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by Dave Ballou

15 minute improvisations for solo trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet and mutes utilizing extended techniques and melodic inspirations.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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Album Notes
Quadrants for Solo Trumpet is Dave Ballou’s eleventh release as a leader. It follows last year’s companion volume of shorter improvisations, Solo Trumpet (Cleanfeed). Utilizing the Bb trumpet, Bb piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn and various mutes, Ballou paints sonic canvases with smears, multiphonics and instantaneously created melodies, demonstrating the full range of his technical and musical prowess in this recording.

Quadrants for Solo Trumpet solidifies Ballou’s development into a formidable improviser. The four improvisations on this recording appear in sequence, with no edits or overdubs. From the initial sound, each improvisation unfolds with no preconceived map of the coming musical form. The only predetermining factors were an hourglass with a fifteen minute sand-drop and the knowledge that there were to be only four pieces. After recording the first two tracks, Ballou recognized a four-note pitch set. This set was then used in the final tracks to provide cohesion between the first and second half of the recording.

Few trumpet players display Ballou’s breadth of artistry. He brings his musical identity to every performance situation: from the large ensembles of Michael Formanek, Andrew Hill, Sotoko Fuji, and John Hollenbeck; to improvising with Tony Malaby, Tim Berne, Mario Pavone, Susan Alcorn and Anthony Pirog; to premiere performances by Gunther Schuller. Not a shape shifter, but a musician who brings diverse resources and a personal voice to any style or setting.



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