Jeb Bishop

98 Duets

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Wobby Rail's fourth release is a series of improvised duets between trombonist Jeb Bishop and musicians from the outer fringes of jazz, including percussionist Hamid Drake and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Recorded in Chicago in early 1998, the album opens with the skittish interplay of Bishop and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm. This duo's next piece comes five tracks later with longer, drawn out enunciations, although the music still remains abstract. In fact, almost all of the free improvisations heard here remain outside enough to make 98 Duets no record for listeners who require a groove nor for newcomers to modern improvised music. Instead, this 1998 release is one for fans who already know the kind of listening they're getting into.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
5:50
2
6:40
3
4:20
4
5:01
5
4:51
6
5:16
7
4:05
8
6:00
9
4:49
10
9:02
11
feat: Hamid Drake
13:18
12
1:55
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