Daniel Blacksberg : Trombone | Jon Barrios : Bass | Mike Szekely : Drums
Tracks : Side A: * 1. Fanfare For A Scrambled Race 4’05” * 2. Just Shy Of Hope 4’04” * 3. The Elastic Character 3’27” * 4. At Least Understanding 5’06” * 5. From the Chamber 2’20” Side B: * 6. Combing The Postapocalypse 6’11” * 7. Deforestation 4’57” * 8. The Closer 3’14” * 9. Shot To The End 8’27”
All compositions by Daniel Blacksberg (Illuminent Music ASCAP). * recorded June 8th (tracks 2 and 8) and June 21st (tracks 1, 3-9), 2008 at Buckeye Recording. * recorded, mixed and mastered by Peter Richan. * design by Oskaras Anosovas. * executive producer – Danas Mikailionis. * co-producer – Valerij Anosov. Limited Edition of 300 records.
The trombone is a tough instrument
to put in a leading role, and the small ensembles that feature a trombone are hence limited, but thanks to the relentless creativity of modern music, anything is possible, in any combination, with any kind of intent. Here is a list of interesting new albums in random order.
This adventurous new Lithuanian label presents us with what I think is the debut album of trombonist Daniel Blacksberg as a leader, accompanied by Jon Barrios on bass and Mike Szekely on drums. His approach is cautious, free and precise, in the sense that he does go beyond the beaten path, offering new possibilities for the instrument but without going into the wilder areas that George Lewis is known for. The end result is highly listenable avant jazz, with slow and bluesy inflections, using the instrument’s inherent capabilities for sadness. Promising! — Stef.
Daniel received his Bachelor of Music
in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Bob Brookmeyer, Norman Bolter, Joe Morris, and Joe Maneri. Upon returning to Philadelphia, he became active in the city’s rapidly growing creative jazz and improvised music scene. He has performed Daniel has performed with such notable musicians as Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, Daniel Levin, Jack Wright, Bobby Zankel, Mike Pride, Tim Daisy, Nate Mcbride, Charles Cohen, Taylor Ho Bynum, Steve Lantner, Gene Coleman, Katt Hernandez, Jessica Lurie, Brandon Seabrook, Peter Evans and Anthony Braxton.
While at NEC, Dan had the opportunity to work with Irene Aebi on the U.S. Premiere of her late husband Steve Lacy’s song cycle Futurities (2004), with Gunther Schuller in the world premiere of Encounters (2003) and to record with pianist Danilo Perez on his recent release the Panama Suite (2006, released 2007).
Daniel is also deeply involved in klezmer music and has played with many of the field’s top artists such as Frank London, Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Hankus Netsky, Adrienne Cooper, Alicia Svigals, Michael Winograd, Alex Kontorovitch, Daniel Kahn, Aaron Alexander and the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. In 2008, Daniel joined the Other Europeans Project, founded by Alan Bern to investigate the relationship of Jewish and Roma musicians in Bessarabia. He has appeared at the Krakow Jewish Music Festival, at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto and Klezmer Festival Fürth as well as many concerts all across the US and Europe. Daniel has taught at both Klezkamp and Klezkanada and at Yiddish Summer Weimar.
LP version (incl. shipment cost world-wide)