

Which Way Out is an old Arguelles tune given some exciting new twists – thrill to Rainey’s intro.

Formanek does some great counter melody work behind an exceptionally fleet-footed tenor solo.

At this point the album takes an odd turn, becoming a series of miniatures, half of them credited to all three players as group improvisations.

Sub Rosa fits a lot into its one minute 22 seconds – a jewelled pendant in sound – while Bottom Drawer Pages again has the leader building textures from flutes and bass clarinet as well as saxophones.

I’m still finding out how to listen to the final eight short tracks – separately or as a whole – but it’s proving a very rewarding exercise.

 

06/10/2006 John Fordham, The Guardian 4 stars ****

The evolution of the saxophonist and composer Julian Arguelles into the British Joe Lovano (with plenty of Celtic and European free-improv variations of his own) has been an absorbing process to witness. Arguelles begins a British tour in mid-October with this cutting-edge trio - featuring Americans Michael Formanek and Tom Rainey, usually associates of Tim Berne, on bass and drums. Arguelles' speed of thought, unpredictability, resourcefulness and tonal command with several reed instruments links him to the musics of Ornette Coleman, Steve Lacy and Evan Parker, and his partners are on his case at every twist and turn.
Some pieces fizz, wriggle and stop dead like fast Ornette tunes; some are gently folksy; some feature overdubbed horns, alongside Formanek's rumbling basslines and Rainey's fierce polyrhythms. Eight short pieces (less than two minutes each) complete the set, moving from slow soprano swirls to ambient hums, blurted free-jazz tenor sax, and dreamily whistling flute ensembles. This is very sophisticated contemporary jazz.

 

25/09/2006 Martin Longley, BBC website

Leaving London for a cottage in the Scottish countryside might make many musicians calm down, but Julian Argüelles is becoming harder instead.

His wiry, serpentine sense of composition often sounds like it's flecked by wild chance occurrences. Could this fierce character be a reaction against Highland tranquility, or perhaps the influence of his US cohorts, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tom Rainey? Both of these players are normally found within an extreme setting, concerned with the outer limits of tune-rooted jazz.

In 2004, this trio toured on both sides of the Atlantic, recording in NYC a year later. Oddly, the pieces become shorter and shorter as this disc progresses. The first seven tracks average out at around five
minutes, all penned by Argüelles, then the remaining eight are not much longer than a minute apiece, and invariably improvised. This has a very distinct effect on the pacing, framing the later pieces as miniatures, and imparting a sense of importance to their fleeting events.

Even the longer works have no loose moments, their themes driven fast, their solos pointed and punchy. The trio is governed by an extreme sense of purpose, but there are also a few instances of suspended reflection, as Julian overdubs his own creamy horn section. Otherwise,
he's a bullish tenorman, attaining repeatedly high levels of expression, as Rainey finds new places to fit his light-wristed fills, whilst Formanek acts as a deeply resonant fulcrum.

 

09/09/2006 Phil Johnson, Independent

As if to exorcise the tasteful demons of his superb last album - an orchestral suite with English church-pastoral references - saxophonist Arguelles has gone to New York to record with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tom Rainey. This very varied set of 15 shortish pieces includes some amazingly beautiful and pliant stuff, especially in the almost neo-classical style Arguelles has excelled at before (heard here in the glorious 'Winter Coat of Spruce', and other tunes where sax, clarinet and flute are multi-tracked.

 

01/09/2006 Chris Parker, Vortex Web site

Julian Argüelles has a rich, almost fruity, warbling tenor tone and one of the purest soprano sounds (at times reminiscent of the sweet stridency of the oboe) in the music; on this album, recorded in New York in 2005, he utilises both skills to maximum effect.

Unlike much of his previous work (notably his sonorously beautiful with-strings Provocateur album As Above So Below), Partita focuses on the freer side of Argüelles's art, taking its cue from the non-chords-based trio music of Ornette Coleman or Sonny Rollins.

Joined by something of a dream team, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tom Rainey, Argüelles first explores the hinterland between freedom and structure in seven originals ranging from scrabbling tenor-led trio workouts, through more tender-sounding soprano skirls to terse, fiercely interactive pieces triggered by simple but memorable phrases.

Continuing the programme with seven short (nothing over two minutes) freer pieces that run the textural gamut from harsh screams, to flurries and howls, all interwoven with superbly responsive, crisply assertive rhythm-section work, Argüelles then concludes the album with a sweetly harmonised overdubbed horn chorale, 'Tempus'.

The trio (with John Hebert replacing Formanek) will be touring the UK in October 2006 with the Liam Noble Quartet (featuring Phil Robson, with the same rhythm section); on this showing, this should provide a series of memorable concerts.

 

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