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Peaceful Contact Proved Elusive

by Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman

This guitar and bass duo album explores the fringes of polite music through compositions ranging widely in scope from rubato ballads to wild free improvisations.
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hic Hip
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
5:17 $0.99
2. Bends
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
2:43 $0.99
3. Gradual Coalescence 1-12
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
8:46 $0.99
4. Rotting Watermelons
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
3:23 $0.99
5. Lorraine Is a Good Name for a Bat
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
6:02 $0.99
6. Gradual Coalescence 12-1
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
6:32 $0.99
7. Take the Bandaid Off
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
4:58 $0.99
8. Bends
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
2:01 $0.99
9. Free Jazz Sketches
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
18:04 $1.99
10. Ice Trains Jbeh/Dfag
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
1:41 $0.99
11. Ice Trains Hacfegh/Bichagf
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
3:49 $0.99
12. Ice Trains Had/Def
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
1:13 $0.99
13. Ice Trains J-a/a-J
Matt Smiley & Alex Nauman
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album was recorded September 22nd, 2013 and was mixed, mastered and produced by Greg Heimbecker at the UNC Recording Studio in Greeley, CO.

About the music.

1. Hic Hip – composition by Matt Smiley, May 7th 2012, dedicated to Christian Wolff, made possible by Greg Heimbecker, who brought Chinese gongs and a very large frame drum to the recording session. The score is a single melodic line with chord changes, dots, thick black lines and long tones, while the second line is rhythmic, with a few graphic explosions. Matt Smiley plays gongs and bass, while Alex Nauman plays guitar and frame drum.

2. Bends – composition by Alex Nauman, July 9th 2011, dedicated to Derek Bailey. First performed as a solo at Pat’s Place in Billings, MT. There are two versions of the piece on the album, clean and distorted. The notation calls for all possible ways and combinations to bend pitch(es).

3. Gradual Coalescence – composition by Matt Smiley, May 7th 2013, dedicated to Ken Vandermark, originally titled SQHN and composed for a trio with an additional trumpet part. The piece is made up of 12 cells that the musicians improvise the connection between, and each cell can be played in any order. On the album the cells are played forwards and backwards in the same ordering on both instruments.

4. Rotting Watermelons – composition by Alex Nauman, 2013, dedicated to Frank Zappa. The composition is inspired by two Frank Zappa songs Black Napkins and Watermelons in Easter Hay.

5. Take the Bandaid off – composition by Alex Nauman, 2013. Early in the recording session Alex cut one of his fingers, and had to bandage it up, hence the title. This is the ballad of the album and one of the only pieces that employs [semi] traditional harmonies.

6. Lorraine is a Good Name for a Bat – composition by Matt Smiley, December 17th 2012, dedicated to William Burroughs. Five very different sections of music that can be played in any ordering with improvisation in between each section. The title comes from a line from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.

7. Sketches for Ornette – composition/arrangement by Matt Smiley, August 1st 2013. This is Matt Smiley’s duo version of Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz. Based on a transcription/arrangement of Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz for double quartet performed in 2010. Includes the same amount of solo sections, including the bass duet, and the two drum solos.

8. Ice Trains – chance composition by Matt Smiley, September 8th 2013, dedicated to John Zorn. Each performer has 7 pages of any notated music, and the modular score involves specific interpretations of the combination of notated music. The 7 pages should be different if possible, but any arrangement could be made: 7 pages of a Beethoven string quartet, or one page of Charlie Parker, Brahms, John Cage, REM, Bulgarian music, Moondog, and a church hymn, or 3 pages of AC/DC and 4 pages of Chopin. Each of the four versions of Ice Trains uses different orderings of the score, and different notated scores.



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