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For Living Lovers - Revealing Essence (2014) FLAC

There are philosophic and physical depths to consider when dealing with sound and language in music. There are the timbral dimensions of instruments, the unique touch and voice of the performer, and the dialogue between two or more musicians created during performance. Guitarist/composer Brandon Ross and bassist Stomu Takeishis duo - For Living Lovers - has invested time and energy in developing its own system to generate natural sound environments and communication, finally documented on their new recording Revealing Essence.

For Living Lovers - Revealing Essence (2014) FLAC
Jazz | Sunnyside Communicat
Lossless | FLAC | unmixed | 2014 | 47:29 | 189 Mb

1. Chant
2. NIght Plans
3. Iago Whispered
4. Danses de Travers I
5. Danses de Travers II
6. Lotus Blossom
7. Meadows
8. Saturation
9. Thanks (For J-R)

Brandon Ross has long established himself as a leading light in the world of guitar. He figured as an important element in projects led by Cassandra Wilson, Leroy Jenkins, Lawrence Butch Morris, and Henry Threadgill. Ross has also led his own projects and the collaborative ensemble, Harriet Tubman, featuring bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer JT Lewis.

It was during the process of creating a new ensemble for the iconoclastic composer/woodwind player Henry Threadgill that Ross met the Japanese born bassist Stomu Takeishi. After returning from a trip to India with Threadgill in the mid-1990s, Ross heard Takeishi in a performance in an all string ensemble with cellist Michelle Kinney and violist Jason Hwang. The bassists musical choices struck Ross and he introduced himself.

Takeishi was already performing with a diverse cast of musical polyglots, including Dave Tronzo, trumpeter Cuong Vu, and with Paul Motians Electric BeBop Band. Though he was unfamiliar with Threadgill, Ross invited Takeishi to audition for what would become Threadgills Make a Move ensemble, which also featured drummer JT Lewis and accordionist Tony Cedras.

It was during the four to five years they spent together learning Threadgills singular musical language that the duo realized they had highly sympathetic musical sensibilities. In 2000, Ross and Takeishi debuted as a duo, now called For Living Lovers.

Incredibly, it was Rosss visual arts connections that were key in making Revealing Essence possible. Photographer (and guitar aficionado) Ralph Gibson, a guitar student and champion of Rosss music, proposed a series of collaborations of photography and music they might undertake. He provided the wonderful images and portrait of Ross and Takeishi in the album art. During a chance discussion of music, art, and life at a gallery opening, the celebrated painter Eric Fischl offered Ross his services as executive producer for a new recording, thus catalyzing the beginning of the project that would become Revealing Essence.

Revealing Essence provides a glimpse into the duos special rapport. Their particular language evolved, in part, out of Threadgills intervallic approach to improvisation and composition, a complex chromatic system that while behaviorally strict, sounds deceptively open and natural. Their style coalesced into a kind of pan-ethnic quality, a genre-less blend of chordophonic folk elements with a focus on improvisation. Beyond being naturally attuned to each others musical approach, both Ross and Takeishi play instruments designed and crafted by the same master luthier, Steve Klein.

The duos choice to record all acoustic stringed instruments illustrates perfectly their focus on a resonant, natural collective sound. The compositions are written or arranged for the specific acoustic ranges of Rosss instruments. Depending on the sonic or compositional weight, Ross balances between acoustic guitar, soprano guitar, and banjo alongside Takeishis acoustic bass guitar. The album, in this case, winds up being a collection of slow, reflective pieces.

The recording begins with Rosss Chant, a pensive, spare composition featuring interplay between Rosss acoustic guitar and Takeishis acoustic bass guitar. The obscure Ornette Coleman composition Night Plans follows with Rosss soprano guitar taking a lyre-inspired lead on the evocative piece. Iago Whispered is a speculative reverie, a sound poem written as Othellos nostalgic recollection of an un-described home. Erik Saties Danses De Travers I & II receive unique, even-toned arrangements by the duo; the composers solo piano music was a fascination of Rosss for an extended period of time.

Rosss Lotus Blossom is a narrative composition, featuring banjo inflections that suggest Asian or African instruments and a melody that recurs along a kaleidoscopic harmonic underpinning. The title and melodic material are taken from elements of a score Ross was commissioned to compose for a 1923 Chinese silent film of the same name. Beginning as a spontaneous improvisation, Meadows was expanded and developed into a full piece. Saturation is based on a single melodic line, which repeats through three different harmonic settings/sections. Lastly, Thanks (For J-R) is written for a Mystical Traveler and begins at the end of the beginning and is deconstructed through the form, which never fully resolves.

The duo For Living Lovers was established by two musicians who found commonalities in style, practice, and musical language. Brandon Ross and Stomu Takeishi have now recorded Revealing Essence, an album showcasing their almost telepathic abilities of interaction through music.

Revealing Essence (ft. Brandon Ross & Stomu Takeishi) by For Living Lovers

For Living Lovers - Revealing Essence (2014) FLAC

For Living Lovers - Revealing Essence (2014) FLAC
For Living Lovers - Revealing Essence (2014) FLAC
For Living Lovers - Revealing Essence (2014) FLAC
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