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Sound on Survival Live

by Lisle Ellis, Marco Eneidi, Peter Valsamis

Extraordinarily bold improvised music. Called a combination of high intensity and utter relaxation.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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Sound on Survival Biographies

Marco Eneidi:

At the forefront of creative jazz for more than twenty years, Marco Eneidi's horn playing has been described as fierce and uncompromising, yet natural. Rooted in the language of major influence Jimmy Lyons, his style is marked by a sophisticated approach to tonality and phrasing, shifting from silence to full-tilt din and back again. His compositions invent challenging variations on the jazz canon (blues, swing, bop), while moving far beyond traditional limits.
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Lisle Ellis:

Lisle Ellis' work as a bassist over the past thirty years has placed him at the front of legendary contemporary improvising musicians. Ellis' numerous recordings for international labels such as Black Saint, DIW, and hat Art attests to the strength of his art. He has played in a multitude of world wide performances with leading individuals including Peter Brotzmann, Marilyn Crispell, Dave Douglas, and Myra Melford, as well as a member of visionary groups such as The Cecil Taylor Unit, the Paul Bley Trio, and the Glenn Spearman Double Trio. His unique expression, which critic Ben Watson described as "funky and free sensuality", can be heard on Ellis' current projects: What We Live -- with Lawrence Ochs and Donald Robinson -- Sound On Survival -- with Marco Eneidi and Peter Valsamis; REV -- with Robinson and Swedish saxophonist Biggi Vinkeloe; Duos with pianists Paul Plimley and Mike Wofford.
Another aspect to Ellis' recent work that is gaining more and more attention are his explorations of computer music, including his electronic performances with George Lewis, Joelle Leandre, Gerry Hemingway and Pamela Z. and Haco. Ellis currently lives in New York City.
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Peter Valsamis:

Born in Montreal, Valsamis began playing the piano at the age of six, but soon moved to the drums. Concurrently, he developed a sensitivity to sound that drew him to record and manipulate sound on tape. Now based in Oakland, California, Valsamis continues to nurture a wide range of interests. As a drummer, he has performed in Europe, Asia, and North America, performing with Malcolm Goldstein, Steve Lacy, and Don Preston. He has been Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and has recent CD releases with pianist Dana Reason and Trance Mission. Valsamis' electro-acoustic compositions include a full-length soundtrack for the award winning experimental film re: Cycle by Ken Doolittle. Valsamis received his MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College. While at Mills, he studied with Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, William Winant, and Leo Smith. Valsamis received the prestigious Hellman Scholarship in Performance.
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I give this one a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as the "PICK" of this issue f
Lisle Ellis/Marco Eneidi/Peter Valsamis - SOUND ON SURVIVAL LIVE- : A brand-new label (Henceforth Records) sent us this splendid CD... Ellis on bass, Eneidi doing alto sax & Valsamis on drums. It was recorded during their US tour (last year), & is an exemplary illustration of the fact that great improvised jazz isn't dead at all... in fact, the playing on here will remind you that there are always new horizons (sonically or elsewise) that need to be explored. Yes, it's true that some of the rhythmic roads they travel have been trod before, but they make their sonic signatures so unique that you'll feel like you are just arriving at the "edge" (again). One of the things that stands out (for this listener, anyway) is that their sound/performance sorta' invades your brain, right down to the nuclei! You'll find yourself remembering snatches of their explorations days (or more) later... & that is what sets one group apart from another. Ellis' bass is sort of a "leader" in each of the pieces, but all 3 players understand the dynamic they're using, & don't step all over each other (in any way, shape or fashion). This is some of the most fresh & original improv jazz I've heard in (quite) a while, & I get an image of hearing these folks for many years to come! Some GREAT high-energy music that adventuresome souls everywhere will find totally enchanting. I give this one a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as the "PICK" of this issue for "best improvised jazz"!