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Liberty Ellman

Tactiles

  • Type CD
  • Label Pi Recordings
  • UPC 0808713000825
  • Catalog number PI 08
  • Release date 06 November 2008
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About the album

Liberty Ellman, one of New York’s most imaginative and unorthodox guitarist/composers follows up 1998’s Orthodoxy, which he released on his own Red Giant Records, with Tactiles. The Tactiles quartet is formed of Mark Shim on tenor, Stephan Crump on bass and Eric Harland on drums. The album also features Greg Osby on tracks, 3,7 & 8. Tactiles documents sounds and concepts that have been gestating since Ellman returned to his native New York from the Bay Area in 1998. Ellman employs a clean, unadorned sound on Tactiles, achieving rich timbral contrasts and an alluring sonic blend with Mark Shim’s weighty and gruff tenor sax. Interestingly, both Ellman and Shim make extensive use of the lower registers of their respective instruments. “I like a warm, clear sound,” says Ellman, “one that allows you to hear the quality of the strings and the wood of the instrument, but not too pristine. I still prefer to hear the grit of a vintage tube amp.” Crump and Harland flourish within Ellman’s intricate rhythmic frameworks on pieces such as “Excavation”, “Helios”, and “Post Approval”. In these workouts, Ellman crafts a dense polyrhythmic language and focuses the heated interaction with his undulating single-note lines and cliché-free chording. “With this record,” Ellman explains, “I wanted to be as direct as possible, making music that has a visceral, almost physical quality. Hence the title, Tactiles.”

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    1
    Excavation
     
    05:56
  • 1
    2
    Clean is Rich
     
    06:37
  • 1
    3
    Temporary Aid
     
    08:06
  • 1
    4
    Helios
     
    07:19
  • 1
    5
    Rare Birds
     
    04:30
  • 1
    6
    Body Art
     
    05:26
  • 1
    7
    How Many Texts
     
    05:18
  • 1
    8
    Ultraviolet
     
    05:06
  • 1
    9
    Post Approval
     
    08:07

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