Fabric

Fabric

by Micro-East Collective
     
 
Fabric is the Micro-East Collective's third CD. During the year between the recording of its debut 062099 and the first sessions for this album, the collective underwent frequent mutations (a phenomenon inherent in the existence of an ensemble this big), but mostly has found a way to put on disc its very personal brand of composition-meets-free

Overview

Fabric is the Micro-East Collective's third CD. During the year between the recording of its debut 062099 and the first sessions for this album, the collective underwent frequent mutations (a phenomenon inherent in the existence of an ensemble this big), but mostly has found a way to put on disc its very personal brand of composition-meets-free improvisation music in glorious sound. In terms of stereo separation, mix, and depth, Fabric floats a few stories above recordings by comparable ensembles (including the band's own first two albums). Yet, the listener notices the sound quality only after a couple of spins; the music hits first. The Micro-East Collective has matured into one of the best improvisers' orchestras around. Fabric contains 15 pieces. Most have a score as their basis; a handful are completely improvised. There can be anywhere from three to 20 musicians playing on any track, and tracks can last from five seconds to 13 minutes. What makes Fabric so good is the variety: "Gather and Cast" is a ten-minute drone, while pieces like the title track and "Magnetic Hive Transmissions" follow a twisted avant rock path that leads right back into the London free improv school. In fact, this CD hits the listener as the unlikely child of Doctor Nerve (members of which appeared on Micro-East's second CD Out of My Face) and the London Improvisers Orchestra, a feeling that did not come that much into focus on the ensemble's previous albums. Loose rock structures as well as free improv playing are both present, but no jazz and -- most of all -- none of those tight funky new jazz licks orchestras of this kind have a tendency to revert to when nothing else works out. Alto saxophonist Frank Gratkowski makes a guest appearance on "Magnetic Hive Transmissions," turning the piece into a very powerful closer. This CD is not for the faint of heart, but strongly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
Label:
Umbrella Records
UPC:
0690713002721
catalogNumber:
27

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Micro-East Collective   Primary Artist
Chris Stamey   Conductor
Mac McCaughan   Synthesizer,Analogue Synthesizer
Frank Gratkowski   Alto Saxophone
Chris Eubank   Cello
Corey Sims   Trumpet,Accordion,Alto Horn
Amy Wilkinson   Clarinet
Aaron Oliva   Electric Bass,Double Bass
Bill McConaghy   Trombone,Trumpet,Cornet,Slide Trumpet
Carrie Shull   Oboe
Walker Martin   Guitar
Greg Decker   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ian Davis   Percussion
Martha Bausch   Flute,Penny Whistle
Rich Robeson   Guitar
Mark Simonsen   Percussion,Xylophone,Vibes
David Jordan   Clarinet,Whistle (Instrument),Slide Whistle
Chuck Johnson   Banjo,Guitar
Jason Bivins   Guitar
Jef Brown   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Nathan Logan   Percussion
Christopher Thurston   Double Bass
David Morris   Tuba

Technical Credits

Chris Stamey   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Tim Harper   Engineer
Bill Ellsworth   Artwork,Cover Art
Ian Davis   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes

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