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Sommian A 05:09
Sommian B 08:34
Sommian C 09:44
Sommian D 08:19
Sommain E 06:57
Sommian F 06:19


Michael Thomas Jackson - clarinet
David Menestres - double bass
Crowmeat Bob Pence - bass clarinet
Charles Phaneuf - clarinet
Dan Ruccia - viola

All music by Polyorchard.

Recorded by David Menestres 02.24.2018 with binaural equipment courtesy the estate of Dan Lilley.

Mastered by Andrew Weathers 03.2018.

Artwork from "trenches" by David Menestres, 12.2017.

A waveform alphabet production for Out and Gone Music.

Download as FLAC for high resolution 24/96 files.

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.


Sammy Stein, writing for The Free Jazz Collective:

Sommian - also out now- see a change of line up and a quintet. This time it is Michael Thomas Jackson on clarinet, David Menestres - double bass, Crowmeat Bob Pence - bass clarinet, Charles Phaneuf on clarinet and Dan Ruccia on viola. Track one opens with intent, the bass string bending the line up for the sax and viola singing out over the top, the sound is deep, heavy, thrusting and evocative. The bass clarinet voice is heard under many sections and is the mighty shoulders upon which much of the sound rests across the track. The contrasts with the clarinet and viola lines adds to the wonder of the track as it develops. Track 2 is spacey, stutt notes adding atmosphere and short, sharp points of reference, which the bass clarinet picks and develops the middle tone into a riff of its own, over which the bass enters and bows and bends its way into a cavernous depth of sound. This is a track enjoyable because of the interactions going on, which are busy, vital and emphatic, each instrument seeming to want more of a say - and the sound voids are amazing. Track 3 is interaction extreme, complete with bells and whistles which builds, builds again and develops the sounds , each musician picking up those laid before them and combining the key notes to create diversions, intricacies and changes - outstanding. Track 5 is a gentler affair, the percussive, spacey nature contrasting with the blast of before, but wait, this grows, it develops, it builds, it follows a rhythm from the second third, the rhythm firmly set by bass and around this everything builds and the sound wall is created - until it ebbs again, the dynamism here is extraordinary. Track 6 is different again yet still with that group entity which pervades this CD - the musicians listen, they interact, they entwine and unravel again and again.

The CDs show how musicians who listen and want to explore can develop huge sounds - or small, delicate intricacies depending on what takes the moment. Both CDs have a dialect of their own but they are linked by that universal language - the desire to explore, challenge and make good free flowing music with spontaneity and intrigue. There is a sense of a tunnel into which the sounds are poured and what emerges the other end could be anything - or everything.

Read the full review at: www.freejazzblog.org/2019/03/polyorchard-black-mountain-and.html

From Sammy Stein's Top Ten of the Year List:

"free flowing, free sharing jazz ranging from serendipity to annihilation - just as it should be."



released March 20, 2019


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