Liner Notes from original 2009 Clean Feed release:
A renku is an often collaborative form of Japanese poetry, composed by a gathering of poets who trade metrically intricate stanzas building on each other’s syllabic fusions of sight and sound, breath and illuminations.
This album was recorded in a single afternoon session at Salão Brasil in Coimbra, Portugal on the second day of my quintet’s three-day residency at the 2008 JACC Festival. A companion disc, Twines of Colesion, features the quintet with saxophonist Tony Malaby and pianist Russ Lossing (who makes a cameo here on track 4) in a set of my compositions. Documented on renku in coimbra, in some wondrous parenthesis of time, is the trio at its core.
John, Satoshi and I had been playing as a quasi-collective since the summer of 2003. We recorded our first album for Playscape Records a year later. This is our second and features three John Hébert compositions, two songs by two of my earliest models on alto, and two pieces of my own. It’s a gift to be able to play music with these two gentlemen; I hope we continue for many years to come. This session, the most relaxed in my experience, was a bit of a breakthrough for me personally and I believe for the group as well. We hope you enjoy it listening to it at least as much as we enjoyed making it.
released November 25, 2009
Michaël Attias: alto saxophone, John Hébert: bass, Satoshi Takeishi: drums + special guest Russ lossing: piano on #4
3,4 Michaël Attias, Ravished Limbs Music/SESAC
1,5,7,8 John Hébert, Cavebear Music/ASCAP
2 Lee Konitz, Jilmar Music/BMI
6 Jimmy Lyons, Kind Lion/BMI
Recorded at Salão Brasil in Coimbra, Portugal on June 6, 2008 by João Farraz. Mixed by João Ferraz. Mastered by Luis Delgado. Art by Zhan Daquian
thanks to john, satoshi, russ for music friendship and inspiration; pedro, joao, zé, sao jorge, pissarro, presidente and all the clean feed team for making this possible and a big pracer; salão brasil for hospitality and many ginger gin ginginhas; tony malaby, sean conly, nasheet waits; jean et aimée attias; do mi re à qui ces oiseaux sont dédiés…