All compositions by Arnedo/Duval/Willson except as stated. Recorded November 15th, 2007 by Jim Clouse at Park West Studios, Brooklyn, NY. Mixed and mastered Desember 19th, 2007. Design by Brian Willson and Andrzej Wojnowski.
Tracklist: 1. Fee Fi Fo Fum (Shorter) [08:37] 2. March To Peace [04:35] 3. D Minor [13:15] 4. In A Sentimental Mood (Ellington) [09:07] 5. All Booze [05:12] 6. Dibujo (Arnedo) [05:16] 7. Morning Sun [05:38] 8. Border Crossing [06:29] 9. Prelude To Freedom [01:48] 10. Equinox (Coltrane) [09:55]
has played with Big Nick Nicholas, Frank Lacy, Katy Roberts, Kenny Werner, Dominic Duval, Cameron Brown, Willie Williams, New Tenor Conclave, Doc Cheatam, Ricky Ford, Jason Kao Hwang, Pauline Oliveros, Montego Joe, Warren Smith, Terry Silverlight, and has several Broadway show tours to his credit. He has performed, conducted, and/or lectured in 25 countries. His first CD as a leader, Things Heard Unheard, features Yuko Fujiyama and Dominic Duval and has been released on the Deep Listening Label. He currently co-leads a quartet with Salim Washington, featuring Radu Ben Judah and Yayoi Ikawa. Their recording; You Dig? will be released in fall, 2007. Mr. Willson is the drummer for the Katy Roberts Quintet CD recorded in Paris, Live at L’Archipel.
He recently recorded a CD of duets with Pauline Oliveros, As It Is, to be released summer, 2008. In 2005 he recorded a series of improvisations with Dutch percussionist Ruud Wiener and in 2006 a quartet with bass-trombonist Dave Taylor. Trained in both the classical and jazz traditions, he is currently on faculty in the percussion department of Brooklyn College where has taught for the last 15 years. He has toured Ireland and Spain for five consecutive years as associate conductor with the Brooklyn College Percussion Ensemble, premiering several works in those countries. In 2004, he also presented a week of concerts and master classes in Turkey at Istanbul Bilgi University. Conducting experience includes many contemporary music premieres, two film scores and a CD for Jose Halac, improvised music ensembles, Scandanavian/European tour of “A Chorus Line”, Conservatory Wind Ensemble, numerous works for percussion ensemble.
He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in June 2005 from the CUNY Graduate Center in NY. His dissertation was titled Achieving Fluency in Twentieth-Century Rhythms: A Pedagogical Approach. He has been featured in 3 television specials, the Salim Washington-Brian Willson Quartet; the Imagination Ensemble: Just Playin’; and The New Standard Trio with Dominic Duval and Yayoi Ikawa, aired on CUNY TV as part of their regular broadcast schedule. He is currently conductor/producer for two recording projects, singer Monica Harte, Songs From Another Place; and composer Terry Winter Owens, Sources of Light. In 2005 and 2007 he toured Brazil giving master classes in Campinas, Rio, and Bahia. Mr. Willson is endorsed by Paiste Cymbals, Lang Percussion Drums, Regal Tip Drumsticks, Latin Percussion,and Evans Heads. www.brianwillson.net
Antonio Arnedo hails from Columbia, South America
where he met Brian Willson at a Contemporary Music Festival in Bogota. Mr. Willson you might recall from a fine trio effort with Dominic Duval on the Deep Listening label from a few years back. This solid trio disc features a few covers (Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington & John Coltrane) as well as some wonderful group improvisations/compositions. Wayne Shorter’s “Fee Fi Fo Fum” is first and it is done most elegantly. Antonio’s sublime sailing soprano, Dominic’s bubbling bass and Brian’s brushes swirl together magically. Dominic’s dynamic bass is often at the center of the trio while the soprano and drums move in waves around him. On “March to Peace” the trio play freely with slow burning intensity, they sound as if they are on the verge of erupting but never quite do. The group improvisations are where this trio really soars together, weaving around one another in solid integrated tapestry.
Throughout “In a Sentimental Mood” Dominic’s bass keeps a long-flowing, running dialogue with Brian sizzling cymbals and Antonio’s sublime sax. The one original piece is called “Dibujo” by Mr. Arnedo and it is sounds like a slightly twisted dream as it lurks towards a quirky conclusion. The final piece is Trane’s classic “Equinox” and a perfect closing song with some fine, haunting soprano from Antonio. This trio plays together as if they have been playing for many years, which is great considering that this was their first session together. — Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
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