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JEFF ARNAL & GENERATE RECORDS

Jeff Arnal is one of the premier improvising drummer/percussionists on the globe.
  Glenn Astarita, ejazznews.com


Vinyl

SILVER ASH
Arnal / Block / Dugan
A-Side: Deathless / B-Side: Liveboat

  

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Aaron Dugan – electric guitar, Casey Block – electronics, Jeff Arnal – drums
recorded in 2011 by Seth Misterka at Newsonic Studio, Brooklyn, New York. Mixed by Jeff Arnal.

7” / 33rpm Coloured Vinyl Record released on Generate Records 2011

item no.: gen17
retail price: €
9,90


SILVER ASH is a surprisingly rocky release from the Arnal/Generate workshop! “Lifeboat” is even more hypnotic than “Deathless”, looking at the artwork which reminds the good old ‘garage band’, you could call the groove „rocky“, but Jeff Arnal plays extremely irregular patterns, misleading the regular 4/4-expectation efficiently. Bass drum and snare moving with the thick and intense soundscape generated by electric guitar and electronics. Check it out!



Milestone anniversaries are often a licence for record labels to issue gargantuan, celebratory box sets. But Brooklyn based percussionist Jeff Arnal has chosen to define ten years of his Generate Records with three aphoristic 7” vinyl releases, his label taken to its essence over three bite-sized, ten minute listens.
  Philipp Clark, The Wire (2009)


APERIODIC
Perkins / Parrett / Schulz
A-Side: Air Below Mountains / B-Side: Louder

  

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Ben Perkins – bass, Kevin Parrett – guitar, Matt Schulz – piano, drums
recorded 2001-2009 in Nurnberg, Dayton, Chicago, Brooklyn

7” / 33rpm Coloured Vinyl Record released on Generate Records 2009

item no.: gen16
retail price: €
9,90


Review:

Ben Perkins (bass), Kevin Parrett (guitar) and Matt Schulz (piano, drums) are fine exponents of a modern type of instrumental apocalypse, playing their instruments as if the news had just broke that the world is exploding within ten minutes. "Air Below Mountains" clangs, zings and sputters, underlined as it is by a massive wall of rumbling harmonic incomprehensibility barely disturbed by string sliding, extreme picking and scattered percussive convulsions. "Louder" — strangely enough given its title — starts as a more rarefied piece, echoes of industrial areas mixing with visions of mean-intentioned, transgendered minimalism whose burnt tissue exhales toxic fumes that no depurator will ever be able to dissolve. Then the true bombardment begins and it's a particularly suggestive one, replete with harsh feedback and ominous glissandos. Do these guys still believe that there is a future? I don't, either. Great stuff.

Massimo Ricci, The Sqid’s Ear


 

brooklyn mantra
Diaz-Infante / Arnal
A-Side: Brookly Mantra part 1 / B-Side: Brookly Mantra part 2

 


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Ernesto Diaz-Infante – 12-string bajo sexto guitar, Jeff Arnal – percussion
recorded August 3, 2006 by Seth Misterka at Newsonic Studio, Brooklyn, New York

7” / 33rpm Coloured Vinyl Record released on Generate Records 2009

item no.: gen15
retail price: €
9,90


Review:

Arnal’s appearance on Brooklyn Mantra, playing a duo with guitarist Ernesto Diaz-Infante, is a reminder of his eloquent, responsive ear for percussion timbre: as Diaz-Infante fingers brittle rhythm guitar, Arnal’s sonorous percussion floats air through the flickering space, elongating and crushing time as he gropes skins, cymbals and woods for shifting permutations of sounds.

Philipp Clark, The Wire

As it happens in any mantra worthy of respect, this piece — subdivided in two parts, one per side of the 7-inch — evolves over a single entrancing chord, strummed by Diaz-Infante on his 12-string bajo sexto — initially slowly, then a little more energetically, Arnal hitting cymbals and skins with relatively controlled abandon at first, soon shifting into a fairly energetic display of percussive colors. The shortage of instrumental sources is inversely proportional to the cocoon-ish qualities of the resonance generated, though in the second half the drummer introduces a larger quantity of irregular rhythms that do not change the general mood. A congenially diminutive shamanistic experience, to be played loud (and possibly burnt on CDR to be able of setting it in "repeat" mode, which I suspect would increase its mesmeric potential).

Massimo Ricci, The Squid’s Ear


 

MUSIC FOR AN IMAGINARY BAND
Gordon Beeferman
A-Side: No Meat / B-Side: Far Interlude

 


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Gordon Beeferman – piano, Nate Wooley – trumpet, Evan Rapport – alto sax, Matt Bauder – tenor sax, Josh Sinton – baritone sax, bcl, Brad Kemp – bass, Michael Evans – drums
recorded May 23, 2009 by Scott Friedlander at the Italian Academy, Columbia University, New York City

7” / 33rpm Coloured Vinyl Record released on Generate Records 2009

item no.: gen14
retail price: €
9,90


Review:

"No Meat" is the bastard child of a soundtrack to a deranged Broadway show and a trip through the glorious times of jazz's big bands, the whole arranged by fairly rational-minded Stravinskian zealots. There's nary a moment of quietness, intelligence abounding throughout. The recording quality favors an "all-in-a-room" trait which contributes to the music's pleasant overtones. Same characteristics in "Far Interlude", with a more relaxed vibe — a pseudo-ballad, anyone? — and in general a sombre disposition that adds a further pinch of melancholy to an already rather long-faced score. There are ways of demonstrating dissidence besides making noise: Beeferman's music is perfect in that sense. Beautiful record, too bad it's only a tiny vinyl thing. Participants: Nate Wooley, Evan Rapport, Matt Bauder, Josh Sinton, Brad Kemp, Michael Evans. My heartfelt "bravo" goes to each of them.

Massimo Ricci, The Squid’s Ear



CDs

PAIL BUG
Arnal / Eichmann / Hughes / Weins
1. First Pail / 2. Second Pail / 3. Third Pail / 4. Fourth Pail / 5. Fifth Pail

 


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Dietrich Eichmann – piano, John Hughes – double bass, Astrid Weins – double bass, Jeff Arnal – percussion
Recorded on December 19, 2009 at Vivaldisaal Berlin, mastered in 2011 by Gunnar Brandt-Sigurdsson, Hamburg

total duration: 47:00
CD released on Generate Records 2011

item no.: gen18
retail price: €
16,90


PAIL BUG came into being through the long-lived collaboration between New York-based percussionist Jeff Arnal and Berlin-based pianist and composer Dietrich Eichmann. The duo has been joined by double bassists Astrid Weins and John Hughes in December 2009. Swiss composer Alfred Knüsel described the synthesis of jazz, improvisation and avant-garde composition as ‘Music on a Volcano’.


 

Generate Records 1999-2009
TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK!
 a wonderful sampler through 12 previously released CDs, including a re-release of the outstanding piece “RED”, originally released on mini CD in 2004 in a limited edition and sold out long, plus 4 bonus tracks of unreleased projects

 


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featuring Jeff Arnal, Gordon Beeferman, Chris Dahlgren, John Dierker, Michael Evans, Ken Filiano, Barbara Fuchsberger, Joerg Hochapfel, John Hughes, Seth Misterka, Anders Nilsson, Lars Scherzberg, Jonathan Vincent, Philipp Wofford and Arto Artinian, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Brian Drye, Dietrich Eichmann, Philip Gayle, Terry McManus, Astrid Weins

total duration: 55:43
CD released on Generate Records 2009

item no.: gen13
retail price: €
12,90


Review:

The CD featured in this review is a lovely compilation. Usually this is a format that I pretty much dislike, given the practical impossibility of a true analysis (unless one really wants to waste some precious time by dissecting single tracks) and the customary extreme heterogeneity of the artistic levels implied. Yet this collection of improvisations contains materials so fine that, for once, immunity is granted and an invitation to listening carefully assured, especially if you want to have a precise idea of what this imprint is up to (always at very high standards of musicianship, for good measure). Label honcho Jeff Arnal is obviously present in the majority of contexts, his approach to anything percussive characteristically peerless. The disc's musical scope links the qualities of the best contemporary free jazz and the radical derivations of chamber-influenced music, the (positive) exception being the previously unreleased "Live at CIM" by the trio of Arnal, Ernesto Diaz-Infante and Philip Gayle which ends the program with an entrancing vibe quite similar to the above reviewed Brooklyn Mantra's. Other noteworthy affairs come from the grouping Bodies Of Water (Arnal with pianist Gordon Beeferman) and the two consecutive trios Tripwire (Lars Scherzberg on alto sax, John Hughes on double bass — Jeff Arnal on percussion) and Propele di Katsa (Barbara Fuchsberger, Joerg Hochapfel and again Hughes in a wonderful clarinet-piano-bass setting). A highly recommended sampler, no question about it.

Massimo Ricci, The Squid’s Ear


 

TRANSIT: QUADROLOGUES
Arnal / Misterka / Radding / Wooley
1. strata / 2. walking on fire / 3. the science of breath / 4. flip / 5. rapid eye movement / 6. Z train / 7. meeting ground / 8. time isn’t what you think / 9. speaking in tongues / 10. myrtle avenue revival

 


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Jeff Arnal – percussion, Seth Misterka – alto saxophone, Reuben Radding – double bass, Nate Wooley – trumpet
recorded on December 18, 2006 and January 9, 2007 at Studio Stats, Brooklyn, New York

total duration: 56:58
CD released on clean feed 2009

item no.: CF143CD
retail price: €
15,40


Is there anything better than this?
        
Massimo Ricci, The Squid’s Ear

“Quadrologues” is the second Clean Feed release by the New York based quartet Transit. This collection of pieces integrates the tradition of jazz and the never obvious approaches to music. Each piece reveals an intelligent design with a clarity of purpose. Static and the hyper activity of free-jazz are equal partners in Transit's compositions. Falling in and out of tradition - Transit has created it's own "thumbprint" that reveals an individual sensitivity within a group consciousness.
Jeff Arnal (percussion), Seth Misterka (alto saxophone), Reuben Radding (double bass) and Nate Wooley (trumpet) contribute choices in the moment - Impulse - Silence – Response - from a rich palette of individual style within a non linear structure. Each moment is unique and unpredictable.
Quadrologues can count itself as apart of a new emerging music - unknown sounds of the 21st century. This collective is informed by decades of experimentation in the trenches of the Avant Garde. Full of risk but quick to reveal the importance of cooperation and the synergy of true dialogue.
In conclusion: this music creates an innovative landscape that mirrors the complexities of the environment from which it emerged.                                                                       

Clean Feed


 

FULMINATE TRIO
Nilsson / Filiano / Evans
1. Floater (Carla Bley) / 2. Road Runner / Coyote (Evans) / 3. The Red One (Pt.1) (Evans) / 4. Sound Fear (Nilsson) / 5. Tiger Variations (Evans/Nilsson)

 


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Michel Evans – drum set, percussion and electronics, Ken Filiano – double bass and electronics, Anders Nilsson – electric guitar and electronics
recorded on March 12, 2007 at the T.T.Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, New York

total duration: 55:02
CD released on Generate Records 2008

item no.: gen12
retail price: €
14,90


Review:

Fulminate Trio feature Anders Nilsson electric guitar, Ken Filiano on double bass and Michael Evans on drums, with everyone doubling on electronics. Swedish-born guitarist, Anders Nilsson, has been a part of the downtown scene for the past decade and is one of unsung local heroes of jazz/rock guitar. His Swedish quartet, Aorta, has two of the finest jazz/rock discs out that we've heard in many a year. He has also collaborated with Ras Moshe, Tom Bruno and Raoul Bjorkenheim. The Fulminate Trio is Anders' new project with the great East/West bassist Ken Filiano and another unsung hero, MIchael Evans on drums. This fine disc was dropped off nearly a month ago when I wasn't at the store, so I didn't get a chance to listen to it closely until now. All I can say is - wow! All of the five songs are originals, except for the opening track, which is Carla Bley's "Floater." "Floater" is a dark, spooky tune with ominous bass and sly, skeletal guitar. It is difficult to be delicate and dark at the same time, but this piece does do that so well. Michael Evans' "Road Runner/Coyote" is a somber, freer piece with some strong bowed bass, old-fashioned slow-burning jazz/rock guitar and quick-spinning drums. "The Red One" starts off with some eerie static before the trio slowly builds freely and ominously. Soon the trio hits its stride when Ken introduces this great, hypnotic repeating bass line. Anders takes a long, story-telling guitar solo that is most inspiring, tasteful and imaginative. Fusion lovers-watch out, you have a new saviour! I am kidding actually, since Anders' solo is relatively short, to-the-point and doesn't overstay its welcome. One of the things that I dig about this trio is the way they use acoustic bass with electric guitar in a most natural way. There is a long spacy section in this piece that features eerie, minimal guitar, buzzing contrabass and free & fractured drums. "Tiger Variations" has an odd jazz/rock/psych sort of theme, reminding me of the good old early free/fusion days, before pigeonholing forced some to prejudge what they might actually dig if they heard something in a blindfold test. This is a most impressive trio offering that appears to defy categorization and remain engaging throughout.

Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


 

DOG DAY
Aaron Dugan / Jeff Arnal
1. Pyrene / 2. Trickum Shoals / 3. Pisco / 4. Flutter Code / 5. Lenora / 6. Magic Hour / 7. APP / 8. Dead in the Water / 9. Collision / 10. Lisboa / 11. Last Legs / 12. Allenby / 13. Paz / 14. Patch of Yellow and Blue

 


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Aaron Dugan – electric guitar, Jeff Arnal – percussion
recorded on December 6, 2006 by Matt Coogan at Solus Music, Glenside, PA

total duration: 45:10
CD released on C3R 2007

item no.: C3R 013
retail price: €
14,90


Review:

This duo is hooked up! There is strong balance and powerful flow of ideas back and forth. Free rock/jazz?!? No matter what you might call it, these cats are listening and responding quickly and tightly. It is cool to hear Jeff's drums as the lead instrument on a few of these pieces. Jeff plays brushes on "Trickum Shoals" and sets up the swinging sort of groove for Aaron to respond to with a minimum of notes placed just right. Jeff does a good job of bowing or rubbing his cymbal on "Pisco", a rather eerie piece with a minimum of notes used. Each piece involves different structures or textures or combinations of sounds. Some are very short, under 2 minutes, but all seem to say something stimulating. Both Aaron and Jeff change the sound of their instrument or their approach to playing on each piece, selectively coming up with new ideas on each piece. They even come up with a handful of strange, twisted melodies on a few of these pieces. Quite a successful pairing of their talents and often an unexpected delight.

Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

Jeff Arnal is one of the premier improvising drummer/percussionists on the globe. With this newly issued outing, he teams with Philadelphia-reared guitarist Aaron Dugan for some zealous episodes containing fun, frolic and masterful invention. They extend the probabilities of standard duo fare via highly rhythmic jaunts and counterbalancing dialogues. Moreover, Dugan’s odd-tunings and distortion laced maneuvers often complement Arnal’s pulsating rhythmic exercises as they generally expand and contract the free-form element. On “Pisco,” the artists cleverly fuse minimalist like foundations with vivacious sound-sculpting motifs. And in various regions of this disc, Dugan injects a mechanical grunge element into themes, punctuated by Arnal’s sweeping polyrhythmic attack. Then on “Magic Hour,” all hell breaks loose due to Dugan’s whacked-out guitar lines, built upon steely rock chords and Hendrix-like wailing. And the fun doesn’t stop there, evidenced by the guitarist’s echo-laden psychedelic voicings atop the drummer’s pumping beats during the piece titled “Lisbon.” In sum, the musicians breakdown a few genres while adhering to customary free-jazz approaches, all executed with clever methodology that aims to excite one’s neural senses.

Glenn Astarita, ejazznews.com


 

ROGUE STATES
Beeferman / Arnal
1. Split Screen / 2. To Draw Us Near / 3. Limb From Limb / 4. Oh It’s You / 5. Pirouette on a Pin / 6. Three-Wheeled Ride / 7. Sanctum / 8. Auuk / 9. Whirler-Wanderer / 10. In White Haze / 11. Terra Infirma / 12. Rift and Resonance / 13. Enemy Static

 


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Gordon Beeferman – piano, Jeff Arnal – percussion
recorded April 22 and June 9, 2005 at Wombat Studios, Brooklyn, New York

total duration: 55:43
CD released on Generate Records 2006

item no.: gen11
retail price: €
14,90


Jeff Arnal (percussion) and Gordon Beeferman (piano) synthesize avant-garde jazz/improv and contemporary classical traditions of the 20th century into a unique “energized ritual of free expression…music with muscle and appeal” (Cadence Magazine). Since forming their duo in 2000, Arnal and Beeferman have become an integral part of the creative music scene in New York and beyond. Their duo has performed at the Knitting Factory, Music at the Anthology, Improvised and Otherwise (Brooklyn), San Francisco Alternative Music Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Tremont Theater and Zeitgeist Gallery (Boston/Cambridge), and other venues for experimental and improvised music. Their first recording Bodies of Water (2001) was praised for its "near-perfect synchronicity... these two have talent to burn" (All Music Guide). In addition to working as a duet, they have collaborated with many other musicians and dancers, including choreographer Estelle Woodward (in the dance/music ensemble Loophole) and saxophonist Seth Misterka (as Rara Avis).


 

MEJA
Michael Evans / Jeff Arnal
1. hand me down / 2. fear active / 3. revivify / 4. two hats are better than one / 5. transvection / 6. west shokan slumber / 7. labrador labyrinth / 8. snafu / 9. a perculiar presentiment / 10. opening / 11. with a hint of… / 12. a maze of transparencies / 13. drifting w-peer / 14. treeman suite

 


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Michel Evans – percussion, Jeff Arnal – percussion
recorded by Tom Mark on June 9th & 10th, 2004 in West Shokan, NY, at the Make Believe Ballroom

total duration: 59:29
CD released on C3R 2006

item no.: C3R 008
retail price: €
14,90


This is the first album from Michael Evans and Jeff Arnal, a duo of amazing percussionists from the NYC improv scene. Over the course of fourteen tracks, Evans and Arnal display their skill as players and their intuition as improvisers. Such movement! Such vivacity! We're not snowing ya -- this is a fantastic record that you'll want to hear again and again!                                                C3R Records

Review:

Eschewing bombast and grandstanding, percussionists Michael Evans and Jeff Arnal are sympathetically matched in their sensiblities, creating settings that are not lacking for traditional melodics and harmonics because they fully understand the musical reach of their drums. Born of improvisation sessions, the diversity on these fourteen pieces is striking. A full album experience has been created by smartly sequencing the pieces to create a dramatic arc that celebrates warmth, surprise and adventure. [...] Two drummers create one full and balanced meal.

David Greenberger, Signal To Noise

This music is an experience of gestural freedom that we can elaborate over or simply enjoy as it is, conscious of the fact that we’re in front of serious artistic value from every point of view. Structures and functions subside to unpredictable sketches, colours and timbral weights, the whole continuously shifting in total absence of complications - even if this is far from being an easy listen. Everything that Evans and Arnal play seems to be in logical correlation, whatever the form. Very, very nice!

Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes


 

TRIPWIRE: LOOKING IN MY EAR
Scherzberg / Hughes / Arnal
1. Constellations / 2. Descent / 3. The Precipice Inside / 4. Hearing Device / 5. Altitude / 6. Your Peculiarity / 7. A Whisper Unknown / 8. Echo from (a) Void / 9. Irradiate / 10. Invisible Rays

 


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Lars Scherzberg – alto sax, John Hughes – bass, Jeff Arnal – percussion
recorded on November 13 & 14, 2004, Christianskirche Hamburg, Germany, at the Phenomorphonic Festival

total duration: 46:30
CD released on creative sources 2006

item no.: cs063
retail price: €
15,40


Review:

Considering this is a sax, bass & drums trio, they rarely sound like what one might expect. They seem to be more concerned with odd sounds like bowed percussion, eerie mouthpiece manipulation & breath-like sounds and twisted contrabass explorations. Much of this quiet, spooky and cautious, as if they are waiting to erupt, building sounds a few at a time. You can hear each sound and the selective way each sound is placed. The rewards are (there) waiting for you to enter their world. Fascinating in a different sort of way.

Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


 

TRANSIT
Arnal / Misterka / Radding / Wooley
1. Cortelyou Q / 2. Van Brunt / 3. Gowanus Canal / 4. Sabbath Siren / 5. Brick City part 1 / 6. Brick City part 2 / 7. Journal Square / 8. DerBlatt / 9. Ditmas Park / 10. Red Hook

 


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Jeff Arnal – percussion, Seth Misterka – alto saxophone, Reuben Radding – double bass, Nate Wooley – trumpet
recorded on March 21, 2001 at Newsonic Studio, Brooklyn, New York

total duration: 51:53
CD released on clean feed 2005

item no.: CF055CD
retail price: €
15,40


A stringent and meaningful complexity in improvised music is sometimes obtained through graphic scores, harmonic predeterminations, and conceptual systems of rules and signs – as in Cecil Taylor’s classical unit concepts, to name but one better-known example. In the recordings presented on Transit this happens as to the manner born in spontaneous dialogues that remain completely unpredictable. That’s how the music of this quartet, in all its intellectual mastership, gains its strong and stunning expressiveness.
Each of these four musicians are actively involved in many different projects in the New York and international music scenes. Their connection is thorough knowledge of manifold musical languages, leading to a sort of musical cosmopolitanism which allows them the use of ‘traditional’ elements without ever touching the edge of cliché in their musical statement. Through an unusually consequent and meticulous structuring of those elements, a highly expressive music results which absolutely stands for itself.
Beginning with Nate Wooley’s gripping statements, ‘Cortelyou Q’ sounds like a sophisticated tutti arrangement that permanently renews from itself like an organic web. After Reuben Radding’s extraordinary opening on ‘Van Brunt’, Seth Misterka develops a seemingly endless melodic line from tiniest motives (one is tempted to call them minimalistic but that term would do no justice to this definitely non-minimalistic music), which is of astonishing structural clarity and expressive beauty. Also note Jeff Arnal’s comic strip-like small actions and the funny three-note-motive of the winds which open ‘Gowanus Canal’. Increasingly intensifying augmentation and reduction of the motive to only two notes, a free jazz-like climax seems to be expected but doesn’t occur because the ironical aphorism ends as soon in a properly descending sequence. ‘Sabbath Siren’ is an aphoristic study in timbre, which sounds as if magic mushrooms had united Helmut Lachenmann, Morton Feldman, György Ligeti, and Evan Parker for not quite two minutes. Although probably none of the afore-mentioned would like the reference.

In spite of many concerts these are the only recordings of this excellent quartet. Each piece conceals secrets, pleasures and surprises, which you should savour yourself.

Dietrich Eichmann, in the booklet

 

 

RARA AVIS
Arnal / Beeferman / Misterka
1. Dust / 2. Conspirators / 3. Hive / 4. Lost World / 5. Basement Scientist / 6. Paraphernalia / 7. Allucidation / 8. Sirens / 9. Recombination / 10. Isthmus / 11. Screw Creature

 


Seth Misterka – saxophones, Gordon Beeferman – electric piano, Jeff Arnal – percussion
recorded December 2002 – March 2003 at Newsonic, Brooklyn, New York

CD released on Generate Records 2003
total duration: 55:31

item no.: gen09
retail price: € 12,90


Review:
JEFF ARNAL/GORDON BEEFERMAN/SETH MISTERKA - Rara Avis (Generate Records 09) Jeff plays percussion, Gordon plays electric piano and Seth plays saxes. The only member of this fine local trio that I know of previously is Seth, who has collaborated and studied with Braxton and runs the great Newsonic label. Strong and highly focused outside improv for a sax/el. piano/drums trio, sometimes somber and laid back, sometimes boisterous and bold. Much of this does not sound improvised as they move together and shift dynamics so well. Each piece deals with a different approach or strategy, quirky and twisted at times, then playful and ultra-cautious at another section. All three players here have much to offer, as each gets a chance to navigate the currents and steer the proceedings. As free as things get, there is a central thread of serious listening and reacting going on here. There is also a nice clarity to the way this was recorded, well balanced and thoughtfully executed. That special magic or organic glue that makes certain improv so successful is at the center of these pieces. Nice work!

Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

 


 

tripwire
TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK!
Scherzberg / Hughes / Arnal
1. Labor Sonor (Kule) - Berlin 11/5/01: trio / 2. oaksmus Studio - Berlin 11/7/01: quartet / 3. Grundriß - Hamburg 10/31/01: quintet / 4. oaksmus Studio - Berlin 11/6/01: quartet / 5. oaksmus Studio - Berlin 11/6/01: trio / 6. Kulturhaus Mitte - Berlin 11/1/01: trio / 7. oaksmus Studio - Berlin 11/6/01: quartet / 8. Bunker - Hamburg 10/28/01: trio
 

 


Lars Scherzberg - alto sax, John Hughes - bass, Jeff Arnal - drums
special guests: Dietrich Eichmann - piano (2., 4., 7.), Giancarlo Locatelli - clarinets & Alberto Braida - piano (3.)
Live concert and session recordings from Berlin & Hamburg, Fall 2001

total duration: 70:36

CD released on Generate Records 2002

item no.: gen07
retail price: € 12,90


Review:
Tripwire is this trio's second album. It has been recorded fourteen months after Top Floor Encounter and consists of excerpts from a handful of concerts and studio sessions held in Berlin and Hamburg at the end of October and beginning of November 2001, while US drummer Jeff Arnal visited his colleagues... more

 


 

Spy Satellite
Dierker / Vincent / Arnal
1. getaway car / 2. dancing with a wombat / 3. hoosick falls / 4. gray patterson / 5. tug boat / 6. shrill clinker / 7. bug out / 8. caterpillar dream / 9. melzo is buzzing / 10. there where there is no other / 11. in the zoo

 

 
John Dierker - reeds, Jonathan Vincent - piano, Jeff Arnal - drums
recorded on January 23, 2001 at Wombat Studios, Brooklyn, New York

total duration: 60:34
CD released on Generate Records 2002

item no.: gen06
retail price: €
12,90

 


 

bodies of water
Beeferman / Arnal

1. antipodes / 2. towards winter / 3. entr’acte / 4. i dip my hands once again in the ocean / 5. tribe of machines / 6. distorting mirror / 7. whirlpool and reef / 8. vapors / 9. shark eye / 10. horror vacui

 

 

Gordon Beeferman - piano, Jeff Arnal - drums
recorded on May 12, 2001 at Wombat Studios, Brooklyn, New York

total duration: 44:29

CD released on Generate Records 2001

item no.: gen05
retail price: €
12,90


 

Badlands – Expositions of Freedom...Now!
1. Pica Cato / 2. Freedom of Thought / 3. Vibes /
4. Freedom in Wind / 5. A Gap / 6. Freedom at Sunset / 7. Hi Coo / 8. Freedom of Hope / 9. Good Bye / 10. Freedom of Horizon

 


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Blaise Siwula – alto sax solo  (1., 3., 5., 7., 9.) performed January 11, 2000 at Kakumondi Studio, Williamsburg, New York
Blaise Siwula – alto sax, Vattel Cherry – bass, Jeff Arnal – drums (2., 4., 6., 8., 10.) performed May 2, 2000 at Sound Stage, Knitting Factory, New York City

total duration: 73:06
CD released on Cadence Jazz Records 2001

item no.: CJR 1120
retail price: € 12,90


Generate Records
An independent record label from Brooklyn, New York, founded in 1999 by Jeff Arnal.

Ten Years Generate Records!

Interview with Jeff Arnal in All About Jazz, New York:

“It was the DIY movement that inspired me to create a platform for projects that I thought should see the light of day,” says percussionist Jeff Arnal of his label, Generate Records.  “Friends and I used to make cassettes, which we would distribute in small quantities, but the label format and moving to CDs has allowed more people to hear what we’re doing.  Having the finished product brings a sort of closure to each project.”  The small but vital outlet celebrates its tenth anniversary this summer with an afternoon of music on August 29th at Roosevelt Live.  To coincide with the event, a label overview is being released that presents highlights from the indie’s released contributions as well as sampling a few unreleased tantalizing aggregates.  Additionally, there will be three 7” singles released by the artists performing at the celebration, comprising the first new Generate titles since May of 2008.  Along with the label compilation, these demonstrate the many fascinating and complex sound worlds a Generate release might evoke.
It all began with a duo CDR, now out of print, featuring Arnal’s percussion and Philip Wofford’s tenor saxophone in one of his two appearances in the Generate catalog.   “We’d been working together for a couple of years, and we both thought the duo recordings were successful.  I sent a fair amount of material to record labels and grew tired of their refusals, however valid the reasons were; We just decided to take matters into our own hands.”  This initial foray is represented on the new compilation by the harrowing “In Sink.”  It’s a rollercoaster ride through the “new thing” aesthetics in which Arnal was immersed during his graduate studies at Bennington College, with both Milford Graves and Charles Gayle.  “I improvised with Gayle every Thursday morning, and we did several concerts together; it was a real pleasure.  Graves really got me exploring issues relating to advanced drum set technique—can you play five in your feet against three in your hands?”  Working with these two established masters shaped the visceral and technical command evident in Arnal’s playing.  Just listen to another duo track, “Downtown Deal,” from the second Generate release.  In collaboration with clarinetist John Dierker, Arnal demonstrates the essence of sublimated energy by transferring the scronk and clatter of the 1960s to translucent brushes.  The density of the performance is counterbalanced by a sense of timbral transparency, reducing the volume and allowing for each motivic gesture to be heard with clarity, even in the brightly reverberant acoustic.
Contrast these high-voltage explorations with the label’s more introspective recordings, those including pianist and composer Gordon Beeferman being stand-out examples.  The duo disc Bodies of Water is represented on the anniversary compilation by the slowly morphing “I Dip my Hands Once Again in the Ocean.”  Beeferman’s pianism does not usually reflect the clustered percussives of free improvisation pioneers such as Cecil Taylor or Don Pullen; rather, he explores small scalar ideas, repeating them and then drawing chords from them.  Arnal’s playing is a model of contained support, reactive and propulsive by turn but always incorporating enough space and measured silences for Beeferman’s ideas to build naturally and freely.  These duos bring to mind Arnal’s collaborations for Leo and Broken Research with Dietrich Eichmann, another free-thinking pianist.  In these performances, Arnal exhibits a startling sense of melody, countering the pianistic ideas with pitched material of his own.  He relates this aspect of his playing to studies with composer Stuart Saunders Smith.  “He really changed my life,” smiles Arnal.  “His compositions are quite complex, and his percussion writing is very melodic—I learned a lot from that.  Also, both Beeferman and Eichmann are composers in the contemporary classical sense, and they approach the piano in that way, leaving me free to explore the more melodic aspects of my playing.”
The bonus tracks on the anniversary compilation represent projects that simply have not come to fruition in the way Arnal imagines.  “Things just fall through the cracks sometimes, and it’s usually a question of finance,” he states.  Their appearance on the compilation allows a glimpse into musical associations that Arnal holds in equal esteem.  Notable among these is an extract from a live event featuring improvisational iconoclast Philip Gayle, whose album The Mommy Row (Family Vineyard) was one of the best improvised music offerings of 2005.  “Working with Philip is great, and I hope that more of the recordings we’ve made will be released soon.
More recently, Generate’s catalog has begun to feature groups that do not include Arnal; the most recent full-length disc came from the Fulminate trio, featuring percussionist Michael Evans, bassist Ken Filiano and guitarist Anders Nilsson.  Similarly, two of the new 7” singles also document these departures, expanding the labels sound and focus in the process.  There is the fire and brimstone of Aperiodic, a trio including guitarist Kevin Parrett, bassist Benjamin Perkins and drummer Matthias Schultz.  Their “Air Below Mountains” eschews the Cecil Taylor homage implied by the title, falling somewhere just outside of 1960s AMM influence, taking a page or two from Throbbing Gristle’s book of delicately distorted textures.  “I grew up listening to all kinds of music, and like many others my age, I had a garage band, played punk and experimented with noise collages on a 4-track.  I really appreciate the sonic world they create.”
Beeferman’s Music for an Imaginary Band, comprising such fine experimentalists as Nate Wooley and Matt Bauder among others, is also featured on a 7”, providing a rare chance to hear his harmonically rich compositions.  Even the one single on which Arnal plays speaks to aspects of his playing as yet under documented by Generate.  “Brooklyn Mantra” pairs him with West-coast guitarist Ernesto Diaz-Infante for two improvisations that blend drone with more of Arnal’s melodic percussion.  “I’m very proud of these new releases,” says Arnal.  “They document long-time musical interests of mine in new ways, and I am enjoying the shorter forms that the music is taking.”  Indeed, these three new discs are some of the best the label has produced.  They harken back to earlier label efforts, like the projects with Beeferman or material from the group Tripwire, but they also portend a very exciting future for a very consistent independent label.
Marc Medwin, All About Jazz, NY, August 2009

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