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by Dave Tucker West Coast Project

Perhaps best known for his work as a guitarist in The Fall between 1980-1, Dave Tucker is an experienced improviser, having worked regularly with improvising ensembles such as the London Improvisers' Orchestra & The School of Velocity with Evan Parker.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. SoMa
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2. Cow Hollow
4:27 $0.99
3. Amoeba cleaned me out!
4:00 $0.99
4. Tenderloin
4:43 $0.99
5. Tien I-Iou
5:10 $0.99
6. Mission Dolores
5:41 $0.99
7. Castro
6:24 $0.99
8. Laguna
5:25 $0.99
9. Nihonmachi
5:34 $0.99
10. Crooked Lombard
3:18 $0.99
11. Left Luggage
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12. Presidio
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13. Yerba
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Album Notes
Dave Tucker - Electric Guitar & Electronics
Ernesto Diaz-Infante - Amplified Acoustic Guitar
Danielle DeGruttola - Cello, Electric Cello on #11
Damon Smith - Double Bass
Scott R. Looney - Real-time Laptop processing except #11
Garth Powell - Drums, Percussion & Idiophone

"In the summer of 2001 I visited the United states for the first time. Ernesto helped me bring together the group you hear on this CD. I am very happy with the results and hope you are, too" D.T.

Produced by Dave Tucker & Ernesto Diaz-Infante for PAX Recordings
Recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by Scott R. Looney
@ 1502 Studios, Oakland, California USA August 2001
Design by Tohru Kanayama

Although he is perhaps best known for his work as a guitarist in The Fall between 1980-1 (he plays on their classic Slates 10") before becoming part of the London improv scene, Dave Tucker is an experienced improviser, having worked regularly with improvising ensembles such as the London Improvisers' Orchestra and the School of Velocity with Evan Parker. An edgy player with a sharp musical mind, Tucker mixes compelling rhythms, pointillism, atonality, electro-acoustic improvisation, and flexibility in playing techniques to explore new musical possibilities.

"It was also clear that the resourceful guitarist Tucker was as likely to slip in bluesy chord patterns, bottleneckeffects or gallumphing Munsters-rhythms as the abstract, Derek Bailey-like approach to melody he also favours." --The Guardian



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Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly

So this one is not to be missed!
The real surprise from this bunch of new Pax-releases comes from Dave Tucker...Tucker played with The Fall for a short while (1980-1981). Later he became an improvisor
and started The School of Velocity (cd 'Homework' out on Grob) in 1998. In more recent years he worked, among others, in a duo with John Butcher, in a quartet called Scatter with Phil Minton, Roger Turner and Pat Thomas, in projects with Louis Moloho or as a composer for the London Improvisers Orchestra.
In 2001 he visited the U.S. for the first time. Diaz-Infante helped him to bring together the musicians for his West Coast Ensemble. Tucker plays electric guitar, electronics and his ensemble has the following members: Ernesto Diaz-Infante (amplified acoustic guitar), Danielle DeGruttola (cello), Damon Smith (double bass), Scott R. Looney (real-time laptop processing) and Garth Powell (drums, percussion & idiophone).
Tucker may be gratefull to Diaz-Infante because this ad hoc ensemble does a very nice job, playing the compositions of Tucker. Here we have a very interesting composer and player. Very nice to hear his electric guitar with rock roots in a context of modern composed and/or improvised music, like in 'Mission Dolores'. Not that his guitar is in the centre in all 13 pieces. Far from it. In each one Tucker tries to give his ideas shape from a different angle. This implies that in one piece the drums and percussion (nice playing by Garth Powell!!) are dominant, in another his guitar or electronics are on the forefront.
All pieces are evidence of a succesfull intertwining of sounds of acoustic, electric and of electronic origin. The music is very dynamic and inventive. Slow and dark at one moment, cacaphonic and expressive at another. Tucker is very eager into exploring new musical possibilities. 'Tenderloin' has all the guts and daring...So this one is not to be missed!

Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

six artists having no will to compromise, serious improvisers...
Totally scheme-free, delivering strange unassuming aural excursions, here comes the West Coast Project: a non-idiomatic sapient sextet led by guitarist Dave Tucker, also including Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Danielle DeGruttola, Damon Smith, Scott R.Looney and Garth Powell. While mostly revolving around strings and electronics, with guitars galore in full "no-style" steamrolling, the groups weaves through a complex wallpaper of textural noise that is virtually impossible to catch and keep in mind. These musicians never look for a settlement between them, rather they tend to show their vision one another in parallel motion, making for contrastating impressions and piping hot mucosities. This kind of sour troubleshooting is also the most interesting colour of the group: six artists having no will to compromise, serious improvisers to the very bone.

Christian Carey, Splendid Magazine

Tenderloin is a focused and consistently interesting album.
On his first US outing, guitarist Dave Tucker joins Pax label mainstay Ernesto Diaz-Infante, cellist Danielle DeGruttola, bassist Damon Smith, laptop performer Scott R. Looney and drummer Garth Powell. The resulting ensemble creates free form improvisations of considerable subtlety and sonic variety.

Opener "SoMa" presents as if the ensemble is testing its boundaries. That said, it is not needlessly digressive; each new solo or piece of material that is introduced leads the music into yet another interesting pocket of activity. "Cow Hollow", which features extended techniques from cellist DeGruttola and Diaz-Infante's amplified acoustic guitar, is an appealingly spare effort.

The title track is more aggressive, leading off with repeated notes and a clatter of percussion, which is later succeeded by an idiophone solo. "Mission Dolores" is filled with string glissandi, strummed guitars and electronic effects. The sound world that the West Coast Project creates here is singular and quite attractive.

Sometimes free improvisation can seem like noodling if the performing conditions aren't right, the ensemble doesn't gel or the performers don't come up with anything interesting to "say". This is not at all the case here! Tenderloin is a focused and consistently interesting album.

Jerry Kranitz, Aural Innovations

high energy avant-rock and jazz edge. Recommended.
I'd never heard of Dave Tucker before but was interested to note on the Pax web site that he was the guitarist for The Fall during 1980-81, as well as working with the London Improvisers' Orchestra and The School of Velocity with Evan Parker. In addition to Tucker on guitar and electronics, the musicians on Tenderloin include Ernesto Diaz-Infante on acoustic guitar, Danielle DeGruttola on cello, Damon Smith on double bass, Scott R. Looney on real-time laptop processing, and Garth Powell on drums and percussion.

The CD opens with "SoMa", a combination of small ensemble orchestration, rock elements and freaky effects. The long drawn out cello lines create a somber mood, while the guitars, bass and percussion perform center ring circus acrobatics and the electronics ricochet dangerously about. The music is firmly in the avant-garde free-improv realm. But that said... this track, and others like it, really rock out. Ditto for "Amoeba Cleaned Me Out!", an intensely passionate avant-jazz and rock piece, embellished by some searing acidic guitar lines. All musicians are in high energy mode, though Powell really shines on the drums. There's an edge-of-your-seat quality on many of these tunes where the musicians transition easily between thrashing chaotic frenzy and tension laced calm. Some of my favorite moments on the album are when the cello is playing slow, heart stirring lines while the rest of the band is jamming away speedily. Yet even during the wildest jams every detail of each instruments contribution can be detected. "Mission Dolores" is a bit different, with the guitar sounding like a psychedelic Robert Fripp. Among the calmer tracks, "Laguna" is probably my favorite, being something like a spaced out avant-garde soundtrack to a 1960's William Castle horror flick. And I dig the searing noise-psych guitars mixed with a sort of Univers Zero styled chamber vibe on "Left Luggage". Overall this is a hot and varied set that will delight free-improv devotees who dig a ballsy, high energy avant-rock and jazz edge. Recommended.