CCS SA 23206 Brink
Produced by C. Jared Sacks
Released on 2006
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I dreamt of bleating sheep in burning fields, of shepherds with horns in their hands who heralded the arrival of three mad wizards in chariots of sound. When I awoke I was on the brink of a strange, new place. And so I did the only thing I could: I jumped. Winged, black notes soon encircled me and carried me off to strange worlds: barren places where rocks grew out at improbable angles, Seussian nightmares, young brass battling old cello and venerable violin, carmina burana as conceived in the mind of an opiated Miles. Living in Meridian Art Ensemble’s world for extended periods might lead to madness. But a brief visit to Brink and back begets lucidity. We face our demons, see they’re only figments, a series of small black dots contrived to make a monster. In my responsibility to you, the reader, I should tell you where Brink really begins, and that’s beyond the fringes of rock into the avant-garde or (gulp) modernism. The line that runs through Stravinsky to Zappa to Zorn intersects them as interpreters. For the purposes of Progrography, imagine the horn sections of The Grand Wazoo in isolation, distilled, distorted, in contentious dispute with one another for sixty minutes. The music is drawn with remarkable clarity (moreso if your system supports the Super Audio/Surround 5.0 format) but the images are alien nonetheless. Brink contains three commissioned pieces from modern composers David Sanford, Elliott Sharp and Nick Didkovsky. Their work, forged in brass, evokes everything from Charlie Brown’s teacher on a bender to mechanical pigeons, ranges from funky to frumpy. Didkovsky and his endless anagrams say it the best: a limited number of letters (horns and drums) twisted into a weird and wonderful language. Liberating stuff, as any Brink must be, especially for we bleating heart liberals.

TRACK LISTING

    CORPUS - David Sanford

  1. ANTIPHON    0:43
  2. INTROIT    2:21
  3. SHOT    4:26
  4. KREUZ/MÄNNER    1:46
  5. DE PROFUNDIS    3:39
  6. SERMON    5:53

  7. BEYOND THE CURVE - Elliott Sharp    13:39

    SLIM IN BEATEN DREAMERS - Nick Didkovsky

  8. STEAMIER SINNER BLAMED    0:39
  9. AN IDLE SAINT REMEMBERS    1:18
  10. TERRIBLE AS MEAN DENIMS    0:49
  11. MEANIE MASTER BLINDERS    1:37
  12. BEASTLIER MADMEN RISEN    2:37
  13. MERE BRAINS IS LAMENTED    0:24
  14. MISERABLE SINNER MATED    2:04
  15. DENSER MEALTIME BRAINS    1:12
  16. LAST INANE DISMEMBERER    0:30
  17. REMEDIAL, EMINENT BRASS    0:26
  18. MANLIEST BASE REMINDER    0:23
  19. ABLE, SANER DETERMINISM    3:47
  20. A MEAN, DIM TERRIBLENESS    1:10
  21. STEAMIER LIMB ENSNARED    2:49
  22. MERRIEST, BLAMED, INSANE    0:58

CREDITS

JOHN FERRARI -- drums
DANIEL GRABOIS -- horn
BENJAMIN HERRINGTON -- trombone, on site sound processing
BRIAN McWHORTER -- trumpet, on site sound processing
JON NELSON -- trumpet
RAYMOND STEWART -- tuba, on site sound processing
Elliott Sharp -- post production sound processing
C. Jared Sacks -- engineer, editing
Michael Lavine -- cover photo
Ad van der Kouwe -- cover design

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