Digging It Harder From Afar

Digging It Harder From Afar

by New Winds


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Digging It Harder From Afar

Digging It Harder From Afar is New Winds' third album, their first for the Disques Victo label. The avant-garde wind trio of Robert Dick (flutes), Ned Rothenberg (saxophones, bass clarinet), and J.D. Parran (clarinets, bass saxophone) recorded this CD one piece at a time from 1989 to 1994. Each member contributed at least one composition (two in the case of Rothenberg); two group improvisations were added. This album highlights the mastery of each musician and the group's ability to navigate through complex compositions and pockets of improvisation. "Dovetail" stands out because of the then-not-so-common use of samples of the musicians' playing, prepared by Rothenberg and triggered/treated by guest percussionist Gerry Hemingway. The title track, penned by Dick and featuring his beautiful Roland Kirk-inspired flute style, opens the program with a kick. The last number also packs a surprise: "St. Louis Thank You Notes" is a spirited and joyfully twisted blues. Following a path similar to Rova, New Winds eschewed the saxophone quartet's more academic tendencies. Digging It Harder From Afar is not as uplifting as its follow-up, Potion, but it still features beautiful and inventive playing.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/1995
Label: Victo
UPC: 0777405002822
catalogNumber: 28

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Winds   Primary Artist
Robert Dick   Flute,Alto Flute,Bass Flute
Ned Rothenberg   Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
J.D. Parran   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Bass Saxophone,Alto Clarinet,Contra-alto Clarinet

Technical Credits

Robert Dick   Flute Arrangement
Gerry Hemingway   Sample Arrangements
Ned Rothenberg   Producer,Engineer
Francis Bacon   Author
Michael Brorby   Engineer
John Corbett   Liner Notes
François Bienvenue   Graphic Design
Michel Levasseur   Producer
Earl Howard   Contributor,Montage

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