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The Spokes: Not So Fast
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The Spokes
Not So Fast
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The Spokes is a unique wind trio co-led by three composer/instrumentalists, who each have a distinctive musical personality and diverse history on the New York music scene: Andy Biskin (clarinet), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone) and Phillip Johnston (soprano saxophone). All three compose for the group with their own personal approach, but their music is linked by a lyrical sense of melody, a wry sense of humor, and a distinctive, idiosyncratic compositional voice.

On this debut recording, The Spokes channel influences from early 20th-century chamber music, New Orleans jazz, Third Stream music, Civil War brass bands, and contemporary classical idioms, all delivered with wit and agility (think Jimmy Giuffre’s trios, Debussy’s chamber pieces, or Raymond Scott’s horn section). Also influential are the many groups led by the composers in their individual careers, such as The Microscopic Septet, Trio Tragico, The New Mellow Edwards, Fast ‘N’ Bulbous, and Decoupage.

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01. Dizzy Dame (5:25)
02. Spoken Not Heard (6:43)
03. Hippo Park (7:42)
04. Lady Baltimore (5:49)
05. Nothing Flat (4:05)
06. Normal Anyone (7:12)
07. Wedding Song (5:18)
08. Workaround (6:16)
09. Wiesinski (6:40)
10. In My Country (5:45)
11. Jumpin' Jehoshaphat (3:37)
12. Dogs Like Breath (1:50)

Andy Biskin, clarinet
Curtis Hasselbring, trombone
Phillip Johnston, soprano saxophone

Recorded Dec 13–14, 2009 at Lofish Studios NYC by Jon Rosenberg
Mixed by Drew Bissett at Q Studios and Benchmark Mastering
Post Production and Mastering by Jason Candler
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk NY

Tracks 1, 7, 11, 12 by Phillip Johnston/Jedible Music (BMI)
Tracks 2, 6 by Curtis Hasselbring/Zen Schlubbo Music (BMI)
Tracks 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 by Andy Biskin/Andoor Music (SESAC)

Executive Producer: Edward Ratliff
Produced by Andy Biskin and Phillip Johnston


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