Henry Kuntz & Paul V. Kuntz | JAsZ KHARdMA

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In April 2012 I had the opportunity to make a new collaborative recording with my brother Paul who lives in Houston, TX. As I live in Berkeley, CA, we don’t get to play together often. Paul expands the textural dimensionality of his playing on this new recording, building from the personal explorative vocabulary he displayed on Year of the Ox (HB CDR 2).

The title JAsZ KHARdMA stems from Paul’s occasional use of a number of R. Crumb’s Early Jazz Greats Trading Cards inside the piano, laying the cards across the strings to achieve a flapping percussive effect. JAsZ KHARdMA evokes as well that improvisational inspiration of ours that comes from the jazz tradition. It represents our personal connection to that tradition through our family’s New Orleans history and ancestry. Appropriated images from the Early Jazz Greats Trading Cards within the album cover & CD art are used with permission graciously granted by R. Crumb.

Mr. Crumb’s website can be accessed by clicking here…

– Henry Kuntz

Henry Kuntz: Nepalese Bamboo Flute, Tarascan Toy Violin (Paracho, Mexico), Morocco Rhaita, Tenor Saxophone | Paul V. Kuntz: Piano, Prepared Piano, Percussion

Recorded April 25 and 27, 2012 Houston, Texas. Tenor Saxophone parts recorded April 14.2012 Berkeley. California. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Paul V. Kuntz. Cover and Portrait Photos by Paul V. Kuntz. Appropriated images within the cover and CD art are from Robert Crumb’s “Early Jazz Greats” series.

All pieces are improvisations. “Webster’s Bad Theatre Suite Swing ” is an improvisation on a composition of the same name by Paul V. Kuntz

Tracklist: 1. Bird in the Hand (2:26) 2. Bud’s Bluff (4:14) 3. Raise You Juan (4:16) 4. Read’em An’Weep (4:01) 5. Four of Fats (2:32) 6. Deuce of Dodds (Johnny & Baby) (2:17) 7. Queen Lady Day (3:33) 8. Bix of Clubs (2:53) 9. Duke’s Deal (3:02) 10. Hawk’s Flush (2:01) 11. Prez’s Full House (2:55) 12. Hot 5 of Diamonds (3:06) 13. Creoles Wild, King Joe High (2:13) 14. Call (0:19) 15. Webster’s Bad Theatre Suite Swing (2:00)

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