Thirsty Ear Presents: Blue Series Sampler [2003]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While many labels issue samplings of their artists to hip the consumer to what it is they have to offer them as product, the folks at Thirsty Ear, curated by pianist and composer Matthew Shipp, put together Blue Series Sampler, an aesthetic sampling of what is inarguably the most exciting, forward-thinking jazz label in the United States. The Blue Series deal is one based on approaches to creating music, not genre approaches. Hence, there are tracks from Shipp's varied acoustic and electric ensembles, DJ tracks by everybody from Spooky to the cats in Spring Heel Jack playing live with everyone from Evan Parker to William Parker, to David S. Ware's new string band, to El-P's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While many labels issue samplings of their artists to hip the consumer to what it is they have to offer them as product, the folks at Thirsty Ear, curated by pianist and composer Matthew Shipp, put together Blue Series Sampler, an aesthetic sampling of what is inarguably the most exciting, forward-thinking jazz label in the United States. The Blue Series deal is one based on approaches to creating music, not genre approaches. Hence, there are tracks from Shipp's varied acoustic and electric ensembles, DJ tracks by everybody from Spooky to the cats in Spring Heel Jack playing live with everyone from Evan Parker to William Parker, to David S. Ware's new string band, to El-P's forthcoming experimental forays into jazz and hip-hop, with a ton of stuff in between. There are no dogs, no forsaken tracks, and no haphazardly chosen selection on this collection -- great evidence is the inclusion of the Kidd Jordan/Fred Anderson cut from the Vision Festival. This is just the shape of jazz to come, but its texture, its treatise, its look, sound, and artifice all sprawled out in Technicolor blue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Thirsty Ear
  • UPC: 700435713826
  • Catalog Number: 57138
  • Sales rank: 326,420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cohesion (6:36)
  2. 2 Then Again - Blue Series Continuum (4:40)
  3. 3 Jalapeño Diplomacy (4:56)
  4. 4 Out of the Blue - DJ Wally (4:43)
  5. 5 Monstro City (3:06)
  6. 6 Ananda Rotation (6:41)
  7. 7 That Subliminal Kid vs. the Last Mohican - DJ Spooky (5:29)
  8. 8 Mist - Blue Series Continuum (5:49)
  9. 9 Spirits Came In - Fred Anderson Quartet (4:13)
  10. 10 Scrapbook - William Parker (8:04)
  11. 11 Sunrise Over Bklyn - Ei-P (10:32)
  12. 12 Lit - Spring Heel Jack (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Han Bennink Drums
Tim Berne Alto Saxophone
Evan Parker Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Wheeler Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Billy Bang Violin
Fred Anderson Alto Saxophone
Khan Jamal Vibes
Paul Rutherford Trombone
David S. Ware Tenor Saxophone
Matthew Shipp Piano, Korg, fender rhodes
William Parker Bass
Roy Campbell Jr. Trumpet
Marc Ducret Electric Guitar
Hamid Drake Drums
Alex Lodico Trombone
Tom Rainey Drums
Steve Swell Trombone
Ashley Wales Multi Instruments
Evan Ziporyn Clarinet
John Coxon Multi Instruments
Josh Roseman Trombone
Kidd Jordan Alto Saxophone
Jason Pierce Electric Guitar
Craig Taborn Organ, fender rhodes
Gerald Cleaver Drums
Ed Coxon Violin
Mat Maneri Viola
Keef Destefano Sampling
Daniel Carter Reeds, Trumpet
John Edwards Double Bass
Flam Synthesizer
Guillermo E. Brown Drums
Daniel Bernard Roumain Violin
GoodandEvil Sounds
George Trebar Double Bass
Peter Gordon Flute
Technical Credits
Tim Berne Composer, Author
David S. Ware Composer, Author
Matthew Shipp Composer, Author
Robert Lamm Composer
William Parker Composer
Chip Davis Composer
David Gilmour Composer
Jeff Silbar Composer
DJ Wally Composer, Author
Craig Taborn Contributor
Flam Programming
Cynthia Fetty Art Direction
DJ Goo Remixing
Peter Gordon Author
Richard Morgan Bowles Jr. Composer
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