SAM WEINBERG / HENRY FRASER / TYLER DAMON - Foment (Amalgam 17; Earth) Featuring Sam Weinberg on tenor sax, Henry Fraser on contrabass and Tyler Damon on drums. Downtown saxist Sam Weinberg and bassist Henry Fraser have been working together for a while, this is their second trio disc. Chicago drummer,Tyler Damon, is in a great trio called Kuzu with Dave Rempis and Tashi Dorji. I caught Mr. Damon in a trio set with Dave Rempis in one of those Eric Stern concerts last year (2019). This disc was recorded at Slate Arts in Chicago in April of 2019. This is a strong, intense, focused and free trio. The sound is most organic, warm and acoustic. There are two long pieces here. The trio get freer and more intense as each evolves. Midway, they really hit their stride with Mr. Weinberg holding on to and stretching out certain notes, bending them into focused fragments. when the trio slows down, they sound more cautious and often fascinating, concentrating on more fragile sonic excursions. The second long piece here, “Bait”, features more of this introspective weirdness and is more unexpected in the way it moves or works. Bassist Henry Fraser has become one of the better experimental bassists in the ever-evolving Downtown Network and his contribution here is something else. Check it out.
Written by Bruce Lee Gallanter for Downtown Music Gallery
"Foment" represents a first-meeting of New Yorkers saxophonist Sam Weinberg & bassist Henry Fraser with Chicago drummer Tyler Damon. Although the three musicians had not played in this formation before the recording, Weinberg and Fraser have been working in close partnership, in various capacities and configurations, for half a decade. Their rapport is evident, but here modified, tinkered with, and expanded upon by the expansive drumming of Damon whose voice opens the record on the sprawling "Sleet". Throughout the course of this close to hour long recording–spread out over two lengthy tracks– the trio traverses a host of dynamic and timbral zones, without ever sacrificing a palpable sense of momentum and entropy. Recorded in the winter of 2019, "Foment" is a document of forward-thinking 21st century improvised music from an irrepressible crew of fledgling musicians.
Sam Weinberg is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser living and working in Brooklyn, NY. he currently leads the band BLOOR (with Andrew Smiley, Jason Nazary and Henry Fraser), whose 2019 debut, Drolleries (Astral Spirits), was widely praised. Additionally, he often finds himself in many improvised situations – examples being primary and regular duo playing with Henry Fraser, Sandy Ewen, and Chris Welcome. Other improvised collaborations are many and varied and have included the likes of Ben Bennett, Jaimie Branch, Weasel Walter, Brandon Seabrook, Mike Pride, Charmaine Lee, Chris Pitsiokos, John McCowen, Ben Gerstein, Mark Morgan (sightings), and many others. He also has worked extensively with sound collage and musique concrete in which he is principally concerned with perception, texture, repetition, and disintegration. His music has been released by Astral Spirits, Buh Records (Peru), Anticausal Systems, and his own imprint, Renfusa. Weinberg has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Henry Fraser (b.1991) is a bassist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. Henry’s work oscillates around established genres of music, polarized by his exhaustive solo double bass improvisations and the myriad, yet haunting, songs of The Full Salon. Henry has toured throughout the US, Europe, and South America, collaborating with Anthony Coleman, Brandon Seabrook, Sam Weinberg, Charmaine Lee, Carlo Costa, Ryan Power, Chris Pitsiokos, Axel Dörner, Mike Pride, Weasel Walter, Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri, Francisco Mela, Joe Morris, and many others.
“TYLER DAMON (b. 1987, Cincinnati, OH USA) is a Chicago, Illinois based artist whose work aims to reveal obscured, mercurial narratives via drums/percussion & free improvisation. In addition to solo work, Tyler is involved in extended duo exhibitions with guitarist Tashi Dorji, saxophonist Dave Rempis, & bassist Darin Gray (as Duo Oninbo). Building upon the foundation of the Dorji/Damon duo, the pair is often augmented into a range of trios featuring Rempis (as Kuzu), Mette Rasmussen, & Thom Nguyen (as Manas). He is also recognized for his drumming with Circuit Des Yeux as well as a long-term association with John Dawson as the shape-shifting outfit Thee Open Sex.”
Sam Weinberg - Tenor saxophone
Henry Fraser - Upright bass
Tyler Damon - Drum kit
Recorded at Slate Arts, Chicago, April 5, 2019, by Dave Zuchowski.
Mixed and mastered by Bill Harris