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Recorded and mastered at Sugarhill Studios in Houston Texas on April 1st, 2016
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Friday, April 1, 2016
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Jonathan Chan
  • 1. In The Beginning (08:06)
  • 2. Land, Sand, Water (09:56)
  • 3. Storms Pt 1 (06:05)
  • 4. Storms Pt 2 (03:58)
  • 5. The Gentle Breeze (01:56)
  • 6. The Wind (13:52)
  • 7. The Shore (08:03)
  • 8. The Hurricane And The Calm (04:21)
  • 9. After Effects (06:07)
  • 10. The Cleanup (02:55)

Danny Kamins-baritone saxophone
Damon Smith-double bass
Alvin Fielder-drums, percussion
Joe Hertenstein-drums, percussion

This disc was recorded in a studio in Houston, Texas, where Mr. Kamins lives and where Mr. Smith used to live before moving to Boston more recently. Over the past few years, Damon Smith has been working with legendary drummer Alvin Fielder in a duo and a recent trio with Joe McPhee (on Not Two). Mr. Fielder is a founding member of the AACM while living in Chicago in the sixties, moved back to Mississippi in 1968 and has been involved int music scene in New Orleans and is Houston where he once went to college. I am not sure how German-born drummer Joe Hertenstein fits in this line-up, but I do know that he has been a part of the Downtown Scene for several years paying with a number of key musicians: Jon Irabagon, Thomas Heberer and Mikko Innanen. Alvin Fielder and Damon Smith sound like they are connected, swirling tightly together, expanding and contracting as one force of nature. Mr. Hertenstein is a good listener and work well spinning his lines around Mr. Fielder, neither getting in each others way, often sounding like one drummer and not two. Mr. Kamins often plays quietly and with immense restraint, slowly burning from underneath. He sounds wonderful on bari sax, often soaring without screaming or erupting too much like John Surman in the early days. Damon Smith is one of the best acoustic bassists around and is often at the center of this band, providing the spirit/glue that holds things together. He has an immense, powerful sound whether bowing hard or erupting torrents of plucked notes on his mighty contrabass. There is section here where the bari sax is growling while Smith bows and bends those notes inside out, the drums marching in the distance. It sound like a monster movie soundtrack, warning that we are in some danger with some scary ghosts erupting and spewing their volcanic lava all over. Prepare for the worst. This is one of the best free/jazz quartet disc to come along in quite a while. Don’t miss it! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG - 8/9/2017