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Paul Smoker & Damon Short Quintet - No Stock Options (2007) [Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Paul Smoker & Damon Short Quintet - No Stock Options (2007) [Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 10 Jun 2020, 12:25

Artist: Paul Smoker & Damon Short Quintet
Album: No Stock Options
Genre: Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz
Label: 9 Winds Records
Released: 2007
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
  1. To The Quick 12:23
  2. No Stock Options 14:58
  3. Goodbye, David 7:36
  4. Obsidian 20:22
  5. Towers 8:03
  6. Top Of The Line 5:52


  • Paul Smoker: trumpet
  • Chuck Burdelik: woodwinds
  • Ryan Shultz: bass trumpet
  • Ken Filiano: bass
  • Damon Short: drums

Each of these players is an inventive soloist in his own right, the formula clicks. Smoker dives in with his energized torrential flurries and keen sense of pace and form. Shultz is a particularly effective asset on his rarely-heard bass trumpet. With the tonal range of a trombone he is able to fly across the themes with a sharp-edged phrasing accentuated by burrs and smears. Burdelik dips in to Bop phrasing and pushes it toward freedom with lines that careen along drawing economically on the overdriven vocabulary of Free playing. He can also be quite lyrical, like his bass clarinet playing on Smoker's "Goodbye, David", a tribute to recording engineer David Baker. Filiano is one of the most underrated bass players around these days. His burly tone and propulsive drive locks in with Short's caterwauling drums to provide an infectious Free pulse. He is an inspired soloist as well. Short's limber freedom and open sense of swing is one of the defining elements of this session. The pieces range from hyper-speed intensity to the open freedom of the 20-minute "Obsidian", full of unhurried collective development and featuring a particularly plangent solo by Filiano. This document is further proof of the singular visions of the two leaders and well worth searching out. - Michael Rosenstein

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