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A live album from Roscoe Mitchell and his exceptional Note Factory band, Far Side features bracingly adventurous music from a performance at the Burghausen Jazz Festival in southern Germany in 2007. The Note Factory offers an uncompromising exploration of the levels and degrees of sound inside Roscoe Mitchell’s panoptic compositions, and the constantly-changing music harnesses great ... Read more in Amazon's Roscoe Mitchell Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0038QGXHM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Far Side / Cards / Far SideRoscoe Mitchell, The Note Factory30:56Album Only
Listen  2. Quintet 2007 A For EightRoscoe Mitchell, The Note Factory 9:56Album Only
Listen  3. Trio Four For EightRoscoe Mitchell, The Note Factory12:37Album Only
Listen  4. Ex Flover FiveRoscoe Mitchell, The Note Factory12:24Album Only

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Bracingly adventurous music from saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and his Note Factory band recorded live at the Burghausen Jazz Festival, at the climax of a 2007 tour, and released shortly after Mitchell's 70th birthday. Challenging notions of festival jazz, the group offers an uncompromising exploration of levels and degrees of sound, with intensity, focus, and thrilling interplay.

Roscoe Mitchell, born in Chicago in 1940, is one of the great innovators in creative music of the post-Coltrane, post-Ayler era. He founded the Art Ensemble of Chicago (originally the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble), whose ECM legacy includes the widely applauded albums 'Nice Guys', 'Full Force', 'Urban Bushmen' and 'Tribute To Lester. More recently Mitchell has co-led the Transatlantic Art Ensemble with fellow saxophonist Evan Parker.

'Far Side' is the second ECM disc from Mitchell's Note Factory ensemble. Roscoe described the first, 1999's 'Nine to Get Ready' as "the coming together of a dream I had many years ago of putting together an ensemble of improvising musicians with an orchestral range." The dream has continued as Mitchell has continued to blur the demarcation between composition and improvisation.

The current Note Factory includes two very exceptional piano players in Craig Taborn and Vijay Iyer. Taborn can currently be heard on Michael Formanek's hot ECM album 'The Rub & Spare Change' while multi-award winner Iyer appears on ECM for the first time.

Personnel: Roscoe Mitchell (saxophones, flutes), Corey Wilkes (trumpet, flugelhorn), Craig Taborn, Vijay Iyer (pianos), Jaribu Shahid (double-bass), Harrison Bankhead (double-bass, cello), Tani Tabbal, Vincent Davis (drums)

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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Finbar the looney on 11 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one to be very carefull of,this is truly progressive music,in the jazz sense,it rock in an avant garde way,it is extreme music but well worth the effort.
Five long tracks make this an interesting buy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Roscoe travels to the far side... 7 Feb. 2011
By Autonomeus - Published on
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Roscoe Mitchell, indefatigable avant composer and saxophonist, here leads an octet, his Note Factory, in a live set recorded March 17, 2007 at the Burghausen Jazz Festival in Germany. This is the first Note Factory recording for ECM since NINE TO GET READY with nonet in 1999. Mitchell's long-time collaborators from Detroit, Tani Tabbal on drums and Jaribu Shahid on bass, as well as pianist Craig Taborn, are the only musicians that play on both recordings along with Roscoe. This time around, they are joined by Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Vijay Iyer on piano, Harrison Bankhead on bass, and Vincent Davis on drums. (Missing from the earlier session are George Lewis on trombone, Hugh Ragin on trumpet, Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums.) The instrumentation is very distinctive: two drums, two basses, two pianos, trumpet and sax.

FAR SIDE is more abstract than NINE TO GET READY. It has less continuity with the jazz tradition, and more similarities to the Second Vienna School and European contemporary classical music. The opener, "Far Side/Cards/Far Side" is a 31-minute long improvisation in three sections -- slow and soft, medium-tempo, and up-tempo, featuring a circular breathing solo from Mitchell. While the structure is somewhat mechanical, the music is fascinating if one locks into the forward momentum and allows oneself to be carried along in the moment. It is an example of process music, pioneered by Mitchell and his Art Ensemble in Chicago in the 1960s (see SOUND), as well as by AMM and others in the British free improv school including Evan Parker and Derek Bailey.

The remaining three pieces, "Quintet 2007 A For Eight" (9'56), "Trio Four For Eight" (12'37), and "Ex Flover Five" (12'24) feature varying smaller combinations out of the octet. Here we have compositions with improvisation, and music that can be austere and forbidding. There are some exciting solos from the pianists and from Mitchell, especially in "Ex Flover Five," but these pieces have more in common structurally with Mitchell's 2007 COMPOSITION/IMPROVISATION NOs. 1, 2, & 3 than with much free jazz.

Where this band and this recording come out ahead of that disc with the Transatlantic Art Ensemble is in its sound and energy. These are musicians that understand one another, and Roscoe's vision. The recording quality is crisp and clean.

While not his finest hour, this is a fine and welcome contribution to Roscoe Mitchell's discography -- happy 70th birthday, Roscoe!
5 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Painful listening 26 Feb. 2011
By Singslinger - Published on
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Anyone looking at this album's lineup would be impressed - I was, so I bought it. Boy, was it a mistake. The previous reviewer hinted at this being "abstract'' jazz but in my view, that's just an euphemism for a bunch of guys gathering in a studio or stage with no plan, no structure and no idea what they're going to play. Sometimes I'll admit that such jams yield musical outcomes - but not in this case.

If you think music is about the occasional toot or tweet mixed in with grunts and long silences, or if you find it an intellectual exercise to try and figure out what these clowns are doing, then by all means buy this CD. I only wish Amazon has a returns policy - I'd send this back in a heartbeat.
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