by Badland

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Trio improvisations, plus tunes by Ornette Coleman & Duke Ellington (!)

---------- press quotes ----------

"Put this alongside the most important trios in the jazz and improvised saxophone tradition." Francesco Martinelli IMPROJAZZ

"It is the sheer range of this album that marks it out, from full throttle blowing through quiet lyricism to abstract soundscapes." Gus Garside RUBBERNECK

"Messrs. Sanders, Fell and Rose comprise a free-improvising Jazz trio as forceful as anyone's liable to come across." Chris Kelsey CADENCE

"The musicians take care to construct free improvisations that are multilayered and rich with nuance. Realised with a spiritual intensity that could liquefy steel, it destroys every one of commercial music's delusions." Hannes Schweiger JAZZ LIVE

"Badland can engage in delicate spontaneous interplay or volcanic eruption, often both in the course of one short piece." John Corbett DOWN BEAT

"Vivid free-bop from a highly accomplished trio who venture gamely out into new and lawless territory. It's a record that repays close and repeated attention; it brings new ideas and a freshness of diction to this challenging idiom." THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO JAZZ ON CD

"Saxophonist Simon Rose starts out sounding like the spitting image of Ornette on the latter's tune Sadness, but it's not long into the record that he begins to carve out his own niche. His tone never loses that Ornetteish moan, but his long, scarcely articulated lines mimic no one. His blues accent is slight, but his almost classical sense of dynamic and timbral contrast is most effective. He's a most committed and passionate soloist, besides. Sanders is a swift, empathic percussionist. Hard-driving and ever-cognizant of volume and texture, his contribution is profound. Fell is a marvelous bassist, capable of swinging at the fastest tempos, while maintaining a deep tone and clear articulation. As fast as he may go up and down the neck of his instrument (and he's got chops, believe it), he almost never plays an ambiguous note. The three gentleman obviously share a rapport. The music is good natured but intense, abstract yet invariably swinging. It covers all the bases, from caterwauling free improvs to pointillist takes on tradition. Rose, Fell, and Sanders tattoo their own mark on a tried and true format, and in the process reaffirm its vitality." Chris Kelsey ALL MUSIC GUIDE


released May 10, 1996

Simon Rose: soprano sax, alto sax
Simon H. Fell: double bass
Mark Sanders: drums

1995 (54 mins.) in jewel box
© Bruce's Fingers 1995

full track listing:
1. Sadness [05:59]
2. Hyena's Finger [06:07]
3. Subsong [05:37]
4. The Hatching Muscle [07:33]
5. Come Sunday [07:44]
6. Blue Tern [10:04]
7. Scuttle Dance [09:02]
8. Sadness [02:45]



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Badland were formed in 1994. The group's initial activity centred around free jazz and the reinterpretation of elements of the modern jazz repertoire. During 15 years or so the group's music has moved away from more specific free jazz references to incorporate elements of abstraction not normally associated with this genre.
[photo: Johny Bates]
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