The Book Of The Heart The Mother Of The Book Hallucinations The Roswell Incident

The Roswell Incident
(Leo LR313)

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1. Mescal's Pastels (Hall - tenor sax; Rudd - trombone; Molnar - vibes; Occhipinti - guitar; Romberg - drums)
2. Penny Arcade Peep Show (Hall - bass clarinet; Rudd - trombone; Molnar - vibes; Occhipinti - guitar)
3. The Bowery (Hall - tenor sax; Rudd - trombone)
4. Rooster Steps (Molar - vibes; Rudd - trombone; Hall - soprano sax; Occhipinti - guitar)
5. The Inscrutable Mr. Mee Too (Occhipinti - guitar)
6. Short (ensemble)
7. Chico (Rudd - trombone; Hall - tenor sax; Molnar - vibes; Occhipinti - banjo)
8. King Korn (Hall - tenor sax; Occhipinti - guitar; Rudd - trombone; Molnar - vibes)
9. The Flow (ensemble - Hall, Molnar, Morse)

All compositions by Glen Hall except "Short" by Michael Morse and "King Korn" by Carla Bley. "Mescal's Pastels", "The Inscrutable Mr. Mee Too", "Short", and "King Korn" arranged by Michael Morse.

- Personnel - Glen Hall - tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, bass flute, electronics
- OutSource (Allan Molnar - vibes; Michael Morse - bass; Michael Occhipinti - guitar, banjo; Barry Romberg - drums)
- Roswell Rudd -trombone
- Recorded April 30, 1998 at Percussion Studio, Toronto
- Mixed at Percussion Studio
- Engineer - Allan Molnar
- Mixing - Allan Molnar, Glen Hall
- Producers - Glen Hall, Allan Molnar
- Executive Producer - Glen Hall

In 1997 a friend asked me to play a benefit concert for a theatre production his group was mounting. Looking around for musicians, I chose my longtime friends and musical associates vibist Allan Molnar and bassist Michael Morse. In the back of my mind was a catalogue of Carla Bley music I had been wanting to play, and I needed musicians with a strong sense of form and melody who could play freely as well. Michael suggested award-winning guitarist-composer Michael Occhipinti, and he in turn suggested one of the city's most in-demand drummers, Barry Romberg. Everybody agreed, and we played the concert: the result was magical-instant rapport! A year later, Roswell phoned me and said, "I'll be in Buffalo with Perry Robinson and Burton Greene. Come and get me, and let's record something." The ride down to Buffalo with avant-altoist Maury Coles, the concert, the hanging out, the very late night ride home, the early morning studio call, the sheer burn-out, and the electrifying concert the following day at the venerable Silver Dollar Saloon all combined to produce a profound impact on those involved. I called the CD "The Roswell Incident" because the whole two-day stretch had things in common with those incidents claiming to be "abduction by aliens", also an allusion to the original incident in Roswell, New Mexico. My band OutSource and I were living in an "altered reality" with a feeling of transmuted time, speaking a language of gestures, glances, exhausted sighs, fatigued motions, yet with the electrified heightened awareness of people who know what they are doing might well somehow transcend the time/space of their current situation through the music they are co-creating, and in the presence of a rare person, so beautiful in his spirit, he hardly seems of this world at all, a benevolent "alien" visitor, Roswell Rudd. "The Roswell Incident" is dedicated to the generous one who made this incident possible.

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Michael Morse, the bass player with Outsource, concludes in his liner note that words inadequately express the musical experience. I agree. But, if I can encourage you to experience this CD for yourselves then the word may yet prove worthwhile.

It is outstanding in so many ways.

Choice of instrumentation for one: Glen Hall (all horns), Michael Morse (bass), Barry Romberg (drums), Allan Molnar (vibes), Michael Occhipinti (guitar and banjo) and Roswell Rudd (trombone). Commitment for another. They proceed with daring, verse, poise and balls. The compositions are immediate and engrossing. Tight, free and neatly sidestepping categorisation these are players on the upward arc and the ride is exhilarating.

Rudd guests here to great effect. Muted slides and growls daub themselves across the canvas of composition without disturbing the balance of this close vorking unit. Pieces ebb and flow, pace changes constantly, colourings coalesce as different groupings of instruments interact. There isn't a weak link in this line up and Occhipinti delivers some wonderful oblique guitar work on "Penny Arcade Peep Show".

The quality of playing is consistent throughout and is very original (check out the walking bass under a banjo solo on Carla Bley's "Chico": Charles Mingus' spirit feels present here. The final tracks (The Flow) is, well, just perfect.

Full of surprises and constantly challenging (a good definition of the Leo label per se), part with money for this one and help change Mr. Morse's point of view. - John Cratchley -

The Book Of The Heart The Mother Of The Book Hallucinations The Roswell Incident

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