Soon We Will Not Be Here

by James Hall Thousand Rooms Quartet

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Each of these pieces sets work written by a poet who has lived and worked in New York City. Their voices, ranging from dark and introspective to humorous and disjunct, reflect the city’s diversity, and the many (often conflicting) ways that artists approach it.

The poets’ words, both written and spoken, have heavily shaped these compositions and improvisations. The melody to Free Country is a direct transcription of a recitation by Emily Ruth Hazel, and the pauses in Heart as Arena correspond with Paolo Javier’s use of space on the printed page. Allowing each poem to instate a new set of rules forced me to stretch myself compositionally and performatively. The result is an experiment in style and an exploration of the thick gradient between composition and improvisation, made possible by the expert skills and adventurous spirits of Evan, Matthew, and Ronen.

-James Hall

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released October 1, 2013

James Hall - Trombone & Compositions
Matthew Vitti - Baritone
Evan Mazunik - Piano
Ronen Itzik - Drums

Produced by Ryan Keberle
Recorded by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Studios, Yonkers, NY
Mixed and Mastered by Katsuhiko Naito
Photography by Ilya Popenko
Artwork by wild pigs at www.ilysom.com

www.jameshallmusic.com / @jameshallmusic

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James Hall New York, New York

Hailed as "A warm-toned lyrical player” with “harmonic sophistication” (Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat Magazine), James Hall is a versatile trombonist/composer re-imagining professional musicianship for the millennial generation.

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