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Red October

by Polyorchard

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A1. I Would 08:30
A2. Like 11:01
A3. To 11:04
B1. Have 07:26
B2. Seen 08:11
B3. Montana 10:12


released October 15, 2017

Jeb Bishop - trombone jebbishop.com
Laurent Estoppey - saxophone laurentestoppey.com
Shawn Galvin - percussion shawngalvin.com
David Menestres - double bass davidmenestres.com

Out and Gone Music OG03

Recorded by David Menestres
Mastering by Alex Inglizian at ESS

Recorded October 6, 2014
live at Neptunes Parlour, Raleigh, NC

All music by Polyorchard except B1 by David Menestres.
Artwork by David Menestres.
Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved.


Liner Notes by Emily Leon desertsuprematism.com

Within seconds of listening to Red October, I felt as though I was the steel ball in a pinball game – the subject being manipulated inside of a glass box. I’m not suggesting cheap entertainment, but rather implying that, like the steel ball, this album propels you into the playfield: targets, holes and saucers, spinners and rollovers, gates. The gate motif often represents an entrance and an exit, a passage to a new beginning, and there are clear moments of a sounding procession throughout this album. Red October produces infinite possibilities of sound, and can be heard and experienced in infinite ways. There is an energy that consumes your consciousness, traps you in your own mind, and releases you as a means to undergo a transformative experience.

Perhaps Gaston Bachelard’s question featured in The Poetics of Space applies here, “In this drama of intimate geometry, where should one live?”


"six free dialogs showing intent listening amongst the four as they create complex, interweaving, sophisticated statements; impressive!"

4 stars from JazzWise Magazine, March 2018

Dusted review, October 24, 2017:

....the group displays a bold commitment to the practice, not the genre, of improvisation. The distinction is a subtle but crucial one.

Where many free improvisation performances can fall into a predictable dynamic pattern of peaks and valleys, Polyorchard crafts intricate forms with clear but idiosyncratic arcs. Each extempore arrangement is packed with surprise.....


Avant Scena review, December 7, 2017
Original, bright and evocative...


4 stars AllAboutJazz review, April 11, 2018:

This isn't purely sound-based improvisation, though; there are bracing moments of contrapuntal interplay and emergent harmonies that add nuance to the music's emotional drama...


For more music from Polyorchard, go to soundcloud.com/polyorchard

For more from Out and Gone Music, visit outandgonemusic.com

For international fans, shipping is cheaper if you order from SquidCo. Sorry that our government continues to severely under fund our postal system. Email a copy of your invoice to polyorchard (at) gmail and I'll send you a download code.


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