November 7th, 2010
Jack Wright, saxophones, Wilson Shook, alto saxophone, Mark Collins, bass, John Teske, bass, Gust Burns, piano, Doug Theriault, electronics
“In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king,” according to the Washington Post. For more than twenty-five years, Wright has toured practically non-stop and rightfully claims that he has played in virtually every venue available to experimental improvised music in the United States, and many in Europe as well. Wright mostly plays alto and soprano saxophones, but he is a pianist as well. To date, he has made over 40 recordings (many published on his own Spring Garden label), performed in over 20 countries, and written extensively about music and society for journals such as Improjazz (France) and Signal to Noise (US).
Over the years, Wright has focused most of his public performances on collaborative exchanges with artists like William Parker, Bob Marsh, Nate Wooley, Bhob Rainey and Andrew Drury, just to name a very few. For this year’s Earshot Jazz Festival, he presents two shows in collaboration with his preferred collaborator in the Northwest, Seattle’s own Gust Burns, a pianist, improviser, and composer who seeks new routes into improvisation by working with diverse areas of music such as silence, density, structure and alternative narrative approaches.
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