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July 11, 2017

now available…MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “the limits of the possible” (KSE #375)

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MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits of the Possible”

(KSE #375, CDR album)

$8 postpaid in the USA  (see below for foreign pricing and ordering instructions)

MASSIMO DUO 2017 COVER

Happy to welcome back saxophonist/composer/theorist-of-improvisation strategies MASSIMO MAGEE for his 6th album for KSE (he also appeared on both the 10th and the 11th KSE Anniversary compilations!), “THE LIMITS OF THE POSSIBLE,” where he is working in a duo with his fellow member of the Eddie Prevost workshop, guitarist JAMES L. MALONE. Magee’s KSE albums always generate a number of text messages and e-mails from listeners, starting with Brad Kohler’s text message a few days after he rec’d his copy of Magee’s 2011 Direct To Tape: “sign this man to a long-term contract, immediately!”

Magee approaches improvisation with the intellectual rigor of a scientist or a philosophy major, setting up situations and parameters and variables and then jumping into the deep end of the pool and losing all inhibitions, all the while totally aware of the specifics of the experiment. (Those wanting to explore improvisation further with Magee can check out his 26-cd set, available free as a download and with a fascinating 87-page book accompanying it, called COLLECTED SOLOS, a series of experiments with different approaches to improvisation as a discipline and as an artistic foundation on which one can build in unlimited directions…..it’s available at http://arraymusic.wordpress.com/ar15-collected-solos ).

Let’s let Magee himself discuss his newest album:

The Limits of the Possible

James L Malone – Electric Guitar

Massimo Magee – Alto and Sopranino Saxophones (electro-acoustic and otherwise)

Trial 1 – 29:48       Trial 3 – 20:53

“The music arises from a point of view that improvisation works best, from a political perspective, as an exemplar. As a necessarily niche activity with folk tendencies, it’s never going to be the site of any concrete revolutionary action but it can be (is, when done right) a symbol or small-scale demonstration of a non-hierarchical, egalitarian situation which accommodates the tensions between individual flourishing and group interdependence. But within that concept of individual flourishing lies its non-political importance: the ability of the individual player to continually interrogate their material to find new possibilities within it, continually testing, by means of repeated struggle, the hypothesis of its inexhaustibility and, in allowing the practitioner a glimpse of that inexhaustibility, opening up the potential for a transcendental experience.” Massimo Magee, London 2017

These two extended pieces of living-and-breathing sound sculpture are wonderful displays of duo-improvisation at its most symbiotic. Some sounds are clearly from Malone’s guitar, while others are clearly from Magee’s treated/extended saxophone, but 80% of the time we have this swirling dance of elements where the sound-source is not immediately evident to the average listener. Malone and Magee exist in a shared space and they create an incredibly wide variety of sounds. Each “trial” is like a core sample (or, if you will, a biopsy slice/sample) from a living, breathing sound-entity—-frankly, the only thing wrong with the album is that it’s not a 5-cd set with a dozen “trials,” but these tantalizing samples will, we hope, get you seeking out other works from Massimo Magee and James L. Malone. I’ve played the album about 20 times myself, as if I am walking around and studying a ten-foot tall, ten-foot wide contemporary sculpture, taking it in from different angles, watching the natural light play on the surfaces differently as time passes, changing my relationship with the sculpture….and having my relationship with the sculpture changed for me by an infinite variety of variables….within the limits of the possible.

Be sure to grab this exciting and satisfying CDR album ASAP….

MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits of the Possible”

(KSE #375, CDR album)

$8 postpaid in the USA  (see below for foreign pricing and ordering instructions)

NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the US.

OUTSIDE THE USA , one album is $18.00 postpaid, first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that—sorry, but it now costs almost $14 US to send one CDR overseas….you save A LOT by buying more than one—in fact, the price on an order of two or more HAS GONE DOWN!

1 album= $18, 2 albums= $20, 3 albums= $28, etc. Thanks for your understanding of this. The Post Office now charges $14.50 to mail ONE cdr without a jewel box to Europe or Asia!

Payment is via paypal, using the e-mail address   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   . It might be helpful for you to also shoot me an e-mail telling me you’ve sent funds and what items you want…or if you prefer, tell me what books/cdr’s you want, and I’ll send you a paypal invoice.

FOREIGN KSE FRIENDS: we have a lot of great albums to use for your second album, costing only 2 dollars more (!!!) than one album, due to the exorbitant foreign postage rates, which are pretty much the same for one or for four or five cd’s. Take advantage of that and get Massimo’s previous album MUSIC IN 3 SPACES, are new album of compositions for percussion from San Antonio’s DANE ROUSAY, the latest album by Ernesto Diaz-Infante “Manitas,” Alfred 23 Harth’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES, etc. See below:

KSE #373 (CDR), DANE ROUSAY, “Anatomize” (new for July 2017)

KSE #372, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Manitas” solo classical guitar

KSE #369, A. F. JONES, “FOUR DOT THREE TO ONE”

KSE #362, FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “Florida Nocturne Revisited”….new interpretations of Shute’s Florida Nocturne Poems

KSE #370, “KSE 11th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM” featuring newly recorded, exclusive tracks from members of the KSE family and friends: JEN HILL, VANESSA ROSSETTO, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, LISA CAMERON, BRIAN RURYK, FOSSILS, MORE EAZE, JOHN BELL, MASSIMO MAGEE, MATTHEW REVERT, STEVE FLATO

KSE #355 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “wOrk”

KSE #357 (CDR) SMOKEY EMERY / VENISON WHIRLED, “turning into”

KSE #363 (CDR) ALFRED 23 HARTH’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES

KSE #359 (CDR), TOM CREAN & MATT ROBIDOUX, “Blank Space”–cover art by Jennifer Baron

KSE #336 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Kepler 452b Edition”

KSE #351 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Music In 3 Spaces”

KSE #350 (CDR) ANTHONY GUERRA / BILL SHUTE, “Subtraction” KSE  reissue of album originally released in 2011 on Black Petal Records, Australia 

KSE #335 (CDR album), REVEREND RAYMOND BRANCH, “Rainbow Gospel Hour…On The Air!”—a wonderful hour-long AM-radio broadcast, mastered from cassette, capturing the warmth and joy of Rev. Branch in both music (lots of it) and spoken message

KSE #334 (CDR album), BRIAN RURYK, “Actual Size…degress again” (sic)

KSE #333 (CDR album), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Tunnels” solo 12-string acoustic mantra guitar

KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

Speaking of John Bell, our next release—-out around July 25—-is a new solo album from Mr. Bell, as with the new Dane Rousay album, it’s devoted to compositions for percussion. Stay Tuned….and as always, thanks for your support. Please share the word about KSE….we do not have a lot of money to work with, but we do the most with what we have…..just like most of our families nowadays!

MASSIMO DUO 2017 COVER

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