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Burning Cloud


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    (FMP CD 077)
    Among other things, "Burning Cloud" is the best showcase for the late, great Butch Morris's cornet playing. Surrounded by swooning brass, burbling electronics, and gentle percussion, this shimmering music is simply gorgeous. Morris's brilliant playing is of a piece of the entire album: quietly intense, yearning, and lyrical. Blazing a new path, these tunes burn brightly.
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Composed by Butch Morris


released October 29, 1996

****1/2 - All Music Guide

"This three-movement "meditation" on the environment was recorded during a break in the Total Musik Meeting of 1993 in Berlin. This 53-minute work -- in three titled movements -- is played on cornet by Morris; trombone, flute, and a myriad of electronic devices by Deane; and Ninh using every kind of metallic instrument he can get his hands on. And while it's true that this music is "outside," it is only in the context that it is improvised and played outside normal time signatures and notions of rhythm, meter, and timbre. But it possesses all those things too. In this way it is inside: inside the focus of meditation and music. It is intimate, quiet, subdued, reflective, and yet full of the kind of searching that only three musical masters in search of speaking to each other can take. Even in its angriest moments, the work is hushed, contemplative, and purposefully restrained. There is lyricism at play here that the ear doesn't pick up at first; harmonics shift back and forth between the three instruments and the static electrical effects boxes Deane plays his trombone through for more "voices." By the end of the last movement, "Burning Yellow," everything fades into an invisibility symbolizing the place where birth and death intersect, both figuratively and musically. Music as we know it has been completely deconstructed, taken back, stripped from its framework and even the architecture of improvisation, undone all the way back to primordial. This work is a monument to these three musicians' total willingness to communicate with each other, led by forces they didn't even understand when they were creating this masterpiece." - Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

Butch Morris: cornet
Lê Quan Ninh: percussion
J. A. Deane: trombone, flute, electronics

Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on October 29th,1993, during the Total Music Meeting at the Podewil in Berlin.

Mixed and mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.

Booklet design/layout: Jost Gebers.
Photos: outside by Helma Schleif, inside by Dagmar Gebers.


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