Ryan Blotnick - Everything Forgets (CD)

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NY guitarist's 2nd release features moody compositions, deep improvising and responsive group interaction.

This young NY guitarist's second release builds on his acclaimed debut with atmospheric, moody compositions, deep improvising and responsive group interaction. Two combos, a lighter, groovier trio (Perry Wortman and Joe Smith) and an edgier, freer, more electric quartet (Joachim Badenhorst, Simon Jermyn and Jeff Williams) alternate in Blotnick's distinctive 'post-jazz' approach, integrating rhythms, harmonies and formal structures from rock, classical and world music and evoking a range of feelings with grace and humanity. Blotnick has a real gift for affecting melodies that cross the usual stylistic boundaries, and the alternation of groups sets up a series of contrasts and complementarities that make this a more provocatively organized and musically/emotionally diverse record than Music Needs You. Blotnick explains:

'The process of selecting the best takes, editing and mixing them, and weaving them together to tell a story was an experience not unlike what the brain does as we form memories. Moments in time can't be repeated in real life; but the ability of music to recreate thoughts, emotions and the feeling of movement through time is truly astounding...When the melody is restated after the solos it takes on a new meaning based on what's been established in the improvised section. This push-and-pull of statement, abstraction (or forgetting), and restatement gives us the sensation of movement in music. It's the feeling of being brought to a different emotional state, like at the end of a book or movie. But I think this kind of movement is closely related to physical movement and vibration. Music is one of the most subtle types of movement that we can pick up on, and it can be used to evoke other kinds of movement in the brain and in the body. I think good music engages all the different chakras, or energy levels in the body.'

Track Listing

    • Intro
    • Mansell
    • Judge's Cave
    • Mainstream I
    • My Memory, Sir, Is Like a Garbage Heap
    • Ballad For a Crumbling Infrastructure
    • Dark Matter (for Benoît Delbecq)
    • Slowdozer
    • Look, a Way!
    • Mainstream II
    • Sulphur, the Reins
    • Funes the Memorious
    • Business Class
    • Cloud Stove
    • Ned Ferm
    • Sonny Song

    Additional Details

    Label: Songlines

    Genre: Jazz

    Run Time: 60 mins

    Release Date: 09/08/09

    UPC: 774355158128

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