spun tree

Michaël Attias: alto saxophone, Ralph Alessi: trumpet, Matt Mitchell: piano, Sean Conly: bass, Tom Rainey: drums

Doubly rooted in his past collaborations with visionary masters Anthony Braxton and the late great Paul Motian, Spun Tree is Attias' first studio recording since 2004 and also his first to explore the sonority of the classic alto/trumpet frontline. If the music on his two previous Clean Feed releases (Renku in Coimbra and Twines of Colesion) was about finding compositional shape through collective improvisation, this new album reverses the balance and returns to the more epic forms of Credo, his first. In a journey from negative clarity to a negation of negation which equals joy, the eight new compositions – four large-scale multi-panel pieces and four "simpler" ones – balance size and density with enough air, intuition, rhythmic agility and interplay to keep all the branches of this tree spinning and dancing in the sunlight."

audio: Ghost Practice (from Spun Tree, Clean Feed 2012)