David Slusser | Rubber City

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Rubber City

by David Slusser

Plucky modern jazz with film noir overtones and sly humor.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Twilight Erie
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2. Beautiful Ohio
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3. Blues for Lucifer
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4. Eight Miles High
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5. Howard Street
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6. Migrants
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7. Ornette-thology
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8. Steve's Shorts
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Album Notes
David Slusser - leader, composer, saxophones

David Slusser was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952. He began playing tenor saxophone at age 10, around the same time he started experimenting with reel to reel tape recorders. Getting his first film sound job in 1975, he continued his career with a move to the San Francisco Bay area in 1977, where he joined Lucasfilm in 1984, and received an Emmy award for sound editing in 1993. He has worked often as a music editor for directors Francis Coppola, George Lucas and David Lynch, with whom he has co-composed music for his films.

On his own he has composed for documentaries and public radio, as well as his jazz group Rubber City. His sound design is in the collections of both the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, though far more people have heard it in some of the more imaginative commercials on television. He began an ongoing association with composer
John Zorn in the mid eighties that has led to national and international exposure, including the 1996 Saafelden Jazz Festival in Austria, where he performed with Mike Patton and Han Bennink.

Slusser received two prizes in the 1999 Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, including first Prize for jazz orchestra. He has worked at Pixar Animation studios since the late nineties.

Ralph Carney - saxophones
Ralph Carney was born in Akron, Ohio in 1956. He's been a sideman of choice for everyone from Tom Waits to the B-52s; from Courtney Love and Jonathan Richman to Lavay Smith and the Blue Room Boys. His longtime association with Waits speaks volumes, and is on volumes of recordings, showcasing his amazing musicianship.

Ralph has produced two CDs of his own unique music, where he plays all the parts on a vast array of instruments he has collected. In the summer of 2001, Ralph was selected to participate in the Sundance Film Composers Lab. Heard most recently with Oranj Symphonette and Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Ralph is currently working on soundtracks for television and internet animation.

Chris Ackerman - Drums
Chris has been playing professionally for almost 40 years. He's accomplished in a wide variety of styles, including rock, blues, swing, be-bop, dixieland, and country, but his favorite idiom is free collective improvisation. He has performed on radio, television, and film.

Originally from Ohio, he has lived in the bay area since 1977 and has performed with such local artists as: Mal Sharpe, Ralph Carney, David Slusser, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Henry Kaiser, Miles Boysen, Benny Green, Len Paterson, Vince Wallace, Mark Little, and Jessica Williams. His playing is featured in the soundtrack of David Lynch's "Wild at Heart" and "Fire Walk With Me", as well as
John Zorn's tribute to Dave Brubeck, "In His Own Sweet Way".

Richard Saunders - Bass
Currently on the faculty at the SF Community Music Center, Richard started on washtub bass 35 years ago and has progressed through all electric and acoustic versions of his ax to his distinguished position in Bay Area music. Along the way he has played with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Jessica Williams, Dan Hicks, Country Joe & the Fish, The Pickle Family Circus, SF Mime Troupe, and the SF Klezmer Experience as well as playing sessions in radio, TV and film.



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Mark Corroto - All About Jazz

"fashionably quirky...burns up his soprano saxophone"
Ohio expatriates David Slusser and Ralph Carney pay tribute to their rust belt beginnings on the Akron-inspired Rubber City. Slusser recorded these live quartet performances in the San Francisco Bay Area, with guests dropping in to add flavorful touches. Slusser, Carney, and drummer Chris Ackerman all barely escaped Ohio without gross disfigurements from industrial accidents to make music on the West Coast. Rounding out Slusser’s quartet is bassist Bill Fairbanks,
who is not from Ohio, but once received a death-threat telegram from Youngstown.

Slusser has worked in film and music editing with the likes of Lucasfilm, David Lynch, and Francis Coppola. His previous recording Delight At The End Of The Tunnel (Tzadik), is a sound sculpture soundtrack. Here Slusser and Carney play fashionably quirky theatre music. For Carney, a veteran of Tom Waits’ bands, this is familiar territory. The disc opens with "Twilight Erie" a Charles Mingus meets the hard-boiled detective soundtrack blues piece. Slusser lets you know you are in for highly stylized music. Their take on the traditional "Beautiful Ohio" (don’t worry if you aren’t from Ohio, you’ve never heard it) is straight out of the John Kirby/Raymond Scott cartoon-music-is-serious-music school with its time and style changes to hunt wabbits with.
The band (and listener) is interested in a good time here. While honoring Steve Lacy with "Steve’s Shorts (Lacy Under Things)" the musicians take time ala ICP Orchestra to bark like dogs. Splatter Trio guitarist Myles Boisen joins the quartet for "Ornette-thology." Together they shape a convincing brand of harmolodics with an impressive saxophone run by Slusser. The highlight of the disc may be their take on The Byrds "Eight Miles High." Slusser bridges the rock classic with the music of John Coltrane, quoting from "India" as he burns up his soprano saxophone.

~ Mark Corroto