No Man's Land by Alex Goodman
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About the Album
"No Man's Land" is the first track from the "Blue" side of guitarist Alex Goodman's new double album "Impressions in Blue and Red," out March 13, 2020 via Outside in Music.
Toronto-born, New York City-based Goodman has the gift of synesthesia, his mind keenly associating various sounds with particular colors. With the vivid double album Impressions in Blue and Red – to be released on CD and digitally via Outside In Music on March 13, 2020 – he explores this uncommon facility in depth. He fronts two distinct quartets, each especially attuned to its material: The “blue” disc sets the leader alongside Ben Van Gelder (alto saxophone), Martin Nevin (double-bass) and Jimmy Macbride (drums); the “red” disc features the guitarist with Alex LoRe (alto sax), Rick Rosato(double-bass) and Mark Ferber (drums).
Goodman’s coloristic associations extended to his choice of musicians for the album. “The players that I chose for each of the bands on the record was also an intuitive thing, but a strong one,” he says. “I associated the sound and personality of each musician with either blue or red.” For eight of the tracks on Impressions in Blue and Red, there are extended improvised intros, two by Goodman and one for each of his bandmates in turn. “Those intros were something that I incorporated as a way for each musician to reveal their expressive voices more fully, but I also think they heighten the flow of the album.” As a conceptual double-album, "Impressions in Blue and Red" stands out as Goodman’s most ambitious recording to date.
No Man's Land; Blue Shade (Intro); Blue Shade; Moods; Space Behind Eugene Boch (Intro); Space Behind Eugene Boch; Zen (Intro); Zen; Cobalt Blue; Still Life With Skull (Intro); Still Life With Skull; I'll Never Be the Same; Choose; Circles in a Circle; Impending (Intro); Impending; In Heaven Everything is Fine; Toys; Occam's Razor; Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It (Intro); Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It; E.T.; Sonata No. 12 Adagio (Intro); Sonata No. 12 Adagio; View in Perspective (Intro); View in Perspective; If I Loved You.
March 24, 2020
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