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GORD GRDINA TRIO w/ MATS GUSTAFSSON - BARREL FIRE


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Gord Grdina Trio w/ Mats Gustafsson
Barrel Fire

1. F.W.R. (mp3 streaming)

2. Burning Bright
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4. Enshakoota
5. Barrel Fire






 

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Barrel Fire is The Gordon Grdina Trios' most brutally driving, raw, dynamic record to date.  The collaboration between GG3 and Mats Gustafsson at the 2009 Vancouver International Jazz Festival was recorded and Barrel Fire is the first set from that night. There are few edits in order to retain the natural raw power of the original concert. The band expands and explodes through the melodic sketches with inherent  interest in the raw dynamic energy of group improvisation. The group sounds at times like a freight train screaming down the tracks in the dark recesses of your city but as the Oud takes the fore ground we are reminded of the sensitive and delicate reflection in this darkness. There are moments of silence and individual exploration filled with the intensity of the search. The search to let go to what will become. The band owes as much of a debt to the energy of bands like The EX, and The Dead Kennedys as it does to the primal melodic sensibility of Albert Ayler and the sophistication of Ornette Coleman.  This music is engaging and gripping, an onslaught. 

The Gord Grdina Trio is based out of Vancouver, BC and has been a working touring ensemble since 2005.  The Trio consists of Gord Grdina (guitar, oud), Kenton Loewen (drums) and Tommy Babin (bass). They have collaborated with many of the world’s top improviser’s such as Fredrik Ljungkvist, Eric Boeren, Wilbert De Joode, Michael Moore, Jerry Granelli, Michael Blake, Jeb Bishop, Kent Kessler, Mark Helias, Ingebrigt Haker- Flaten and Fred Longberg-Holm.  They have toured throughout North America and Europe regularly since 2005.

Gordon Grdina is a guitar/oud player that is constantly reinventing himself while retaining an individual voice. Aside from the GG3 he leads  the East Van Strings, Haram, and Sangha. He also records and performs regularly with Dan Mangan and The Crackling.
 
Kenton Loewen has been a seminal member of the Vancouver improvising and rock communities performing in such wide ranging groups as the anarchist punk band Submission Hold, art pop group Mother Mother, The Now Orchestra, Tanya Tagaq, and the Coat Cooke Trio. He is currently with Dan Mangan and is the leader/songwriter for The Crackling.
 
Tommy Babin started his career in Montreal playing with Jorane, Thomas Hellman, and Les Projectionnistes before moving to Vancouver in 2005.  He has played with great jazz and world musicians like Daniele D’Agaro, Hamid Drake, Joel Miller, Ramachandra Borcar, and Paul Plimley.  He currently leads Benzene, and Sendero Luminoso.
 
Mats Gustafson was born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden. He is a saxplayer, improviser and composer. Mats works as a solo artist and tours internationally with Peter Brötzmann, Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi and in working groups The Thing, Sonore, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Nash Kontroll. Mats is a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet and the NU – ensemble. Mats has done over 1600 concerts and has appeared on at least 150 records in Europe, North America and Asia.

Press:

"...this is a stunner." - The Province

"There is so much power behind the drum hits, so much pent-up frustration in the guitar entanglements and as usual, Gustafsson makes the sax sound like a rabid beast rather than a musical instrument. Seek this recording out." - Beat Route

"Grdina's guitar and oud playing acts as a good foil to Gustafsson, with Babin and drummer Kenton Loewen supplying just the high-octane rhythm section required. Thrilling stuff." - All About Jazz

"After its initial impact, relentless fury soon becomes one-dimensional, but Grdina and his rhythm section leaven Gustafsson's bluster and he responds, making this music for repeated listening as well as catharsis." - The Wire

"Fast-paced heads, smoking improvisations, and a high level of interaction between everyone." - Monsieur Délire

"...the resulting sound is as violent as the cover art." - Pop Matters

"Free, yet focused, intense and over-the-top, this is one of heaviest discs I've recently reckoned with." - Bruce Lee Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery)

"Egged on by a worshipful audience, the band rips through five pieces like a rabid dog on the attack, the musicians' sound at times reminiscent of Naked City in intensity and of Ornette Coleman's (original) Prime Time in harmolodic approach." - Textura

"...from acid-toned string-tickling skitter to boring-down relentlessness..." - Paris Transatlantic Magazine

"There is freshness and vitality to the performance, tight ensemble playing, power, subtlety - what's not to like?" - Hour

"It’s stirring stuff, and the band’s ability to infuse jazz with this sort of manic skronk is not something I’ve encountered much beyond bands like Ultralyd, Universal Congress of, or John Zorn during his Naked City and Painkiller era." - Foxy Digitalis

Album Review: All About Jazz
Album Review: Pop Matters
Album Review: Foxy Digitalis

Album Review: Paris Transatlantic Magazine

Album Review: Hour

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Album Review: Montreal Mirror (Scroll Down!)
Album Review: Jazz Word
Feature: The Province

Album Review: Textura
Album Review: Beat Route
Article: Top Ten of 2010 / The Province

Album Review: Monsieur Délire
Album Review: Downtown Music Gallery


Links:

gordgrdina.com
matsgustafsson.com





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