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MP3 Colin Stetson - New History of Warfare, Vol. 1

Free jazz improvisation from the saxophonist for the Arcade Fire and Tom Waits.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (48:34) !
Related styles: AVANT GARDE: Structured Improvisation, AVANT GARDE: Psychedelia

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Colin Stetson was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI,
where he began to carve out his singular musical
voice that channels John Coltrane’s sheets of sounds,
as well as the post-modern beauty and angst of Sonic
Youth and The Pixies. Using assorted saxophones,
clarinet, flute and French horn, Stetson has played
and recorded with some of today’s hottest and most
revered musicians and bands, like Arcade Fire, Tom
Waits, TV On The Radio, Antibalas, Anthony Braxton,
Medeski, Martin and Wood and Burning Spear.
Studying with the likes of Roscoe Mitchell, Donald
Sinta, Steve Adams and Henry Threadgill, Stetson
earned a music degree from the University of Michigan
in 1997. More importantly, extensive gigging
with his band Transmission around Ann Arbor and
Detroit earned him a reputation for being an exemplary
improviser, composer and circular breather.
Never one to cage himself into categories, Stetson
joined forces with progressive jazz-rockers Larval,
as well as DJ Recloose, which eventually led to
Stetson’s appearance on the acclaimed Cardiology
Along with the rest of Transmission, Stetson moved
to San Francisco in 1998, befriending, playing and
recording with the likes of Fred Frith, Kenny Wollesen,
Beulah and the late Matthew Sperry. Stetson and
his Transmission brothers anchored a musical community
that garnered high praise in the Bay Area
press, and eventually led to national and international
attention when in 2002, Tom Waits recruited
Stetson to record on the landmark albums Alice and
Blood Money (which led to Stetson making an appearance
on David Letterman with Waits).
While it is true to say that Stetson makes an impression
whenever he plays, his ability to become the music
comes through best when he is the leader of a
band, or a one-man show. Since relocating to New
York City in 2004, Stetson has been able to balance
high-exposure gigs with innovative solo performances
in front of captivated audiences. According to the Village
Voice, “Stetson''s solo work ranges from firesidewarm
Hungarian folk tunes to bass squonking that jackhammers
the mind.”
In 2002, Stetson recorded a solo, limited edition 3-
inch CD release of a performance at the Artship in
Oakland, and his full-length debut as a leader came in
the summer of 2003 with the quintet recording Slow
Descent. Approaching songs as narratives, a trick he
learned from Waits, adds an emotional dynamic to
Stetson’s playing that exceeds listeners’ expectations
as to what sounds can issue forth from any of the
instruments Stetson puts to his lips. No better is this
virtuosic ability heard than on New History Warfare,
Volume 1, Stetson''s first full-length solo recording from
Aagoo Records. On this album, the vast musical experiences
that Stetson has accumulated over a short period
of time have been crafted into 12 songs that defy
genres, establishing a sound that is Colin Stetson in full

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