COLIN STETSON

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Woodwind player Colin Stetson can play powerfully while circularly breathing for long periods, can draw multiphonics out of a sax with great skill, and can command an audience's attention with his focus and melodic improvisations. Stetson was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, where he became proficient on assorted saxophones, clarinet, and flute. He earned a degree in music from his hometown school the University of Michigan in 1997, studying with Roscoe Mitchell, Donald Sinta, and Christopher Creviston; afterward, he went on to study with Steve Adams and Henry Threadgill as well. While still in college, he co-founded Transmission (which later became Transmission Trio), and in 1998 he played with progressive Detroit-area jazz-rockers Larval on their Knitting Factory album Larval 2. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area that summer along with the rest of Transmission, which released its first album in 1999. Stetson also branched out to read more...
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New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges [Limited Edition] [With CD]New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges [Limited Edition] [With CD]
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CONSTELLATION 2011
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Hereditary (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Hereditary (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Milan Records 2018
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New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More LightNew History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light
CONSTELLATION 2013
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Presents: Sorrow - Reimagining Of Gorecki'S 3Rd SymphonyPresents: Sorrow - Reimagining Of Gorecki'S 3Rd Symphony
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All This I Do For GloryAll This I Do For Glory
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New History of Warfare: Vol. 1New History of Warfare: Vol. 1
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Those Who Didn't RunThose Who Didn't Run
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CONSTELLATION 2011
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New History Warfare 3: To See More Light by Colin Stetson (2013-05-04)New History Warfare 3: To See More Light by Colin Stetson (2013-05-04)
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COLIN STETSON Slow Descent album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slow Descent
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
COLIN STETSON New History Warfare, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New History Warfare, Volume 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
COLIN STETSON New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges album cover 3.46 | 5 ratings
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
COLIN STETSON Big Orange Studios (Austin, TX) Jul 8, 2011 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Orange Studios (Austin, TX) Jul 8, 2011
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
COLIN STETSON Colin Stetson / Sarah Neufeld / Gregory Rogove ‎: Dec 12, 2012 - Studio Paradiso, San Francisco, CA album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Colin Stetson / Sarah Neufeld / Gregory Rogove ‎: Dec 12, 2012 - Studio Paradiso, San Francisco, CA
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2012
COLIN STETSON Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld : Never Were the Way She Was album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld : Never Were the Way She Was
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
COLIN STETSON SORROW - a reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
SORROW - a reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony
Third Stream 2016
COLIN STETSON All This I Do For Glory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All This I Do For Glory
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2017

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COLIN STETSON Those Who Didn't Run album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Those Who Didn't Run
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011

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COLIN STETSON Stones (with Mats Gustafsson) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stones (with Mats Gustafsson)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
COLIN STETSON New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013

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COLIN STETSON New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Album · 2011 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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"Judges" is mesmerizing and unpredictable, like no other album that came out this year.

Colin Stetson is an American bass saxophone player that has gained a lot of respect in the alternative music scene, thanks also to his collaborations with bands like Arcade Fire or even with Tom Waits. “New History Warfare Vol.2: Judges” is his second solo album, a direct follow-up to the first “New History Warfare” that was released in 2008. How can somebody expect to enjoy an album were there is nothing but one instrument, in this case a saxophone? Well, “Judges” is the answer.

I was so surprised and impressed the first time I heard the title track, which was the first Colin Stetson track I’d heard. It was so eerie, strange, but it had such a fascinating sound, I was immediately hypnotized. And that’s how I feel about this album as a whole: mesmerizing and unpredictable, like no other jazz album that came out this year. Like I said, the only instrument on this album is Stetson’s saxophone; but, while recording the album, he used about twenty microphones put in one big room where Colin was playing. Its amazing listening to these tracks, thinking that that is a saxophone playing, while it could sound anything but. Of course not all the album is instrumental: in a few tracks, we find as a guest Laurie Anderson, the avant-garde musician, that gives some spoken word. There is also a singer, who some might recognize as the Decemberists female singer in “The Hazards Of Love” album, that gives her voice to a few tracks.

My problem with this album aren’t really the some of the songs; it’s just that I feel like “Judges” is just a simple collection of songs, ordered according to no criterion whatsoever, kind of the same thing that I said about the James Blake album. If the album was more “organized”, I would have definitely enjoyed it even more than I do now. Some of these songs, like the title track, “Red Horse”, “In Love And In Justice”, to name a few, are the songs where Stetson seems to experiment the most. There are then more straight forward, more melodic tracks, like the amazingly gripping and breathtaking “The Righteous Path Of An Honorable Man”, where Colin plays without any interruption. Then they are the creepy songs, like the spoken word ones, especially “a Dream Of Water”, really chilling thanks also to Laurie’s tongue-less voice, or the more dramatic “The Stars In His Head”.

In a way, this is a masterpiece of collage music, full of different pieces of music, that differ one another only by moods and atmosphere. That is most definitely the best way I can see “Judges”. If you like Experimental/ Avant-garde music, I strongly recommend this album to you, if you’re looking for something beyond normal.

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